How to import car from Dubai to India for 6 months

You can drive your UAE-registered dream car in India for up to 6 months

Most people are able to find and buy their dream cars be it luxury cars or sports cars. The UAE has a lot of options in this regard. From renting to owning, UAE provides affordable loan options. But for car enthusiasts who have their dream car in the UAE and wonder what to do with it in India, it can be quite an adventure.

At least 125 percent of the value of your car is required to permanently transfer your car to India, and more of that is paid as taxes and other fees in India. This will also include issues of right-hand driving on Indian roads. You will usually pay up to AED 150,000 or more to change the modified side.

The fees, permit deposits and taxes involved in the process of transporting your car from UAE to India vary depending on the destination.

First of all you must be a resident of Dubai. Your residence visa and UAE driving license are mandatory documents required for this.

Passport for car too

 If you intend to ship and use your car in another country, the car needs a ‘passport’, called a CPD. It is internationally valid and legally required in most countries that allow temporary use of foreign-registered vehicles, which are mainly aimed at motor tourists and commuters.

Road trip

CPD is taken by travelers driving through locations in various countries where CPD is valid and required. They can exit and enter without major customs hassles. It includes all the details about the vehicle and the permit holder, including the expiry date and the countries visited with the current CPD. CPD ensures that customs officials in the destination country can make on-the-spot cash deposits, fees or other national documents.

Only after receiving the CPD is a vehicle owner allowed to begin the process that involves moving the vehicle out of the country. CPD can be used to ship your vehicle to the destination or drive it through land borders. CPD is also available from UAE.


What the application should include import car from Dubai to India:

  • All vehicle details including year of manufacture, model and category of the vehicle
  • Also details like visa and UAE driving license of the owner
  • Details for two references based in UAE and two references at destination.
  • Make sure you have copies of all necessary documents like passport, driving license, car registration etc., which should also be attached with the application.
  • Must have bank check and cash deposit
  • Refundable cash deposit and bank security cheques

The authority requires a security check and cash deposit – these are refunded when the vehicle is returned to the country. Credit/debit cards cannot be used for all transactions so cash must be brought.

E amounts vary based on the vehicle’s year of manufacture, country of destination, vehicle model and other factors. You can check the category your vehicle belongs to at the authority’s office.


For destination countries including India and Pakistan, the following charges apply:

Year : 1990-2005

AED 15,000 cash deposit and AED 15,000 security bank check for regular vehicles

AED 25,000 cash deposit and AED 25,000 security bank check for station wagons

AED 30,000 cash deposit and AED 30,000 security bank check for luxury vehicles

Year: 2006 to 2015

AED 20,000 cash deposit and AED 20,000 security bank check for regular vehicles

AED 35,000 cash deposit and AED 35,000 security bank check for station wagons

AED 40,000 cash deposit and AED 40,000 security bank check for luxury vehicles

Year: 2016 to 2021

AED 30,000 cash deposit and AED 30,000 security bank check for regular vehicles

AED 45,000 cash deposit and AED 45,000 security bank check for station wagons

AED 70,000 cash deposit and AED 70,000 security bank check for luxury vehicles

Once the vehicle is returned to the UAE within the allotted time and the CPD is submitted, the cash deposit and security check will be fully refunded. These amounts vary based on other countries intended to be visited with the CPD.

Service charges including deposits are around AED 1,200.

Once the vehicle owner gets a CPD, everything can be done on the same day if all the documents are in order. In addition, a tourism certificate from the Roads and Transport Authority of the UAE is required. You can also go to any Tasjeel office to get this certificate.

Import car from Dubai to India – You will need the following documents

  • Original Emirates ID
  • Ownership certificate of the vehicle
  • In case of mortgaged vehicle, electronic no objection certificate from mortgagee
  • NOC of Emirates Motorsports Organization in all cases except for nationals, diplomatic and government corps and GCC nationals wishing to use their vehicles in GCC countries.

The service fee is based on the weight of your vehicle and starts from AED 100. Penalties, if any, must be cleared before you get the certificate. After submitting all the required documents it will take you just 5 to 10 minutes to get the certificate.

Once you have all these documents, you are good to go. Next, it is best to proceed with shipping with a company that can deliver your vehicle door-to-door, which will follow the customs procedures and documents in the destination country. Shipping by sea may take 5 to 8 days. This is usually the method that everyone chooses. Shipping costs will depend on the size of the vehicle and the size of the container used to transport the vehicle.

It is important to ensure that there is nothing extra in the car during shipping. Any extra items left anywhere inside the car will also be considered unaccounted for.

Door-to-door transport of a vehicle over 20 feet costs an average of Dh6,000 to Dh7,000. This rate is only average for a mid-size vehicle. Single container when shipping to India. Rate may vary based on destination port, company rates, services included, container details etc.

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