REMINDER: Temporary Importation of Road Vehicles and Foreign Vehicle Permits

PUBLIC NOTICES 14/03/2019

Pursuant to the East African Community Customs Management Regulation (EACCMR) 2010, (Regulation 136 and 137) and the Traffic Act, Rule 7A (3) the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in collaboration with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) draws the attention of operators of foreign private motor vehicles in Kenya to the following requirements for application of Temporary importation of Road Vehicles and Foreign Permits authorization effective 15th December 2017.

Prior to gaining entry approval, the foreign operator from the East African Community (EAC) or Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Countries must have a valid Temporary Importation of Road Vehicles Form (Form C32) which is issued at the Border Station.

To obtain a Form C32, an individual MUST:

1. Be a foreigner with foreign identification

2. Have a valid work permit or proof of residency, if Kenyan.

3. Have the foreign Motor Vehicle Registration Book in his/her name.

4. Have a valid Power of Attorney or authorization to operate the vehicle from the Motor Vehicle Owner, in case the operator is an agent of the owner.

5. For diplomats, one must prove that they have on going diplomatic status. In addition, must proof that they work in a diplomatic capacity eg. Valid Diplomatic identification.

Individuals without these documents from the EAC and COMESA countries will not be issued with a Form C32 or be allowed to locally operate a foreign registered motor vehicle and any such vehicle operated without the above will be impounded.

Prior to gaining entry approval, a foreign operator from Countries outside the EAC or COMESA Countries must have a valid International Circulation Permit from Country of Origin (Carnet de Passage en Douane) or Pass Sheet issued from their Country of Origin. This Carnet de Passages en Douane must be valid for use in Kenya In addition to this, he/she MUST provide:

1. Foreign identification

2. Proof of residency in the foreign country, if Kenyan.

3. Have the foreign Motor Vehicle Registration Book in his/her name.

4. Have a valid Power of Attorney or authorization to operate the vehicle from the Motor Vehicle Owner, in case the operator is an agent of the owner.

Individuals without these documents will not be allowed entry in to or to locally operate a foreign registered motor vehicle and any such vehicle operated without the above will be impounded.

In addition to having a Form C32 or an International Circulation Permit from Country of Origin (Carnet de Passage en Douane), an operator of a Foreign motor vehicle must apply for a Foreign Motor Vehicle Permit.

To make an application for a foreign permit, an individual will require:

1. A valid Form C32 or an endorsed valid International Circulation Permit from Country of Origin (Carnet de Passage en Douane)

2. Certificate of COMESA Insurance

3. An online account on eCitizen which will be used to make the application.

The initial application for the Foreign Permit will be done upon entry into the country and will be issued based on the following categories:-

1. A paid up foreign permit, valid for a month, will be issued to vehicles on tour in Kenya with an International Circulation Permit from Country of Origin (Carnet de passage en douane). 

2. A free fourteen-day temporary permit will be issued at entry points to only vehicles with a Form C32 entering Kenya.

No vehicle will be allowed out of a Customs Border Station without the owner being in possession of either a Form C32 or Carnet de Passage and a Foreign Permit.

On expiry of fourteen days or granted period, the applicant, may seek an extension of their Form C32 and Foreign Permit from the Customs and Border Control Department, Enforcement Division Regional Offices. Extension of the Form C32 and Foreign Permits SHALL not be allowed unless the Customs Officer physically verifies the vehicle and is satisfied that a justified reason for the extension has been given.

All operators of foreign vehicles whose vehicles do not meet the above requirements MUST re-export their vehicles with immediate effect and any contraventions will lead to enforcement actions including impounding of the said vehicles.

For any enquiry/clarification in relation to this matter, please Email: foreign.motorvehicle@kra.go.ke or call our callcentre on Tel: 020 4999 999 / 0711 099 999, Email: callcentre@kra.go.ke

Commissioner General KRA                                                                                       Director General NTSA