How to Ship Your Car to and from Dubai

So you’ve finally bought your dream car – your Porsche Cayenne, your Range Rover, or your Dodge Challenger – but now you have to move abroad. It’s not easy to part ways with your baby, so you’re probably thinking of taking her with you – and you should! The process isn’t that difficult and we’ve outlined everything you need to know about car shipping both FROM as well as TO Dubai.

“I’m looking to move my car from Dubai, UAE” 

Exporting your car from Dubai is super easy. You just need to make sure you have all the right documents to save you any additional trips!

The first basic requirement for shipping anything out of the country for personal use is that you will need to have a valid passport and UAE visa. These documents are needed everywhere for everything, so make copies!

  1. Start your process by driving your vehicle to your nearest the Road Transport Authority (RTA) office (Umm Ramool, Al Qusais, Bur Dubai, or Al Barsha offices). You can go to your nearest one too, but it’s guaranteed that everything you need will get done in one go at these locations.
  2. Remove your license plates from the front and back of your car before you go in, and be sure to carry them with you (save the extra trip to walk back out for them later). Don’t worry you’ll get new ones once you’re done!
  3. The first document you will need to get is an “Export Insurance Certificate,” which provides insurance for your car for 14 days and costs about AED 70. The two week limit is also the time period you have to have your car shipped.
  4. The next step is to begin the de-registration process. You will take your Export Insurance Certificate along with your vehicle registration card, driving license, and your number plates (that you should be carrying with you). You might also need additional documents such as a mortgage release letter if that applies to you.
  5. Once you’ve submitted all the documents required, you will need to pay AED 90 to get the final document which simply allows you to export your car. This document is called the “Export Certificate.”
  6. Finally, walk over to the next counter with your fresh new Export Certificate to collect your new blue export license plates. When leaving the building, be sure to fit the new plates on right away.

That’s it! Now your car is ready to be moved with you for your next adventure.

> Here are the 3 Questions You Must Ask Your Car Shipping Company.

Remember:

  • Make arrangements to have your car shipped within 14 days of obtaining these documents. If you’re looking for car shipping companies we can help you to get quotes from multiple reputable companies.
  • Do not ship your car with other items inside such as boxes as this is a huge insurance risk and it’s not permitted.
  • The freight forwarder or the shipping company you hire should also inform you that they will drain the fuel tank and disconnect the battery to prevent risk of fire.
  • There are some countries that have very high custom duties and taxes for imported cars, so make sure you are clear about these extra charges before making the decision to ship your car.

“I’m looking to move my car to Dubai, UAE”

Importing your car to the UAE also follows similar simple procedures as exporting it from the country.

If you’re new to the UAE, our first tip is to make multiple copies of your passport, Emirates ID, and UAE residence visa. You should also carry a little stack of passport sized photos with you. Trust us, you’ll need these documents for everything!

  1. The first document you should be sure to bring with you from back home to the UAE is your original purchase invoice to prove that the car is yours. This is also called the “Vehicle Ownership Certificate,” which your mover or freight forwarder should remind you of. The invoice needs to state the value of your car so that duties and taxes can be applied, which are usually calculated at 5% of the invoice value.
  2. You need to pay customs clearance charges which are approximately AED 4,700 (USD 1250), plus an additional AED 700 for container examination.
  3. Your car will still not be released from the port unless you provide another document called the “Vehicle Clearance Certificate,” which can be obtained through the Road Transport Authority (RTA) at the cost of AED 60, either online or at their branches. This certificate indicates that your car meets the required UAE specifications, allowing it to be cleared through customs and you will then be able to register it with RTA. If you will not be in the country you can request for an agent or your moving company can apply for the certificate for you, and they may charge you an extra fee.
  4. Finally you need to register your car at RTA to receive your local license plates, and get a valid UAE driving license. If you have a valid driving license from the approved countries list, you can simply transfer your license through the procedure outlined on their site. However, if you’ve never driven before or hold a license from a country not mentioned on this list then you will need to take a road test and possibly a few classes at any RTA approved driving school and follow the procedures listed.

If you haven’t begun the process of shipping your car to Dubai yet, and are looking to get UAE based moving companies to take care of your move then we can help you start the process.

For moving your car as well as your household items you need to get quotes from international movers, but if you just need to move your car then simply use freight forwarders or specialized car shipping companies.

> We also have another blog article that you should check out which tells you the approximate costs for shipping your car from the UAE. It covers 19 destinations!

Did we miss anything? Is there anything else you had to do (or didn’t) to move your car from or to Dubai? Tell us in the comments below!

