Morocco Desert Challenge 2019 takes place from Friday 12th of April to Saturday 20th of April

All vehicles and all the equipment of both participants and organisation have to be transported from Europe to Africa. A proper planning can make you win a lot of time:

  • If you fly to the Morocco Desert Challenge, your time away from home is 10 days only (6 working days)
  • If you drive (+ ferry) to the Morocco, your time away from home is about 2,5 weeks

Below you can find all usefull information regarding all kinds of transport and the compulsory administrative work necessary to enter Morocco with a vehicle.

  1. Ferry
  2. Plane
  3. Administration when entering Morocco


The rally starts in Agadir at Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of april 2019 with the scruteneering. Everybody is free to choose how he/she gets to Morocco. The cheapest solution to get your car or truck to North-Africa is to take the smaller ferries in the South of Spain and cross the Strait of Gibraltar in Algerciras or Tarifa (45 minutes crossing). You’ll enter Morocco via the big port of Tanger (not the easiest port to enter by truck).

This year, we offer the participants 2 ferry options organized by the organization, both going to the port of Nador. Also the organisation of the rally takes this ferry, mainly because the port of arrival -Nador- is the easiest to get in with a large convoy of trucks. Last time the entire process (more than 30 trucks and many cars) was handled in less than 2 hours. If you take that ferry, together with us, we can also help you with the administration of police & customs onboard and when entering the port of Nador.


1. The Sète - Nador ferry

Sète - Nador:

  • Departure in Sète (South of France) on Sunday evening, April 7th.
  • Arrival in Nador on Tuesday afternoon, April 9
  • 2 nights on board, which guarantees that your drivers had a good rest before starting the overnight trip from Nador to Agadir (1000 km). This also means they will arrive in Agadir on Wednesday afternoon, April 10; just in time for the scrutineering that starts the next morning.

Nador - Sète:

  • Departure on Sunday, April 21 evening (Easter) from Nador, the day after the final party of the rally.
  • Arrival 36 hours later (2 nights + 1 day) in the port of Sète.

For vehicles up to 12 meters this option is by far the cheapest. For vehicles over 12 meters, the price is suddenly much more expensive because they are charged in the cargo rate.

2. The Almeria - Nador ferry

Almeria - Nador:

  • 8 (this only Almeria-Melilla), 9 and 10 April, always at 2 pm.
  • crossing takes 6 hours, but 1,5 days extra + an overnight stay to drive the 1150 kms between Sète and the port of Almeria.

Nador - Almeria:

  • Departure on Sunday, April 21 (Easter), 22h00, the day after the final party of the rally.
  • 7 hours later in the port of Almeria. Guidance by the organization is guaranteed.

For trucks over 15m this is the cheapest option (small difference). Someone from the organization team will be present in the port to coordinate the ticket distribution.


If you want to join one of those ferries, let us know by 15th January 2019. We’ll collect all the information regarding people, vehicles, dimensions, etc. Once we got it, we’ll send a reservation code to every team manager. You’ll get an invoice from the travel agency and pay your ticket directly to them.

If you want to limit your “time away from home”, you’d better come by plane to Morocco. Ryanair, Vueling, Thomas Cook, Royal Air Maroc and many other companies operate daily flights to Agadir / Nador / Oujda. If you book early (for instance with Ryanair) you can find return plane tickets from 130€ onwards. The organisation of the rally does not provide a plane ticket-service, so you might want to check around yourself on the internet or contact your local travel agent.


The organization does not provide a ticket service, so you should check the internet yourself or contact your local travel agent for the best options.

Administration when entering Morocco

3.1. International Passport:

Everybody coming to Morocco for the Morocco Desert Challenge must have a valid international passport. An identity card is not sufficient. The passport needs to be valid until minimum 3 months after the rally and you should have at least half a page available for the entry & exit stamps.

3.2. Morocco:1 passport = 1 vehicle:

When entering Morocco with a vehicle,this vehicle will be registrered onto your passport. This means you can only leave the country in possession of that same vehicle. Driving to Morocco by car but returning by plane and letting somebody else drive back the car to Europe, is NOT possible.

On top of this the standard procedure states that 1 person can only bring 1 vehicle. This means that whoever drives a van to Morocco, transporting 1 motorbike, should be 2 persons in the van: the van will be registered in 1 person’s passport, the motorbike in the 2nd person’s passport. Those transporting more than 1 vehicle and who do not have enough co-drivers, must bring an “ATA Carnet”. (see below)


Every person wanting to enter Morocco with a vehicle that’s not registered in his/her own personal name, must carry a “procuration”. This is a document (provided by us) filled in by the real owner (as mentioned on the car or bike papers) in which he/she clearly allows the other person to temporarily bring the vehicle into Morocco.

This document is not valid unless it has been validated by an official: this official can be the people at the local town hall, a notary or a lawyer. Make sure the put an “official” stamp on the document. In fact the validation is a “verification of signature” i.e. somebody has to check and approve that the person filling in the procuration is in fact the owner of the vehicle and not just anybody. Therefore the owner need to present himself with the filled in document, his ID-card and the car papers.

In case the owner is not a real person but for instance a company, the procuration needs to be signed by one of the statutairy owners and he/she has to go to the townhall/notary/lawyer with not only the above mentioned documents, but also with the company statutes showing his/her name.

Please find an example of a procuration at the download page. Have it filled in and keep it with the rest of your vehicle documents.

3.4.Moroccan customs document D16-TER:

If you enter Morocco with 1 vehicle with is NOT a truck (anything else goes: cars, bikes, quads, campers, vans), you need to fill in a D16-customs document. This paper allows you to “temporarily import small tourist vehicles”. You can fill out this form on the ferry or in the port of Nador, but since last year it is possible to save time and do this online via the website of the Moroccan customs. Around February 2019 all participants will receive an e-mail on how to do this exactly. For those who know already how to do it, you’ll find it here:

3.5.the ATA Carnet:

If you want to come to Morocco with a truck, an ATA Carnet is obligatory. It’s also crucial that the truck itself is put on the carnet, next to the list of all transported goods and vehicles: motorbikes, quads, spare gear boxes, extra engine, compressor, power generator, etc. When all transported vehicles are mentioned on the Carnet ATA, 1 truck driver can enter an illimited number of vehicles into Morocco. You can order a Carnet ATA at your local Chamber of Commerce. Before leaving your own country, you should pay a visit to a local customs office where the mentioned goods are counted and the carnet stamped for a first time.

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