SPAIN to MOROCCO
Date: 8th November 2012
Crossing the border from Ceuta to Morocco at Fnideq was certainly a lot less hassle than I thought it would be. Of course, as it was our first time, we ended up with a “helper” who attached himself to us. While I do begrudge having to use a helper, he was actually a help, and rather than disappear with our documents, guided me to where I needed to be next. Nonetheless, as our first border crossing, and with me doing a lot without Viking Explorer to hold my hand, it was still a little nerve wracking.
First up – the passport booth. We had been given the white immigration forms when we bought our ferry tickets – with spares just in case. This meant that we had already completed our forms when I reached the booth. It was a simple process, with the passport being stamped in one place with our entry, and in another place with our police number.
Next up – vehicle temporary import. Again, when we booked the ferry ticket, the agent had typed all the vehicle details onto a document (3 parts) which we then presented at the border. I believe the alternate is a green form which has a yellow and white part (I stand to be corrected). I think there is also a web address where you can do this yourself (I’ll have a look). Again, very easy process. Details checked against passport, lots of rubber stamping and I was done. One copy (of the 3) was kept. No-one asked for any insurance.
I then wandered back to the vehicle and we proceeded to the customs. A very friendly chap was standing sort of in the middle of nowhere, and was more interested in the fact that it was our first visit to Morocco than much else – must have been our smiling faces! He didn’t even check inside the vehicle, but other vehicles were checked. Passport and vehicle import document checked and we proceeded.
Then the final check. By this stage, it was a bit of a free for all, with cars converging from all sides. Vehicle import document checked and we were through the border.
We did want to obtain vehicle insurance (as our own insurance company wasn’t interested in issuing a green card to us). This was done after the border on the Moroccan side. The insurance booth is right next to the Western Union currency exchange, so quote was obtain in dirhams, and then over to the currency exchange to change euros.
All in all, a very smooth process. We did have the services of the helper – who of course requested his fee at the end – but I think we could have done it on our own. The key would have been to say that we had been to Morocco before, and so we knew how it worked – even if we didn’t!
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