41 thoughts on “How to Ship Your Car to and from Dubai

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    March 23, 2017 at 7:38 am
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    Good morning . My name is muhammad wasif i am living in riyadh KSA . if i want to buy use car from dubai what is the process , like i want to buy Toyota Camry 2013 ,
    how much the all charges to bring car from dubai to riyadh . wait for your reply .

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      March 28, 2017 at 10:26 am
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      Hi Muhammad,
      If you’re looking for a used car then we can recommend CarSwitch.com – they are a great website for finding secondhand cars in Dubai. The charges to take the car from Dubai to Riyadh depend on how you want to transport it. It may make sense to either drive the car yourself or get the car transported by road. You can get quotes for this on our website. Our partners will be able to answer any questions you have about transporting the car, including the required documentation and the fees involved.
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    March 14, 2017 at 10:23 am
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    Hello,

    I am not living in UAE but in qatar.

    there is any difference in the process for non-resident ?

    Thanks

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      March 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm
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      Hi Ryad,
      Do you own the car you are trying to ship?
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    March 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm
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    IH,
    Sir my job in Qatar. Me one car shopping in Qatar.
    This Car me send in Pakistan by ship.how much total payment with tex .or by Air me sending
    What is same payment with tex.
    Thank you

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      March 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm
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      Hi Wajid,
      Please submit a request on our car shipping page. You will be sent quotes to move your car to Pakistan by ship.
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    March 2, 2017 at 4:42 pm
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    Sir my czan want to send vehicle from Dubai to Pakistan what documents needed & what I need to do in Pakistan for bring vehicle in pakistan

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      March 9, 2017 at 11:59 am
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      Hi Shahzad,
      Please enter the details of the car on our car shipping page. You will then be contacted by car shipping companies who can provide you with quotes for shipping the car, and answer all the questions you have about the required documentation and the process.
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    March 1, 2017 at 6:38 am
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    Hi There,
    We are planing to leave the UAE for good in summer and want to drive back home to Germany by car. 3 years back when we came to Dubai, we got our car shipped from there, so its originally from Germany. So our plan is to take the ferry to Iran and than drive through Iran, (maybe Aserbaidschan and Armenia) than Turkey and than to Greece to reach the EU. What do we need to make this trip possible (apart from visa for Iran and Turkey) in terms of papers, insurance, plates for the car (We have all German passports).

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      March 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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      Hi Nadia,
      The requirements differ by country so I would advise you to get in touch with a reputable international moving company to better understand the process. They would be able to answer all the questions you have.
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    January 21, 2017 at 9:47 pm
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    Dear Sir

    I would like to transfer my car from Romania to Dubai. Is it possible? And how should I process.

    Thank you

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      January 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm
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      Hi Razvan,

      You can submit a request on ServiceMarket.com in order to get quotes from multiple shipping companies. These shipping companies will be able to explain the process to you in detail.

      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    December 29, 2016 at 8:32 am
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    Dear sir.
    i want to take my car from dubai to doha. can i drive my car along with necessary documents. it’s feasible or not?
    what are the documents i should keep that time.
    kindly advice me

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      January 4, 2017 at 8:47 am
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      Hi Mani,
      It is certainly possible to drive your car from Dubai to Doha. You will need to visit an RTA office to get an export certificate and any other required documents beforehand. You will need a Qatar ID, driver’s license and a Saudi visa as you would need to pass through Saudi to reach Qatar. You would need to clear the car once you reach the border of Qatar and there are clearing services on the border itself who offer this service.
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    December 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm
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    Thanls for th massive info.
    I want to know the estimated cost of the shipping of my car from Dubai to Malabo Equatorial Guinea AfricaPls let me know also the possible agancies to help me with
    Thakns a lot

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      January 4, 2017 at 12:57 pm
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      Hi Miguel,
      Please enter your details on our website in order to receive quotes from multiple car shipping companies.
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    December 12, 2016 at 10:40 am
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    Hi I want to ship my car to Nepal permanently….what is the process and how much will it cost…and how many days it will take to reach Nepal…Thanks

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      December 14, 2016 at 7:52 am
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      Hi Rajesh,

      Please submit a request for quotes on our website. You will receive multiple quotes from our partner companies which will include details of how much time it will take (this can differ depending on the route).

      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    December 3, 2016 at 9:30 pm
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    Hii I need to export my car to do some modification in Europe and import it again to Dubai, what is the required documents and what if RTA doesn’t approve the clearance certificate when they do the inspection..?

