There are a number of helpful facts for visitors to Morocco to keep in mind. From information about Visas and Passports to advice on what to pack for your trip, we’ve got answers for you!
Do I Need a Visa to Go to Morocco and Other Helpful Facts
Planning a vacation to Morocco is a big deal, especially if you have never before traveled to Northern Africa. In this blog post, we answer some of the biggest questions travelers to Morocco have asked. Read on for great information about some of your pressing questions. We might even answer some questions you haven’t yet thought to ask!
Do I Need a Visa to Go to Morocco?
Most travelers to Morocco do not need a Visa unless they intend to stay for longer than three months. However, you do need a Passport that is valid for at least six months after your arrival. Your Passport must also have at least one blank page for your entrance stamp when you arrive into the country. Travelers can stay up to 90 days without a Visa, and you are required to have a return ticket to prove how long you intend to stay.
Note: Visitors from South Africa are required to have a Visa to visit Morocco.
For more information, please check with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Morocco.
What Vaccinations Do I Need?
There are no mandatory vaccinations for visitors to Morocco. However, there are several that are recommended. Visitors should consider making sure their vaccinations are up-to-date for the following: DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Polio), Hepatitis A and B, and the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) for anyone not yet protected against measles.
How Should I Pack?
When deciding what clothing to pack for Morocco, you should first consider where you will be visiting and what time of year. Morocco is often described as a “cold country with a hot sun”, so it is wise to dress in layers throughout the year. Even in the summer in the hot desert city of Marrakech, the evenings can get chilly after the sun goes down.
Male travelers can largely dress however they want as they travel around Morocco. Women are advised to be mindful of what they wear. Skirts and shorts should ideally be at least knee length. But full-length pants and skirts are better. Avoid shirts that show cleavage or bare shoulders. And having a scarf handy so you can cover your hair in certain areas is always a good idea. Even if you never use it – it is better to have the option than not.
In larger cities frequented by Western travelers, there is much more flexibility in what women can wear. But when heading up into the mountains and smaller towns, you will likely be more comfortable and be treated more respectfully if you dress conservatively. Loose, lightweight clothing made of natural fibers is always a good idea in the summer. And if you plan on riding camels in the desert, you will definitely want longer pants to protect your legs.
How About Money?
You can bring as much foreign money into Morocco as you would like – but you must declare any amount over 100,000 dirhams (approximately 8500 Euros or 27,200 USD). Although the Dirham is the Moroccan form of currency, Euros, United States Dollars, and Canadian Dollars can be changed at the currency exchange booths located in the larger cities. You can always use cash, although credit cards may be a problem in many smaller retailers.
For more helpful facts for visitors to Morocco when it comes to money, see Frommer’s article “Money and Morocco”.
What Should I Eat and Drink?
Travelers are generally advised to avoid drinking the tap water in Morocco, making bottled water the safer choice. When choosing where to eat, it is good to be mindful. But don’t be so cautious that you miss out on the amazing Moroccan cuisine, which is definitely one of the best reasons for visiting this North African country. When picking a restaurant or some of the incredible street food, the key is to watch for the locals. If you see Moroccans enjoying the food at a certain location, you can be assured that the food is likely great. If you are travelling with us, your guide will be sure you have a safe and delicious restaurant or home cooked meal.
In bigger cities like Marrakesh, you may want to consider taking a Moroccan Food Tour so you don’t miss one single scrumptious bite.
What Language Do Moroccans Speak?
The two official languages of Morocco are Arabic and Berber. However, in larger areas, particularly those frequented by tourists, you will commonly find people who speak French and English, too. If you travel into the mountains, smaller villages, and rural areas, you would be advised to have an Arabic dictionary with you to help you speak with the locals. If this concerns you, it might be a good idea to consider booking a Moroccan tour when you wish to wander off the beaten path.
What Do I Need For My Electronics?
In Morocco, the power plugs and sockets are of type C and E. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. If you want to be able to use your electronic devices while vacationing in Morocco, it is a good idea to purchase the proper plug adapters ahead of time. For specific information on what you need based on your country of origin, this link can help.
How Do I Get Around?
Most visitors arrive in Morocco via air travel arriving at one of the major cities. And there are a number of smaller flights available between cities once you are there, as well. Travelers who prefer to stay on the ground once in the country can travel between cities by train or by bus. However, in the more rural areas of the country, it is usually necessary to travel by car.
You do not need an International Driver’s License in Morocco if you have a valid driver’s license in English with a picture. There are cars available for rent in some of the larger cities like Casablanca and Marrakech.
Travelers who are uncomfortable with exploring Morocco on their own might find it more comfortable and fun to book one of the many tours available around the country. Here at Roaming Camels, we have many regular tours that are quite popular. We are also happy to talk with you about planning a custom tour. Feel free to contact us anytime, and we will do our best to help you in any way we can.
There are many helpful facts for visitors to Morocco to keep in mind. We have tried to cover many of the important ones here, but if you have questions that we have not answered, please let us know. We want your Moroccan vacation to be the experience of a lifetime!