Guidance

International road haulage permits for some non-EU countries

Apply for permits to travel to or through Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Russia, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine, and the rules you have to follow.

About the permits

You can apply for permits for 9 non-EU countries that the UK has agreements with to transport goods to or through those countries.

Each country has single-journey permits. Whether or not you need a permit depends on:

  • the size of the vehicle
  • the nature of the goods being carried

You need a permit in some of the 9 countries if your vehicle is just carrying goods in connection with your own business, and not for hire or reward (sometimes called ‘own account traffic’).

Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to get help if you do not know if you need a permit.

DVSA International Road Haulage Permits Office
irhp@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0330 678 1117
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

Special permits for Morocco

There are also 2 extra types of permits for Morocco to:

  • enter Morocco with an empty vehicle
  • take in filming equipment and material for film or TV products, or equipment for exhibitions (including racing)

Eligibility

You must have the right type of vehicle operator licence for Great Britain or vehicle operator licence for Northern Ireland for the goods you’re transporting to apply for a permit.

Where you can use the permits

You can use the permits to travel to or through:

  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Morocco
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey (you only need a permit when you’re continuing on to another third-country)
  • Ukraine

You also need a permit for ‘own account’ journeys to:

  • Belarus
  • Morocco
  • Russia
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey

Single-journey permits are valid for one complete journey. The outward and return trips count as one complete journey.

Multiple-journey permits are available for Morocco which authorises 15 return trips during the validity of the permit.

Apply for permits

Download and fill in the application form.

Send it to DVSA at least 5 working days before you start your journey from the UK.

Include a cheque or postal order to pay the fee. If you want to pay by debit or credit card, DVSA will contact you to take the payment when your application arrives.

International Road Haulage Permits Office
DVSA
Hillcrest House
386 Harehills Lane
Leeds
LS9 6NF

Single-journey permits for all 9 countries, and multiple-journey permits for Morocco

Use this form to apply for single-journey permits for any of the countries, or for multiple-journey permits for Morocco.

Apply for road haulage permits for some non-EU countries

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Empty entry and ‘hors contingent’ permits for Morocco

Use this form to apply for:

  • empty entry permits to enter Morocco with an empty vehicle
  • hors contigent permits to take in filming equipment for film or TV products, or equipment for exhibitions

Apply for Moroccan empty entry and hors contingent haulage permits

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Fees

Country Permit type Cost
Belarus Single-journey permit £8
Georgia Single-journey permit £8
Kazakhstan Single-journey permit Free
Morocco Single-journey permit £8
Morocco Multiple-journey permit (15 return journeys) £50
Morocco Empty entry £8
Morocco Hors contingent (film and TV equipment, or exhibition equipment) £8
Serbia Single-journey permit Free
Russia Single-journey permit £8
Tunisia Single-journey permit £8
Turkey Single-journey permit £8
Ukraine Single-journey permit £8

Rules for using the permits

You can only use the permit in one vehicle at a time.

You must return all special entry permits for Morocco within 15 days of them expiring - whether you’ve used them or not.

What to do when you make journeys

You must carry the permit in your vehicle for the whole of the outward and return journey.

You need to show the permit at the border, and you’ll be allowed to pass into or through that country.

You must show the permit to any enforcement officer when asked to.

Depending on the terms of the bilateral agreement, you may still have to pay certain local taxes.

Check what other vehicle documents and driver documents the driver needs to carry on international journeys.

Lost, damaged or stolen permits

Contact DVSA straight away if you lose or damage a permit, or if one is stolen.

DVSA International Road Haulage Permits Office
irhp@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0330 678 1117
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

If you give up your operator licence

You need to return unused permits to DVSA if you apply to give up (‘surrender’) your vehicle operator licence.

Published 26 November 2018