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      December 4, 2016 at 12:08 pm
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      Hi Marciano,

      Please enter your car’s details on our website. You will then be contacted by multiple reputable car shipping companies who would be able to offer you the best advice regarding the modifications to your car. It is also a good idea to double check with the RTA that the modifications you plan to do are allowed in Dubai. Remember that it is expensive to ship a car, so you would most probably save money by doing the modifications in the UAE if possible.

      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    October 5, 2016 at 5:28 am
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    Hi, I would like to ship my new BMW to Dubai from Belgium. How much can this totally cost me and how long will this process take? Thx!

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      October 6, 2016 at 5:40 am
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      Hi Sara,
      The process would take around 4-6 weeks. Shipping your new BMW is likely to cost something between 12-20K AED, excluding taxes and duties, but you can get accurate quotes from multiple shipping companies by entering your details here.
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    September 28, 2016 at 10:20 am
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    Please could you advise,
    My residency has been cancelled now,
    Am i able to export my car with no residency visa.

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      September 28, 2016 at 10:55 am
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      Hi Keith,
      I have sent you an email with contact details for one of our partners who will be able to offer you the best advice. You can also use ServiceMarket to get competitive quotes for car shipping.
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    August 18, 2016 at 4:50 am
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    Hi Gordon,

    I want to take my car with me to Spain as i plan to move there next summer. I have a 2012 volvo x90. How much will it roughly cost for the entire process including shipping and registering the car in Spain. Appreciate your help

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      September 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm
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      Hi Patrick,

      You can submit a request to receive quotes to move your car to Spain on our website. You will need to specify details of the car and you will then receive accurate quotes from reputable companies.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else.

      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    August 16, 2016 at 8:11 pm
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    Hello there!

    What does it cost to send one porsche 911 from Dubai to Bremerhaven in Germany ? please tell me some prices.

    Thanks

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      September 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm
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      Hi Mohamad,

      You’re looking at a cost somewhere around 9,000 – 12,000 AED, excluding taxes and duties. If you specify your car’s details on our website you will recieve accurate quotes from multiple shipping companies.

      Have a great day.

      Emilene

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    July 23, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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    What if i have to drive the car myself on export number plate? Will i need the oman driving license or can i just drive with uae DL. I have the Oman Visa & resident card.

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      July 25, 2016 at 8:02 am
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      Dear Varun,

      We are not sure whether you need an Oman driving license when moving to Oman. We advise you to check with the authorities in Oman.

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    July 10, 2016 at 6:02 am
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    Hello there! Im looking ship car fron Dubai to Tashkent please tell me prices thanks best degards!

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      July 10, 2016 at 7:03 am
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      Dear Said, estimated cost is between 17,000 and 23,000 AED – however you can file a request for car shipping quotes to get the exact cost!

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    July 5, 2016 at 9:21 pm
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    Hi ,
    I want to take my car for a month from Dubai to Lahore Pakistan as I am going for vacations , and bring it back after my vacations end is it possible ? How much it charge and what documents needs to submit.

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      July 10, 2016 at 7:01 am
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      Hi Mir,

      due to the adaptations required for your Dubai car to be useable in Lahore (left hand drive vs right hand) plus high custom duties, it would not be advisable to do so. It can cost up to 20,000AED to ship your car plus custom duties.

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      July 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm
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      Please i want to nwo if Is possible take my car FromDubai to Portugal for Holidays 3 months afther I bring back Againe in Dubai

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        July 25, 2016 at 6:06 am
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        Dear Jose, a round trip may prove to be quite expensive and just transporting your car to Portugal would take a month or so. It is possible, but not recommended!

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    June 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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    Dear

    I want to ship my Dubai car to Jordan for a couple pf months during this summer.

    How do I go on about that?
    Where do I get a TripTic and what else do I need?
    How much does a TripTic cost?
    Do you know of any reliable shipping companies to contact?

    Thanks

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    March 28, 2016 at 10:01 am
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    Hi there!

    If I’m looking to move my car for a year to a different location and bring it back…does the process differ?

    Will I have to re-register my car?

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      April 7, 2016 at 1:12 pm
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      Hi Saeb,

      Yes, the process is different depending on the location. You can temporarily export your car using a trip ticket, but it depends on where you are going and the duration of your trip. Please get in touch with us at 044229639 and we will gladly help you get quotes and more information from our trusted car shipping partners.

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    December 30, 2015 at 1:34 am
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    If I am still making payments on my car can I still ship it to Dubai?

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      January 28, 2016 at 10:45 am
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      Hi Gordon,

      Thanks for getting in touch! Could you please share a contact number we can reach you on? And we will find out for you! 🙂 Alternatively, you can call us at +97144229639 or email us at support@servicemarket.com

      – Maria

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