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Old 29 Apr 2007
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Insurance - Morocco, Mauritania & Senegal

Planning on travelling to Dakar in a car (i know - bit contraversial on a bike site), does anyone have a rough idea of how much insurance is for these countries?

I have also read that it is illegal to import cars over 5 years old into Senegal, will this prevent me taking an older car to Dakar and back?

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Insurance in Maroc is about 50 pounds at the border. Not sure about the other two countries, but I think they should be cheaper...

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When you cross over into Mori you can buy insurance at the border.

- Note, they only change Euros Cash at the official exchange rate (ie: 300 to 1 instead of 350 to 1 unofficially) at the border (in a cute little caravan)

- The insurance guy (also in a cute little caravan!) will try to overcharge you for the insurance without fail. From memory it should equate to just under 1 Euro a day - something like 3400(??) Mori's for 10 days for a Land Rover. Don't listen to his bs. It was only when I got shirty that he gave me the official price.

- At checkpoints in Mori they usually check your insurance, so worth having else a fine etc.

- For Morocco, they don't check if you come through Melilla or Nador. Up to you if you want to risk it.
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Just come back from there.
Morocco approx £50 for 1 month in a Landrover.

Mauitania is cheaper Can't remember how much cause it was so cheap.
Cost 10 euros's to import car.

Senegal won't let you in with vehicle over 5 years old unless you have carnet. They stopped us at border in 10 year old Landy. Had to wait and convoy to Gambia.

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is a normal car insurance from your homecountry not sufficient? why is it needed to get a seperate insurance at the border?
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In the UK it seems to depend which insurance company you are with. Some will extend your normal insurance to include Morocco (for a fee - £21 for me last time), and some will not
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Does the insurance which you buy at the Mauritanian border pay the damages (third party) if you have an accident?
What about the other countries?
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Does the insurance which you buy at the Mauritanian border pay the damages (third party) if you have an accident?
What about the other countries?
it SHOULD. In real life this insurance paper is just to get easier away from officials

Morocco - 48 EUROS was the price last time I paid. Last time I drove I didnt had it, and nobody was concerned.
Mauri - at border shed, but you are not OBLIGED to buy there this paper. Go to NDB, change money for 350 oogs (its best rate, even better as in NKT, so change all your money in NDB), and buy insurance in office next to Ali's campsite for 3100 oogs
Senegal - you wont be able to enter without it. At Diama it is sold next to customs office in same shed with cocacola Dont remember the price, but this insurance is valid in Mali and Gambia at least.
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" Senegal - you wont be able to enter without it. At Diama it is sold next to customs office in same shed with cocacola Dont remember the price, but this insurance is valid in Mali and Gambia at least."

I reckon the cheapest insurance you can get for Senegal (never been) and Mali etc is actually to be bought in Mauritania. Though it's not valid in Mauritania.

Go to Auberge Sahara in Nouakchott (google their website, you will drive past them as you enter from the north on the new sealed road). Ask the owner. He will phone the bloke who is the agent who will arrive on his scooter.

It covers Mali and a whole bunch of other places (Senegal I think, but can't be sure) and is very cheap. Only about 50 euro cents a day I think rather than nearer 1 euro a day. I seem to think I paid 35 euros for 3 months?

And if you leave the sticker in place when you return to France with no assurance and are stopped at a road block where they are checking, you can confidently point to it and say "Yes, I have assurance".

It was still valid. Just not in France.

Also, keep the green Mori insurance. Leave it in the sun to fade. When you come back you might get stuck with it being a Sunday or holiday or something. So to avoid fines (they check often in Mori to try and get a 25 euro fine) just write over the top of the faded pen (at the WS/Mori border in the caravan they write in pen, in NB they used a computer maybe?) and use it until you can buy some more.

Just a couple of tips/stories I picked up. ;-)
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Insurance for only 9 euros
I have read on this forum that a guy had an accident after having bought such kind of insurance and they never answered the phone. Finally he had to pay 11000 euros for the damages!!!

Are this insurances true or they are just a scam in which the police is also involved?

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hy, im an 18 year old male and as you know insurance for me in the uk is very expensive. Im hoping to drive down to morocco and want to check that i will be able to get insurance for a decent price at the border, or will i be uninsurable?
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