The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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Has anybody ridden/driven through Mauritania recently ( either direction) between Western Sahara to Senegal? Are transit visas being issued, and if so, where did you get yours, and how much did it cost please? Can we get one en route? The reason for asking is because according to the French Embassy in London, the only transit visa now available is for air passengers who don't leave the airport, have a confirmed hotel reservation, and is valid for 24 hours only. According to their website, you can now only get a tourist visa ( single entry) for £132.00, and then only if you produce a whole load of odd paperwork including a letter from employers, three recent wages slips, proof of retirement funds, and marriage certs. All we want to do is ride through the place; suerly there must be a transit option?
We got the Mauri visa in Rabat no problems. They are not very helpful and the form is in French but its a simple process.
You do need a visa to get into Mauritania - when we passed there last year you had to have the visa. One guy on a motorbike rocked up thinking he could wing it..... he could not and had to fly back to Rabat via West Sahara....... get the visa is my advice.
When you exit Mauritania (am not sure of your route) try to avoid Rosso into Senegal...you can read about it on our Blog. If you have to cross at Rosso go early in the day and be patient, confident and try to do it with at least one other person to watch your gear. Insist they stamp your Carnet .....push for it as it saves a trip to Dakar!!
An update on the Mauritanian visa query -we got ours last week in Brussels - very simple and civilsed process, took four days. No transit visas any more apparently, so we got the Tourist version. We tried Brussels rather than Rabat because there are a gang of us heading that way (Scooters in the Sahara) in March and based on others' previous experience, Rabat is a visa hassle to be avoided if possible, particularly as a group.
So this is the score:
Embassy is at 6 Rue de Colombie, Brussels, but it doesn't look like an Embassy.
One half of the building is For Sale. BUT the left hand side of the building as you look at it is open and is the Embassy, the entrance is at the side.
You can park easily and safely (for free) outside
Opens 1000hrs Monday - Friday inclusive. Ring the bell.
two passport photos - identical (and of the passport holder!)
fill in one request form twice (no photocopier so you have to write it out twice AND they want two copies) Get these at the Embassy.
Use the new bilingual French/Arabic form which you get from them - don't use old ones as they won't accept them.
62.50 euros for single entry, 93.75 euros for double entry PAYABLE IN EXACT CASH ONLY, no receipt given.
Yellow Fever Cert - if you have it, take it. The lady said it wasn't crucial - probably, but if you have it, it helps. If not, tell them you have one lined up for next week or whatever.
Takes five week days. You can't get them on the day, they won't post/courier them to you even if you offer 'a bonus', and they speak very little English so if unless you can speak Arabic, try French - that helped greatly, even with my poor grammar and odd phrases.
ALSO -VERY IMPORTANT-when you get your visa, check it carefully. We got three, and one was double entry but had been marked single entry only, and the single entry fee written in, although we had paid for double entry. Take it back immediately and point out the error. It was a genuine mistake and the lady was very apologetic and altered and restamped it, but as you don't get a receipt, the only recourse you have is to deal with it there and then, and make sure they restamp over any alterations or the border people are likely to refurse it. Also check the dates correspond to when you plan to be there.
And lastly, if you're based in the UK, be aware - they will take your passport off you so you won't get back into Blighty however much you argue and plead with Customs. We forgot that bit......so be prepared to stay!
Many years ago I used a London based visa agency to get a Mauri visa. Yes it cost a bit for their services but cheaper than having to spend a week in Brussels.
But not for 13 of you I would suggest !
Whilst it undoubtably works out more expensive than collecting en-route at Rabat. If you have the time before hand, it not only saves time whilst on the trip but is a far more civilised process altogether. The scrummage of the Rabat Embassy is fine if you are on your own and need some extra adventure but civilised it is not.
It also give far more flexibility on routing down through Morocco which was one of my prime considerations in this case... and we had a lovely week in Brussels on our C90s
... And lastly, if you're based in the UK, be aware - they will take your passport off you so you won't get back into Blighty however much you argue and plead with Customs. We forgot that bit......so be prepared to stay!
Update on the Mauritanian visa escapade.........rode back to Brussels on Monday (in the snow) having submitted paperwork, ten more passports and many euros for ten visas the previous Monday. Everything was accepted and approved, money paid ( cash -they won't take cheques/cards/ bottle tops or football cards and WON'T issue a receipt however much you plead) and was told to return for collection this Monday at 1130am. HOWEVER, when I appeared as directed, the bloke was nowhere to be found and when eventually they phoned him, he denied ever having had the passports or the money. Crap. What now? I had to really make a fuss, bang the table and yell loudly in French - not my preferred approach at all but necessary in the circumstances. This attracted the attention of the only woman who works there and whom I'd seen on my previous visits - nice lady, only speaks French (or Arabic, which I don't) and seems to be in charge. Explained what had happened and she made him come back then gave him a right bollocking in Arabic before making him get the passports and issue the visas. There was no mistake here - he'd clearly nicked the money and he was very embarrassed at being caught. Not quite sure how this could have been avoided but the day was saved by the lady who had seen me on my previous two visits, and fortunatley, I checked everything while she was still there - he flung the passports at me ( got told off again for that) and had also missed a visa out of one passport, ( she really laid into him for that). So I guess the moral is make sure somebody else sees you at the Embassy and realises why you're there, and call on them if you need to, be prepared to stand your ground, and DO NOT LEAVE THE BUILDING UNTIL YOU HAVE CHECKED EVERYTHING and got all of your property back.
BUT despite the stress and the fag of going there, for multiple applications, it was relatively civilised and ended well - but not for that thieving git.
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