Carnet de Passage en Douane (Carnet CPD)

A Carnet de Passage en Douane is an international agreement which allows the temporary importation of a vehicle for up to 12 months by visitors to Australia. The Carnet de Passage en Douane is obtained in the country of residence.

If you are visiting Australia on a vacation, you may temporarily import your vehicle to Australia by presenting a valid carnet to the Department of Home Affairs at the port where the vehicle arrives in Australia.

A Carnet CPD is similar to a personal passport and contains all the relevant information about the vehicle—make, model, colour, engine capacity, seating capacity, registration number, owner and value. Carnet CPDs can be obtained for motor vehicles, motorcycles, campervans, four wheel drive vehicles, caravans and trailers.

Your vehicle's Carnet CPD must be obtained from the motoring organisation in your country of residence before you leave home. (For USA residents, carnets are available from the Canadian Automobile Association in Ottawa.)

Conditions of Use

  • A Carnet CPD is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
  • Vehicles imported under a Carnet CPD may not be lent, sold, mortgaged, hired, exchanged, given away or otherwise disposed of in Australia.
  • The vehicle must be exported from Australia prior to or on the expiry date of the carnet.
  • The vehicle that is covered by a Carnet CPD must not remain in Australia when the owner is not in Australia.

An ATA Carnet excludes means of transport, if you wish to import a vehicle for touring/use on roads then an ATA Carnet cannot be used and you will need to meet one of the vehicle import options and gain a vehicle import approval.

Please see the Department of Home Affairs Temporary importations for an the differences between a CDP and ATA Carnet.

Vehicles imported without a carnet will not be permitted to clear Australian Customs until a Vehicle Import Approval is issued.

Note: The Department does not issue carnets and is unable to assist with any questions on carnets. As far as private road vehicles are concerned, since Australia operates the CPD System, these should be covered by CPD Carnets (Carnet de Passages en Douane) which are administered at the international level by the Alliance International du Tourisme (AIT) and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and locally by Automobile clubs. For further information on Carnets de Passage en Douane (CPD), please visit the Website of AIT/FIA:

The information provided on this page should be used as guidance material only for importing a vehicle into Australia. Please familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation prior to lodging an application.


Last Updated: 12 November, 2018