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Old 03-31-2014, 04:25 AM   #1
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Has anyone sucessfully crossed Malaysia to Indo on a bike?

Im looking at buyiing a xr250 in cambodia and riding to indo, then selling the bike at the end.
Has anyone done this?

id love to know if its possible, in relation to visa/carnets. Thanks!
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:50 AM   #2
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I΄ve transported my bike from Malaysia to Indonesia, 6 yrs ago... Cakra Shipping΄s onion boats from Penang were the way to go at least back then.

But this was my bike from Europe, and I had the carnet for it. Which I believe Indonesia requires, and even the shipping company folks asked about it straight away, said they΄ll only ship bikes on carnets. How do you arrange a carnet for a bike you buy in Cambodia, I just don΄t know.... or if there is a way in without it.

(There was somebody a few years ago, who had bought a cheap bike in Vietnam, and did manage to get it all the way down to Indo, so maybe it is somehow do-able.. but sorry I never followed that trip so closely as to know, how exactly he did it).
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:49 AM   #3
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Carnet required

I did the land crossing from Timor to Indonesia on a small bike late last year and the carnet was definitely required. I used Cakra from Indonesia to Malaysia and same deal with the carnet to get into Malaysia. Oddly enough when you do the land crossing from Thailand into Malaysia they don't even record that the bike has come into the country.
You might be able to organise a carnet in KL but if you dump the bike in Indonesia you will lose the money on the carnet. It would be cheaper to just buy another bike in Indonesia.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:20 PM   #4
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A few years back Beemerboy took his Africa twin to Sumatra. Dig through ride reports for his story. No carnet he had to fork up some bribe money and had a local rider help. It's doable but not easy.

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Old 04-19-2014, 04:13 AM   #5
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A few years back Beemerboy took his Africa twin to Sumatra. Dig through ride reports for his story. No carnet he had to fork up some bribe money and had a local rider help. It's doable but not easy.
If you're referring to a ride report from 7-8 years ago, this dude actually did get in without carnet - but not without banging his head to the wall with the customs for about 2 days. Indonesian customs can really be a pain. While I was there, I met several bikers, who had had considerable problems on entry, and some had been stuck for weeks. WITH carnet as well! Belawan & land border in Timor seem to work quite well, any other point of entry, like Jakarta airport, could be asking for trouble.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:53 AM   #6
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My bike is in Thailand now, Now there is a big sign when you enter thailand now from malaysia that requires you to fill in a Temp import document. which is valid for a month ONLY i did this by choice becuase the big sign said I had to.
pain in ass even though I had the carnet stamped aswell my bike can only be in Thailand for one month someone please tell me Im wrong because I have to ride back to malaysia to get another month
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:31 PM   #7
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My bike is in Thailand now, Now there is a big sign when you enter thailand now from malaysia that requires you to fill in a Temp import document. which is valid for a month ONLY i did this by choice becuase the big sign said I had to.
pain in ass even though I had the carnet stamped aswell my bike can only be in Thailand for one month someone please tell me Im wrong because I have to ride back to malaysia to get another month
Sorry, but I tried twice to get a temp import for longer than one month, but the don't allow it.

They will fine you for everyday your bike overstays even if you have a longer visa. Had to head to Lao and Cambodia to get another issued.
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:32 AM   #8
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Indo definatley requires carnet. I rode to darwin a couple of years ago and put my bike on a boat bound for Dili in Timor leste. Carnet was purchased from AAA in Darwin . Every country you travel in Asia will require a Carnet i imagine. I crossed the border from Timor Leste into West Timor and it was required, after the land crossing i rode on to Kupang, then boat to larantuka, larantuka to Laubuhan Bajo, then Sape by Boat, then boat from Subawa to Mataran ,Lombok.After Lombok i caught the boat to Padangbi , Bali.
Top trip but omg it was bloody hot :)
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:44 AM   #9
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" Every country you travel in Asia will require a Carnet i imagine "

No. Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Australia require it. And officially Malaysia as well, although they seemed relaxed about it. Can't remember if Nepal requires it, didn't go there myself.
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Old 10-12-2014, 08:57 PM   #10
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Hi,

Bringing a bike to Indonesia could be pretty expensive if not troublesome. You definitely need a carnet to bring your bike here. The problem is not the carnet thou, but the temporary import security deposit which value will be almost double the price of your bike. The deposit will be released back to you when you and your bike leave the country. So the option of selling the bike here in Indonesia is out of question.

The best way to ride around Indonesia will be:
1. Buy a bike here, ride, and sell on departure; or
2. Use bike tour service which will provide you with bike, routes, ride buddy and so on.

I run Indonesia Bike Tours and we provide adventure riding tours for incoming riders from around the world. It's a new business, but don't worry, the combined experience of my team in managing adventure tours are something we are proud of and you can rely on. We are adventure bikers ourself :)

Does not mean to be commercial in this post, feel free to contact me for your adventure riding trips in this beautiful country :)

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Old 10-13-2014, 03:36 AM   #11
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I did not have to leave any deposit, isn't that what the carnet is for (and I did have a big deposit with the carnet issuer in my home country)? But that was 6,5 years ago, a lot of things have certainly changed, although demanding deposit on top of carnet does sound strange to me.

I did meet other bikers, who had had serious problems with Indonesian customs, so maybe I just got lucky..
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:14 AM   #12
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Sorry, but I tried twice to get a temp import for longer than one month, but the don't allow it.

They will fine you for everyday your bike overstays even if you have a longer visa. Had to head to Lao and Cambodia to get another issued.
There's been some changes recently.

You could overstay and pay the fine - which was reasonable. It was 200 baht / day up to maximum of 2,000 baht ($60) for an absolute maximum of 6 months. Now its a maximum of 10,000 baht ($300)... and more risk of having the bike confiscated.

I've paid the $60 a few times - and even so the last time, although the new regime was in... but I had receipts, photos, etc for work done on the bike.

The right attitude at the border goes a long way... and I don't mean slinging them money - I've heard of people coming unstuck going down that path.
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