No entry reference number in passport (travelling onward to Mauritania)
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Aug 7, 2012 11:31 PM Last Post By: moroccotraveler
Jul 27, 2012 10:55 AM
No entry reference number in passport (travelling onward to Mauritania)Hello, we recently arrived in Morocco via airplane in Tangier. We carry French and Canadian passports (so don't need visas), and were given entry stamps in our passports upon arrival.
However, we have since been asked by several hotels for our "entry number". It seems that each traveller entering Morocco is given a unique entry reference number, which follows them through the country.
We will be overlanding onward to Western Sahara and Mauritania, and do not want to face any problems with immigration at the border at Guegarat/Nouadhibou (which is in the middle of the desert!). We will be travelling through Rabat in a few days, which would probably be a good time to visit any government offices (which?) if needed.
Does anyone have any experience or advice with this, or know whether we will experience any problems at the border when exiting the country?
Many thanks in advance for any replies!
Jul 27, 2012 11:01 AM
Jul 27, 2012 11:48 AM
2I just had a look at my Canadian passport. On the page that was date stamped on my very first entry to Morocco I find another stamp, close beside the first, containing 6 numbers followed by 2 letters.
Jul 27, 2012 12:44 PM
3..... what's most likely happened is the officer who stamped your Passport forgot to number it.
This number is just to facility easy computer search, however everyone is accustomed to it and attaches undue significance to it. The stamp is most important, Moroccan officialdom can go into overdrive on small stuff like the number, if you can get to a Police computer a search through date and name can find the number.
The same number is used when you return to Morocco, and on subsequent passports.
Jul 27, 2012 2:01 PM
Jul 27, 2012 2:49 PM
Good advice from the others, I would be extremely concerned if the passport formalities had not been correctly completed at the border entry. I can only surmise that the Policiers at Tangier Airport were in " mild brain-damage mode " because of Ramadan and the summer heat, enough to distract anyone.
Everybody gets the personal identity number stamped on the same page as the entry date stamp, subsequent entry and exit stamps are clustered around the personal number, usually on the same page, if space is available.
On each arrival and departure from Morocco, this number is typed into the police computer to establish if you have any record of criminal activity during your stay in the county. On one occasion, on the Algeciras-Tangier ferry, while the Policier was distracted and my turn came up in the long queue for processing, I craned my nosey neck around to see the computer screen, but was swiftly reprimanded, and as a " punishment " my passport was subjected to extra scrutiny, by not one, but two Policiers, causing a delay in the queue, to the consternation of other Moroccans, waiting to be processed, for which I was tacitly blamed !
If this is your first visit to Morocco, you were not to know about these formalities, so explain this at a police station in Rabat.
Travelling south to the border with Mauritania will almost certainly cause problems if any irregularities are detected on your travel documentation.
Jul 27, 2012 3:08 PM
Jul 27, 2012 4:30 PM
Jul 27, 2012 4:57 PM
8Sorry didn't realise that it 'hadn't' been stamped, yes, great advice - go to a police station BUT whilst in Morocco
Where did you enter? Find this strange, I travel with 2 passports & both have their entry stamp, gained at different entry points!
Jul 27, 2012 5:26 PM
How come you have two passports ?......you sound or read like a "femme fatale"
I did this trick in India many years ago, with a spare new passport for sale, which Indians were desperate to obtain...and I made a profit from the sale in a New Delhi nightclub, involving a Sikh businessman from Bombay, a belly dancer, and an awful lot of Indian whisky........my mispent youth still haunts me today.........don't follow in Miguel's footsteps on this one ?
Jul 27, 2012 6:23 PM
Jul 27, 2012 6:46 PM
I'm probably younger than you :)
I got a second fat business passport as the first one was 4 years old with about 3 or 4 pages left once I had an Arabic translation (for trips to Libya) in it
So now I have two, both with Moroccan digits (different numbers for each one), one with lots of pages (originally 66 pages but maybe 50 or so now) & the other one that's only for Libya & will expire due to a lack of pages shortly!
Not that difficult, n'est pas?!
Jul 27, 2012 6:50 PM
Jul 28, 2012 1:52 AM
Jul 29, 2012 9:50 AM
14I examined now my passport but not find more number than max 3 and they are not the same the whole time and even entre number is not correspond with sortie number. And remember that some hotel asked me about the number in the passport but I did not know which so I gave them the passport to find it self because was thinking it is theirs problem and not mine
About to travel to Western Sahara, I was there recently, or recently, In April allready and had never some problem both with police checkpoint or hotel.
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