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ElChott 2020 – the new date is fixed

At a point in time when we published in previous years the conclusion of the event that was behind us, this year we are announcing the replacement date in order to be able to implement the rally in the first place.

The regular dates of other events planned for spring as well as some “catch-up dates” for postponed events did not make it easy for us to find a suitable period.

And one more thing is aggravating: whether the rally can take place in the specified period depends to a large extent on how the corona pandemic develops in the next few months and whether the currently applicable travel and entry restrictions are lifted by March 2021.

Really I would like to be able to announce the replacement date for ElChott 2020 with more certainty, but unfortunately that is not possible under the current circumstances. On the other hand, there is now a basis for personal planning for all potential participants, service teams and employees in the organization.

With this in mind, I hope that we can hold ElChott 2020 five months late but as planned, because the anniversary rally “40 years ElChott 1981-2021” is already on the program for October 2021.

Until then – stay healthy and keep your fingers crossed.

Unfortunately ElChott 2020 has to be postponed

In line with the current developments in covid-19 infection in Tunisia, but also in Europe, we unfortunately have no choice but to postpone the event.

Everyone involved in the organization of the event did what they could to hold the rally even under the currently difficult conditions. With our hygiene and precautionary concept, we had created the prerequisites for entering Tunisia and issuing the event permit. But the rapid development of the infection rate has ruined all our efforts.

  • The number of new infections in Europe is increasing dramatically.
  • More and more European countries (France, Switzerland, Spain, Czech Republic, UK) are on the “red list” of the Tunisian Ministry of Health. The exception to the entry ban for citizens of these countries planned for the rally can no longer be upheld, especially since the forecast for the end of October predicts a further deterioration in the situation.
  • While Tunisia had low numbers of infections in the spring and summer, it is now being hit all the harder by the pandemic. The number of new infections has increased a hundredfold since the beginning of August (currently almost 3,000 per day). Under these conditions, sports or travel events across the country can of course no longer be approved. Already granted permits will be withdrawn.
  • Since yesterday, Tunisia has been declared a risk area. Return travelers have to stay in quarantine, at least in Germany. Each participant can decide for himself whether this is justified for him. On the other hand, I cannot ask this of my voluntary organization and service employees. After all, that’s also a question of lost vacation and earnings. And many employers have announced sanctions if employees travel to risk areas.
  • There could also be further problems. How and whether our participants from the so-called “risk countries” are allowed to pass through the transit countries to the ferry and back at the end of October and beginning of November is still completely unclear.

Unfortunately under this circumstances, as the organizer, I have no choice but to postpone the “ElChott 2020” rally to a later date.

After checking possible alternative dates (March / April 2021), we will announce the new event period soon.

Until then – stay healthy and keep your fingers crossed for all of us that things will become a little more normal again.

Entry requirements for Tunisia

Nothing is the same this year.

It is clear to all of us that “ElChott 2020”, like other sports or travel events also, can only take place under clearly defined conditions. For that it will be a comprehensive hygiene and prevention concept. And even if we are likely to face some restrictions, we will try to adhere to the planned event schedule.

The most important requirement, however, is the negative PCR test to be presented upon entry. The test result must not be older than 120 hours when we arrive in Tunisia on October 25th, 2020.

Each participant is self responsible for ensuring that the test will be carried out on time and that the result will be presented.

Registration and scrutineering in Tortona (IT)

Registration and technical scrutineering in Italy will take place in 2020 again in the hotel “Il Carrettino” in Tortona.

Almost in the middle between Milano and Genvoa and halfway between Piacenza and Genoa, the hotel is one kilometer south of the motorway intersection (A7 / A21 – Tortona), reachable via the first exit after the motorway cross.

Address: Strada per Pozzolo 15 – 15057 Tortona / Rivalta Scrivia  (AL)

GPS coordinates: N 44°52.072′   E 008°49.546′

Please book individually via e-mail with the code “El Chott”:

Please book at short notice, as the hotel has only a limited number of rooms available.

Registration and techn. scrutineering takes place at 23/10/2020 between 09:20 am and 7:00 pm. The vehicles can be presented for the technical inspection by the service or transportation teams also. The presentation of all competition vehicles for scutineering and installing the tracking systems and GPS loggers is mandatory. Exceptions require special permission from the organizer.

Accommodation possibilities in the area:

Motel K, Via Valloni 8, Casei Gerola – directly at the exit of the A7 – bookings at:

Motel 2, Strada Statale per Sale 14, Tortona – at motorway junction A7 / A21 – bookings at:

More hotels can be found in Tortona.

On 24/10/2020 every participant must be in time at 10:00 am in the ferry port of Genoa.

GPS coordinates: N 44° 24.728′   E 008° 54.640′



El Chott Clothing Collection 2020

At the beginning of October we will put ordered textiles to the embroidery once again. Who is still interested, should place an order in the shop till 30th of September latest. The delivery time is about 2-3 weeks. -> csm-offroadshop

Rally schedule 2020

The final rally stages 2020

2,475 km in Tunisia (10 days stages)

(ferry to ferry)


2,180 rally kilometers

(from start at first hotel to the award ceremony at last hotel)


1,355 competition kilometers

(prologue + 8 special stages)


marathon stage (6 + 7)

(bivouac at lost lake between the fascinating dunes of the Erg Oriental without service)

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