Visiting morocco January

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  1. Stevang

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    hi we are going to Morocco January, is there anyone else going ????
    Would love to tag along ....heard border control could be difficult!!!
    Would be great for some know how etc
    we also have a dog!! Any problems ??
    Thanks so much in advance
    Regards Andrea
     
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    With dog, ensure you have the rabies jab, and certificate. Check out the defra site
     
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    Is that the dog or stevang:LOL:
     
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    best togo in mid december . then you can enjoy the full 90 days . end of march april can be very windy as the trade winds pick up. a sand storm is ok oncve . but you never get rid of the sand in your van , no matter how long you keep it . plus halfway through march spain or portugal as warmed up.
     
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    Thinking of doing the trip late Jan had a lot of advice at the Lincoln show look into some of the comments in resources 2014 - 2015 lots of advice there good luck might even meet up.
     
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    My insurance company said at the moment they will not insure me for Morocco.
    How are you all doing insurance wise.
    malc
     
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    Phone them back and tell them you want a green card, you will have to tell them your entry date so when you have a rough idea (later) phone them back and it should only cost a admin fee. Also ask for 120 days gives you more leeway, you get a 3 month entry stamp on the ferry over.
     
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    @Stevang read the Morocco 2015 and Morocco 2016 threads for all the info. Also download the "Guide to Taking a Motorhome to Morocco" from the Resources section of the forum (dark blue bar at top of page). There'll be plenty of Funsters going over in Dec/Jan/Feb, including us, who will no doubt be happy for you to string along so keep an eye open for the threads - the current one is titled simply "Morocco".
     
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    We are looking to go towards the end of Jan, probably for about 6 weeks.
    I'm with Comfort and they cover Morocco. As said above you tell them the dates and they send you a green card for £20. Surprisingly they also said my breakdown cover is valid but I would have to pay first for local services then claim it back.
     
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    Hopefully I'll be going mid Jan as well.
    I'm with comfort so no problem with insurance
     
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    Hmmm! Anybody tried to get a Green Card for Morocco from Comfort very recently? May be worth a phone call tomorrow in case things have changed.
     
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    saga were always good or safeguard .
    coop were years ago.
    mind you can get border insurance.
     
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    I spoke to them 2 days ago when I renewed my insurance. I asked about Morocco and that"s what they said. Tell us the dates nearer the time and we send you a green card for which we charge £20.
     
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    One of our "group" had to buy it this year when we arrived in Morocco. It was quite expensive (about €135 if I remember correctly) for 3 months, third party only. Legal but probably only worth the paper it was printed on. Personally I wouldn't rely on it.
     
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    i agree really . used to have to have it as not many would cover morocco back in the 70,s and 80,s .
    there was a time the only ones i knew about were comfort and safeguard .
    then saga started covering it. i did have coop one year but then moved to saga as they did a better all round policey.
    just looked in an old diary. 17000 dirham for three months when i last got border insurance. that was in 98.
    at the time we were getting 16.5 dirham to the pound . so it asnt gone up alot.
    if you were promulgating your stay there was a place on the entry into agadir from the north , on the sea front main drag.
    lots used to only get 15 days at the border for insurance then get another insurance there .
    but yes better to have uk insurance that covers .
    that year we were starting a round africa trip so only had uk insurance till we left spain . no insurer would cover us for whole of africa . border insurance all the way .or no insurance in some countries .
    mind we never got all the way round . had to come home due to family probs .
     
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    We got a green card from Saga last year.
     
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    Hi Terry
    We got our green card a few weeks ago from comfort for 120 days
    Currently in the mid pyranees making our way slowly down,:) got 9 months to kill;)
     
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    Is that comprehensive cover or just third party?
     
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    Hi As far as the dog is concerned you will need to get a Zertifikat [which is a Rabies antibody test ] to prove that the Rabies jab has worked because you are taking the dog out of the EU . I had a friend stopped at the border and had to have the blood sample sent to Germany for testing and they could not leave till the test came back positive , This is only a one of test and lasts for the dogs life but takes about three weeks or so to come back once it is sent for testing . I don't know the cost in England but in Portugal it cost 80 euros and when I enquired in Morocco it was about 120 euros
     
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    Hi Stevang,
    thought this might be of some interest to you regarding your Morocco trip. https://sahara-overland.com/tag/morocco-d16/
    I did a trip two years ago in a Land Rover with a group. We were off roading in the desert. Not the sort of places you could take a Motor Home.
    The above link will give you some idea of the formalities you need. I registered my vehicle on the form D16 in advance. I also took several copies of things like passport, Vehicle reg and insurance documents etc. These I handed to the port Authorities and Police. They seemed to like that and it did save time.
    We bought our boat tickets through a guy called Carlos, well it was his daughter running the shop. We also discovered we could have got the tickets through the campsite we all met up at in Spain for around the same price. With Carlos we did however get a free hamper with some cakes and a bottle of Cider.

    When on the boat you have to look out for the police where you have to register for entry into Morocco. This saves a lot of time once your in Tangier.
    Any old cloths you have which you have out grown I would take them with you. Depending where you go we found they prefer that to currency. You will find kids begging for sweets, pens, writing pads, cakes etc etc. Everyone is trying to make a buck. Its part of the life out there. Once you get used to it they are a very friendly bunch of people.
    Going back to the port you will see loads of ticket touts trying to flag you down and sell you ferry tickets. Once in the port you may also find men coming up to you looking official in front of the police/ port people and offer you assistance. One scam they do is to ask you for money to get you through claiming its a tax which you have to pay. They pretend to go to the Kiosk to pay it for you but its free.

    This is a blog one of our guys did of the trip. Its rather Land Rover and off road stuff might you might pick up one or two things from it.
    http://land-rover-discovery-1.blogspot.fr/2014/04/day-2-morocco-trip.html

    I would definitely try and go in a group ( safety in numbers) You might not have the same problems as we did as we were right out in the middle of nowhere. If you stick to tarmac and the big towns it might be a little different.
    Be prepared for people approaching you trying to make a few bob. Things like a boy checking your wheels and suggesting something needs tightening up and he knows a garage round the corner, that sort of thing.
    We had a great time and I am looking forward to going again maybe next spring. Or even going in our camper.

    Oh, we did our trip two years ago and the Defender is still full of sand in places. Even though I have traversed a couple of rivers. The sand gets everywhere.
    I would take a spare Air and Diesel filters.
     
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