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Old 21 Mar 2012
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Moroccan/Spain advice please

I have imported my UK reg bike via shipment to Casa port, local customs have given me 6 months temp import as a tourist. Now it's almost time to return the bike to the UK as the 6 months is nearing its end.

The catch is my bike is long overdue its first MOT as it's just over 3 years old, question is, can I get a ITV in Algecira to ensure the bike is at least legal in Spain. The plan is to make a MOT appointment in Portsmouth for when I reach UK shores.

This goes for insurance too as I have no green card but insurers are willing to insure me as soon as I enter EU territory, not knowing that I don't have a valid MOT, so will the ITV do?

Here's the Q's:

1 Can I get Spanish insurance as soon as I enter Spain from Morocco
2 Can a Spanish ITV station test a UK reg bike
3 Can I enter the UK showing my intentions of having it MOT'd immediately

Any other info welcome

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I have imported my UK reg bike via shipment to Casa port, local customs have given me 6 months temp import as a tourist. Now it's almost time to return the bike to the UK as the 6 months is nearing its end.

The catch is my bike is long overdue its first MOT as it's just over 3 years old, question is, can I get a ITV in Algecira to ensure the bike is at least legal in Spain. The plan is to make a MOT appointment in Portsmouth for when I reach UK shores.

This goes for insurance too as I have no green card but insurers are willing to insure me as soon as I enter EU territory, not knowing that I don't have a valid MOT, so will the ITV do?

Here's the Q's:

1 Can I get Spanish insurance as soon as I enter Spain from Morocco
2 Can a Spanish ITV station test a UK reg bike
3 Can I enter the UK showing my intentions of having it MOT'd immediately

Any other info welcome

Cheers in advance
For your Q3, yes, but you need it prebooked as you land and you ride directly to that test station to conduct the test (no idea what happens if you are outside their working hours - queue at the door I guess).
For your other questions I suggest you look at the sticky threads in the trip paperwork forum which are enormous and have a wealth of info about MOT/RFL/Insurance and their convoluted interactions.
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There is no MOT for motorcycles in France, Belgium and in Spain MOT only required for motorcycles over 5 years old.
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off topic, but could you give us some info about shipping your bike from the the UK to Casa? Did you need a clearing agent in Casa? Was the experience painful / expensive etc?
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Sorry, you can´t get an Spanish insurance for a GB registered bike. You can go to an Spanish ITV but it only makes sense if you are going to register the bike in Spain because they retain the original documents of the bike.
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off topic, but could you give us some info about shipping your bike from the the UK to Casa? Did you need a clearing agent in Casa? Was the experience painful / expensive etc?
i had mine shipped in by the moroccan military free of charge as i'm a contracted worker, so i'm not sure to be honest. thanks for the other replies, i'm going to spain without MOT and UK road tax and that's that, jerez here i come. any other advice like where to camp in algeciras and jerez most welcome, thanks in advance
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What about trying it all in GIBRALTAR?
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What about trying it all in GIBRALTAR?
Can't prove it but it's apparently different even though it's a territory of the UK

Someone's opinion on another forum:

Originally Posted by snailsontour
We've got friends living in Gib and they return to the UK every year for the MOT on their UK registered motorhome. I doubt they would do that if they could avoid it legally. Their car is Gib registered and dealt with there.

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This is correct, I looked into this and your vehicle must be registered in GIB to have an MOT there ..
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