This is our experience crossing the Spain-Morocco border on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. Our party consisted of two people and two motorcycles. We got a lot of information prior to entering from the Morocco Knowledge Base and from Horizons Unlimted.
Border Name: Tangier MED
Closest major cities: Algeciras, Spain and Tangier, Morocco
*Round-trip ferry ticket for one person with motorcycle US$116.84
*Insurance per motorcycle US$202.04
*Morocco vehicle import paperwork
*Morocco tourist card
Note: we keep all originals in individual plastic sleeves. We labeled these sleeves clearly to avoid confusion as to what was what, to keep original documents clean, and to differentiate what is original and what is a copy. All border-crossing officials have respected the sleeve.
We purchased our ferry tickets online through FRS ferries (US$116.84 round trip per person with one motorcycle) and needed to pick them up on our way to the dock. As you enter the Algeciras Port follow signs toward “Tangier ferry” and “tickets” which will lead you to the main terminal building. Park and go to the smaller building on the right (when facing the main building) and you will see a line of counters with a station for each ferry company. Go to your specific window and exchange your receipt for your tickets. You could also purchase your tickets here. After picking up your tickets follow the signs for the “Tangier ferry”
Step 1 – Immigration: As you get close to the ferry dock there will be a check point where they just check your tickets before pointing you towards a line up of booths where you go through immigration. Hand your passport to the official in the booth and they will stamp you out of Spain. Then drive to the corresponding ferry company line and wait for your ferry.
Step 2 –Customs: Nothing
Step 1 – Immigration: On board the ferry go to the customs window in the passenger area and fill out a Moroccan tourist card. Hand over your passport and tourist card to the immigration officer and they will stamp you into Morocco. You get two stamps in your passport: one is for date of entry and the second is your police ID number (this number continues to follow you so if this is not your first time into Morocco you will not receive a new number).
Step 2 – Customs: Leaving the ferry, follow the exit signs all the way to the police booths (lots of little white booths). They asked if we had already filled out our vehicle importation paperwork and when we said yes they waved us forward. To fill out your vehicle importation forms online go to: http://www.douane.gov.ma/d16ter/formAT.jsf and there are detailed instructions in English at: http://www.morocco-knowledgebase.net/forum/showthread.php?t=73. It has three identical boxes all printed on one page. You sign each one. We then waited in front of the customs booth for an officer to review our import forms, passports, and motorcycle titles before being waved to the other side of the barrier. Another officer came and reviewed all our documents and then told us to return to the police booth and have our police ID numbers verified. Upon returning to the customs official he returned the vehicle import permit document with stamps (tearing off the bottom of the three versions) and asked us if we were carrying any guns. We laughed and said no and he told us to go. As you drive out you will need to show the vehicle import permit one more time.
Step 3 – Insurance: As you leave the customs area drive a short bit down the road and you will see a number of shacks that include ATM machines and money changes as well as an insurance booth. You will need your passport, vehicle title, and temporary import permit with you when you purchase insurance. A 3-month policy was 1,952 Dirham (US$202.04) per motorcycle (one-month is 950 and there is not a 2-month policy).