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Does anybody have any idea how much 6 months worth of insurance is if you buy it from Morocco when you enter? I hope it's not 6 times 80 euro's ;-)

My UK insurer won't cover me and it will run out when I'm there anyway...
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One additional consideration for the UK travelers is some UK insurance companies have time restrictions on the amount of European travel they will cover.
I have experienced one company had a maximum of 30 days per year, some stipulate 30 days per trip. I am currently with Equity Red star and they allow 90 days per trip but will not issue a green card for Morocco.
It may not get picked up in a police check but if you have an accident the insurance company will duck out if they can.

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British citizens don't need a VISA or Carnet for Morocco, but must have the original motor registration document (V5) plus your passport. If you don't have green card cover for Morocco you can purchase it per below.

When purchasing your ferry tickets at Algeciras, ask for white Moroccan immigration forms. You need two varients of these, one for entry, one for exit. Use the time on the ferry to complete them.

As you leave Spanish Morocco, you will be directed into a holding area for processing your entry into Morocco. You can safely ignore anyone not wearing either a gun or a pale blue customs uniform. There are lots of touts who are there to relieve you of money in exchange for smoothing your entry, but it's much more of an achievement to get through without 'help'. Also it's often quicker as the touts make everything seem very complex to show you how you need their help.

As of May 2005 the holding area consisted of admin buildings on the left and parking on the right, per plan below (you are entering from the bottom of the plan).

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| Assurance
| Frontiere
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| B.M.C.E.
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| Passport
| windows
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| Portacabin
| offices
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1. Go to the portacabin and get a temporary import form for the bike (Declaration d’Importation Temporaire de Moyens de Transport). This is green and in triplicate. Write down your name (first, family), your nationality, passport number, and number of nights you are staying. Then the bike registration and country (GB), the manufacturer and model, and the chassis number from your V5.

2. Go to the passport window and hand in your passport and white immigration form. You will get a stamp and a number in the passport. Add the number onto the green import form after your nationality (second line).

3. Go to the BMCE bank and change some money. If you don't already have green card cover go to the Assurance Frontiere office to arrange. This will cost 59€ or 558MAD for 10 days and about 80€ for a month.

4. Now go back to the portacabin and hand in the passport, green import form, your V5 and either the green card or the border insurance. The forms will be stamped.

5. Now find the head honcho in the pale blue uniform (probably sitting down somewhere in the shade) to let him see and initial everything.

6. You can now ride forward to the actual customs post, but don't put anything away as you'll need to show everything again.

The return trip is much easier. You need to queue with your passport and white exit form. Then queue again to hand in the two remaining sheets of the temporary import form, one of which will be returned to you.

Tim
I've just returned from Morocco yesterday and can add a couple of updates on this from the Algeseras-Tangier border viewpoint....
When you get on the ferry pick up a white form from the rearmost cafe desk(don't ask me...??).You'll need to fill this in with your details as you wait in the first que for the police/passport desk.Here they'll stamp your passport with your visitor number.Then go to the vehicle registration desk(one guy on his own with a laptop)and fill in the temporary vehicle registration paper(triplicate copy as mentioned above) as you'll need your visitor number they have just given you for this.Once you've done this on the boat you can relax a bit and get a coffee....you'll need it when you get to shore! We were in a group so all passports were processed by one of the guys who's been there before,but we met a Dutch guy who had come on his own and just asked the coppers what to do and where to go.Seems they were very helpful and actually took him to each individual desk and he was cleared within the hour.It's a hectic and very inefficient system but if you are patient you'll get there.
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I seem to have got side tracked a bit....
Insurance.I got mine through Carole Nash for my trip.Norwich Union do a week at a time for about £15 a week for the green card,though you can get cover at the border anywhere.At Tangier the insurance kiosk is on the left as you leave the passport holding area,and they take Euros so no need to change money at the port.You'll get a better exchange rate if you go into the city centre to either the Banc du Maroc or the Banc Populare.One tip is take GBpounds and not Euros as the exchange rate is quite a bit better for sterling(we didn't know this).Another thing to note is that when you leave the country you'll need to re-change all your remaining Dirahms back as you won't be able to do this anywhere outside of Marocco.And Banc du Maroc is the only place you can do this,the other banks won't want to know.Opening times are 8.30am-3pm only.You can do it via the black market at the exit port but you'll get a really crap rate.
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I seem to have got side tracked a bit....
Insurance.I got mine through Carole Nash for my trip.Norwich Union do a week at a time for about £15 a week for the green card,though you can get cover at the border anywhere.At Tangier the insurance kiosk is on the left as you leave the passport holding area,and they take Euros so no need to change money at the port.You'll get a better exchange rate if you go into the city centre to either the Banc du Maroc or the Banc Populare.One tip is take GBpounds and not Euros as the exchange rate is quite a bit better for sterling(we didn't know this).Another thing to note is that when you leave the country you'll need to re-change all your remaining Dirahms back as you won't be able to do this anywhere outside of Marocco.And Banc du Maroc is the only place you can do this,the other banks won't want to know.Opening times are 8.30am-3pm only.You can do it via the black market at the exit port but you'll get a really crap rate.
Hi Stubby

Are you sure about needing extra Carol Nash insurance ? I went to Morocco recently and 3rd Party insurance was already included -so I think you wasted your money there. Are you sure you get a better rate for sterling? I dont think so; I believe youre wrong there. Also the rate changes only by a tiny amount as you move around Morocco, so you may want to revise your comments about exchange rates. Maybe not.

Next time you go to Morocco, consider avoiding going in a group. If you go in a group, you talk to the group; if you go on your own or with one other, you speak to the people. Only if you want that, of course; possibly you may not wish to speak to Moroccans. Do you speak French or Arabic?-I cant remember. Was Dolly your girlfriend with you this trip?
Anyway, Ill catch you later!

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I think Carole Nash are just brokers - I'm insured with them and I DON'T have any coverage for Morocco with my policy's underwriter... ask me how I know lol..!! Like a burk I declined the policy that could have given coverage in Maroc - all for the sake of 35 quid ..ah well, we live and learn!

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Hi Matt
Insurance is easy to buy on the border; don't worry too much about finding where to buy it, it will probably find you. I entered Tangiers 14 months ago and 30 days bike insurance cost me about £60. It seems to be a lottery as to how much it costs, I'm not sure exactly what you're covered for but it will keep you legal.
I'm crossing into Ceuta next week; this trip I've arranged insurance through my UK broker "Devitt" underwritten by Norwich Union, £26 for 30 days.
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