Updated April 2022
Ferries to and from Spain are running again. More here (see last page).
To enter Morocco with a vehicle all you need is:
• a passport (most visitors don’t need a visa and you can stay for 90 days)
• your vehicle ownership document (‘V5’ in the UK)
• motor insurance covering Morocco, if you can get it. If you can’t (as with most Brits) just buy at the port, see below.
Covid documents to enter and leave Morocco
This will vary from country to country and with changes and updates in Morocco from week to week. This thread is as good a source of up-to-date info as any. You will need evidence of double vaccination unless you want to self quarantine for days on arrival in a government specified hotel.
Morocco categorised countries as ‘A’ (good) and ‘B’ (less good): the list changes (link is for Moroccan airports but I think applies to ferries). The most recent requirement for B list places (like UK) to enter Morocco is a print-out or QR-code image of a negative PCR test taken less than 48 or 72 hours before boarding plane or getting on a ferry.
On arrival in Marrakech airport (for example) you will also find Passenger Health Forms to fill out (left; link to a pdf to download). Fill it out, hand that in and at the next hurdle show your vax ‘passe sanitaire’ and PCR test; there may be body temperature checks or random LF tests.
Leaving Morocco by air or sea, if you are fully vaccinated you did not need a departure PCR test taken less than 48 hours before boarding to go to France; Italy may be different and things may have changed again with Omicron. (Link to the list of regional clinics to get a PCR test) For example, the GNV ferry website under: “Requirements for Morocco to France lines….” incorrectly states France categorises Morocco as red when it is now orange, but adds ‘If [you] have completed the vaccination process, [a PCR] covid test is not necessary’.
Returning to your own country there will be a need for additional documentation, like Passenger Locator Forms, and pre-booked tests and maybe even another PCR.
On ferries heading directly to Moroccan ports (ie: Tangier Med or Nador) passport control is done aboard. Don’t get off the boat without getting stamped – they check as you come off the ramp. Once aboard, on one of the decks look for a counter with a cop, a laptop and a queue.
If you’re heading to the Spanish North African enclaves (Ceuta, Melilla) you will effectively be landing in Spain and so must drive on a couple of kilometres to the actual land border with Morocco.
Immigration cards have been dropped
Fill out a white immigration card (right) often handed out when buying your ticket in Spain, or found at the ferry’s police or information counter, or ask at the police counter on the ship, or handed out by enclave border helpers 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
Your passport will be stamped with a date of entry and also a ‘CIN’ number (right; it may be scribbled by hand into your passport). This is an ID number that links you to a police database and you may be asked for it on other forms. It is often hard to find in your passport. If you have visited Morocco before on the same passport you do not need a new CIN; they do not expire so it helps to open the passport page with the CIN to save them looking and giving you another.
• Once off the boat in Moroccan ports (e.g.: TanMed, Nador) proceed to Customs (grey uniforms) and hand over your vehicle ownership document and passport to a Customs guy. Wait by your vehicle. They return with your documents and a white, credit-card sized card: my new-style TVIP. in as little as 5 minutes. They may also perform a cursory search. Don’t lose your TVIP card. You will need to show it when you leave Morocco to prove you left with your vehicle.
• You may be lucky enough to have a ‘green card’ motor insurance extension for Morocco. Otherwise, at TanMed, just beyond the Customs is a row of cabins (left). Change some money and buy local insurance (assurance frontiere) at the last cabin.
The fixed cost and time periods are about 600dh for 10 days or 955dh for a month for car or bike. Motorhomes pay more.
At Melilla (SP) or Beni Enzar (Nador port, Mk), there is an insurance office or booth either close to the Spanish border or in Nador port somewhere.
It comes and goes but if this changes again, at the nearby roundabout (marked on the map, right) turn west (or south along the sea; they join up shortly) for 12km to Nador town.
There is an AXA insurance agency at Assurance Kadaoui, 46 Avenue Mohamed V, Nador a palm-lined boulevard, left off the big roundabout.
See the map left; it’s a pretty straightforward drive. The only problem is ferries arrive late at Beni Enzar which means an overnight in Nador. If you don’t get your insurance now, you may struggle to do so down the road.
• 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 your D16 or passport, but rarely the insurance. At the very exit by the roundabout at TanMed, guys are still trying to sell you SIM cards.
Form (fiche) for checkpoints, Western Sahara
Download this blank Word.doc template of a fiche or form (left) to fill out with your details. Hand them out to speed up passage through the many 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 8 fiches to get to the RIM border. And maybe as many again in Mauritania.