Finally got round to starting the Carnet process. Called the RAC for a few pointers and spoke to Paul, the all knowing guru of Carnet. Last time i spoke to him was 2009 when we started planning this trip!
The good news is that we can dispense with the Lloyds Bank Guarantee and go for the straight cash deposit even though we are going to Egypt at its 800%. Paul thinks £12,000 cash should cover us for the trip and has extended the normal £10,000 to allow us to use cash. So we have the car valued at £1500 which is reasonable for a 1994 110 CSW. So that's the first bit of official paperwork underway.
If anyone does need to use a bank to get the money by far the best is Lloyds and we actually opened 5 current accounts there to ease the way should we need to use them. It also helps that all 5 accounts pay reasonable interest. You need a form off them, a 10796 and you need to contact the Trade Operations and Guarantees Department in Birmingham. I've been told that you also need your local branch "relationship manager" on your side so find out who that is. I've also been told that you need to have the accounts open for at least a year which we managed to do as we opened them in 2009 as soon as we knew Lloyds was the best place to get the paperwork. I would suggest that's flexible though although only Lloyds can tell you that.
The second passports arrived today 03/08/11. Well its actually classed as our "first, second passport" as the application is treated as a new passport application. I completed the forms online and sent them off with a letter from my company saying i need it for ever increasing travel (I can send you the text if you want). New photos, Birth Certificates and marriage cert. for Julies parents as they are no longer with us. For my parents they wanted their passport details to prove they are English, making me English also. The fact that we both already have UK passports seems irrelevant. They want to know we are still English ! The cost for this additional bit of paper was £93.50 each. It will make it a good deal easier to get Visa's for some of the more obscure places as we will no doubt have to send the passports back to the UK. Since we now have another we can carry on with the trip and get the family to send them to us via DHL or something. I'd rather have them and not need them to be honest and also helps if we need to go through Israel.
Duplicate Driving Licences
Ordered some credit card laminating pouches and some self adhesive holograms to make up some pretty convincing fake (duplicate) licences. They are enough to convince a local African copper hell bent on getting a bribe. If you really wanted to for £25 you can get a real one from the DVLA by applying online but i'm not too sure loosing a real one would be any better than loosing a old real one. At least if they keep a fake one the real UK authorities would know its a fake if someone tried to use it in the UK or sell it on the black market. Still need to get myself a International Driving Permit or two.
ICMV International Certificate of Motor Vehicles
Looks about as official as a fag packet. Not used it so far. We will see how much use this expensive bit of paper really is. Its basically a translation of the V5c