Updated January 2020
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. If you can’t (as with most Brits) just buy at the port, see below.
On ferries heading directly to Moroccan ports (ie: Tangier Med or Nador) passport control is done aboard. Don’t drive 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.
At all ports or land borders go ahead as follows:
Immigration cards dropped at airports from September 2019. They say they’ll also be dropped at maritime ports.
• Fill out a white immigration card (left) 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.
Do not fill out the back of the form. Hand it in to the police either on the ferry or at the enclave border post, get your passport stamped with a date of entry and have a ‘CIN’ number (right) also stamped into your passport (unless you have one from a previous visit).
• 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. In my case, he returned with my documents and a white, credit-card sized card: my new-style TVIP. He 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 or Beni Enzar (Nador port), there is no longer an insurance office close to the border. At the nearby roundabout (marked on the map, left) 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 trying to sell you SIM cards for your phone.
Form (fiche) to hand out at checkpoints in 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 16 fiches to get to Nouckchott.