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mauritania visa on the border

Please give me some info if its possible to get mauri visa on the border?
I know that its possible in Rabat, but we travel on quads and better get visa on the Western Sahara - Mauretania border We start next week from Dakhla
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Visas issued at the Morocco-Mori border since last October.
Some pay €50 for 15 days; others €95 for 3 months. More here.
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Whilst Chris is correct, you really need to ask yourself how your trip will be affected IF they decide, as they are known to do now and then not to issue them for a reason or another.
I've said it before...
Consider the mileage of reaching the border and possibly finding you cannot get your visa...
Are you happy riding a quad all the way there then having to go back to Rabat ( which you would probably pass through on the way down or can do a small divert ) then down again?
Miles= fuel + time + wasted expenses and risk an aborted trip? for what exactly?

Be wise, get it in Rabat- IMHO as there is an option (in Rabat)on the way down, take it.
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In January we met some German guys who were refused visas in Rabat. They were told to get them on the border.
The set up on the border is now quite sophisticated with a full biometric kit for photo and fingerprints, It took us about half an hour to be issued with the visa. I don't think they are going to scrap this any time soon. But who knows! If you are worried try Rabat as you will be passing anyway and they won't have the queues of the past.
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The Mauri border visa is now a sophisticated and reliable operation.

OP starts his trip in Dakhla which is only 3,5 hours drive from that border.

In case anyone's visa-on-arrival would be refused (very unlikely!), the smartest way would be to fly from Dakhla to Rabat (instead of driving).
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The Mauri border visa is now a sophisticated and reliable operation.

OP starts his trip in Dakhla which is only 3,5 hours drive from that border.

In case anyone's visa-on-arrival would be refused (very unlikely!), the smartest way would be to fly from Dakhla to Rabat (instead of driving).
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Very interesting that the Mauri visa is now biometric with finger printing, and as you say more liekly to be permanent if they have made that kind of investment.

Can you now get the Mauri visa coming north from Senegal too?
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Very interesting that the Mauri visa is now biometric with finger printing, and as you say more liekly to be permanent if they have made that kind of investment.

Can you now get the Mauri visa coming north from Senegal too?
So that means better in Rabat but on the border also is possible? yes?
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So that means better in Rabat but on the border also is possible? yes?
If, as TJM writes, Rabat won't give you a visa and says get them at the Mori border, then I would say do it that way.

Send us some pix of the quads in the desert ;-D

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If, as TJM writes, Rabat won't give you a visa and says get them at the Mori border, then I would say do it that way.

Send us some pix of the quads in the desert ;-D

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Thanks Chris !
ok I will send pictures
anyway I have You book since many years its good, was inspiration for me
I send link to first quad expedition in Namibia last year, sorry only in Polish language but foto are niceFORUM Quadzik.pl • Zobacz temat - Namibia 2013 - moje notatki
Paul from sahararally.pl
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Quadziking sounds like a great way of doing the desert; plenty of payload for good living and no dramas in soft sand ruts.

Are you just doing Mori or all the way down?

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Quadziking sounds like a great way of doing the desert; plenty of payload for good living and no dramas in soft sand ruts.

Are you just doing Mori or all the way down?

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by car to Dakhla and them down on the quads to Senegal and back Dakhla just 10 days
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Crossed the Morocco-Mauri border last year Nov 2013 on motorbikes (Yamaha R6). like Bertrand said, we did not want any stories, so I got my visa in Brussels €94 (although I live in Germany) my brother got his in London and 2 other guys in our group got theirs in Rabat…. Sounds cheaper at the border but might be a gamble.

In 2007 we were refused enter into Niger Labbezanga/Ouatagouna border because we had no visas. we had to head back up north to Gao (Mali) and go via Burkina-Faso to get to Lagos Nigeria. An extra 4 days to our journey. This was after the only chap issuing visa in Niger consulate in Tamanrasset (Algeria) was not around, and no one knew when he would be back, maybe tomorrow or next week since he should have been back anyway, but we were informed we could get it at the border….tough luck
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Oh stop worrying so much and just get it on he border.
While anything can happen, you can't compare Tam and Labezanga to the Mauri border where many thousands of Europeans cross.
Read the HUBB before you go in case there is a change.
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As you can see the set up on the border is no Micky Mouse operation. Gone are the days when the visa man lay on his bed and stamped your passport.
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