Morocco ~ Documents and port immigration

To enter Morocco with a vehicle all you need is:
• a passport (most visitors don’t need a visa)
• your vehicle ownership document (V5 in the UK)
• motor insurance covering Morocco if you can get it at home. If you can’t (as with most Brits) just buy at Tangier Med port or towns, see below. Y
• You might also want to print out your TVIP (temp vehicle import permit) in advance – saves getting one at the port, but not essential.

Immigration procedures
Simple and straightforward and sometimes partly done on the ferry on Moroccan-run ships to Moroccan ports (ie: Tangier Med or to the quieter port of Nador) to speed things up. Look for a desk with a queue on one of the decks. Few go via the Spanish enclave of Ceuta now that nearby Tan Med is so easy, but on the Spanish side you’ll see ‘helpers’ offering to do the queuing or form filling for you. They aren’t out to trick you unless you make it easy; they’re just looking for a tip at the end of it. At all ports go ahead as follows:

mkt101Fill out an immigration card (sometimes handed out when buying your ticket in Spain, or found on the ferry information counter, or ask at the police post (or handed out by border touts looking for a tip). The form is in French with English subtext.
Under ‘going to’ write any big Moroccan city like Fez or Marrakech; for ‘coming from’ put the European port you’ve just arrived from (Algeciras, Almeria, etc).
For an ‘address in Morocco’ any hotel or camping in any well-known town will do if you don’t actually have one. Pick one from your guidebook.
Do not fill out the back of the form. Hand it in to the police, get your passport stamped and have a ‘CIN’ number (see image below) allocated and also stamped in your passport (unless you have one from a previous visit).

• Once off the boat in the port ask Customs (grey uniforms) for a triplicate TVIP form for your vehicle – or show your online D16 forms – same thing – which you printed off in advance (see below). They stamp it and give you part of it back for you to show when you leave Morocco.

• If you have ‘green card’ motor insurance extension for Morocco all good. Otherwise, at TanMed change some money at the bank kiosks and buy local insurance (assurance frontiere, in French) next door. Or from any participating insurance broker at the first big town (ask/look for ‘bureau d’assurance’).
Last I heard the fixed cost and time periods are 558dh for 10 days or 876dh a month for a car or bike. Motorhomes pay more. At Tangier Med the insurance booth is in the port facility. At  Beni Enzar (Nador) the booth is usually unoccupied with a phone number to ring. I’ve never managed to get through.

• I’ve never seen one but there’s an optional new form in French, the ‘Constat Amiable’ now available to fill out in the event of a road traffic accident. You fill it out, the other party fills out their half and you send it off. More details and a pdf copy here.

• That’s it! As you leave port they may check you TVIP or passport but rarely the insurance.

Completing a D16 in advance, online
Normally, aboard the ferry (on longer crossings), or in the Moroccan port of arrival you need get the Customs to produce the triplicate white, green and yellow A5-sized ‘TVIP’ form titled in French: Declaration D’Admission Temporaire de Moyens de Transport (‘Temporary Importation Declaration of [means of] Transport).
This is a local version to the Carnet de Passage which Morocco thankfully does not require. It is  valid for six months declares you’ll re-export your vehicle once you leave Morocco. You will need your vehicle ownership document (‘V5’ in the UK, carte gris in French). It’s the ‘passport’ for your vehicle.
It’s also possible to fill out a version of the TVIP online
before you get to Morocco, but only if you are entering with one vehicle in your name (as most do). If you have say, your pickup with your bike or quad in the back, do the triplicate version at the border as detailed above. All your vehicles will need to go on one TVIP form and be linked to one passport. The online version below does not work for multiple vehicles with the same owner.
Whether you fill out and print off a D16 online in advance, or fill out the triplicate TVIP version at a Customs desk on a ferry or in a Moroccan port doesn’t matter. Printing a D16 in advance means it’s just one less thing to worry about on arrival.

So, click this link to the Moroccan Customs website to fill out your TVIP ‘D16’ form in advance.
On the above link (shown right) fill out the following details:
CIN• Prénom et Nom: D16TERYour forename and surname.
• CIN: Assuming your are a regular non-resident tourist, click Étrangers en premiere visite en Maroc if this is your first visit to Morocco
or Étrangers non résidant ayant deja visitez le Maroc if you have been before and have a CIN (example left) stamped somewhere in your passport. Enter the CIN on the box on the right (red arrow).
• Immatriculation: Your vehicle’s registration number with no spaces.
• Marque: Pick one from the menu. Along with many unknown marques, some bikes are not listed so select ‘autre’ at the end. For Land Rover select ‘Rover’.
• Type: For example ‘Defender 300Tdi’ or ‘F800GS’.
• Genre: Select Moto or Voiture de Tourisme.
• Pays: Select your country (‘Grande Bretagne’ for example).
• Date de 1ère mise en circulation: Your vehicle’s original date of registration, found on the ownership document or V5 in the UK.
• Châssis n°: Your VIN (vehicle identity number) also found on the ownership document.

d16printerThen press Imprimer (print). Your D16 does not actually print but appears on another page with all your information formatted in between French and Arabic translations, as well as a bar code, as on the left (click to enlarge). If it all looks correct then print the document off the web page or save it to your device and print that pdf. Three copies come out on an A4 page but you may as well print out an extra set. Don’t forget to sign each one in the bottom left hand corner.

Form (fiche) to hand out at checkpoints in Western Sahara
Download this blank Word.doc template of a fiche or form to fill out with your details. Hand them out to speed up passage through the many permanent checkpoints in Western Saharan (south of Tan Tan and Assa), particularly if heading down the Atlantic Route to Mauritania.
They can also be handed over instead of your passport at hotels in ‘mainland’ northern Morocco who ask to copy down your details. Up here the checkpoints won’t require your fiche or details.
There are 4 fiches to a page. For a transit of the Atlantic Route you’ll want at least 4 pages to get to Nouckchott.