|Morocco travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.
Travel to Morocco
If you’re leaving from the U.S., Royal Air Maroc offers the easiest and most direct flight from New York’s JFK airport to Casablanca.
If you’re planning to travel from Europe, regular flights depart from
... view more London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid and many other European cities.
You will obviously need a passport. If you don’t have a passport or you need to renew it, do so right away and don’t wait until the last minute. You will not need any vaccinations to get into the country, but a vaccination against hepatitis is advised. If you can find it, a one-year Hepatitis-A vaccination is safer than the kind that is valid for only ten weeks.
Electricity in Morocco
Some wall sockets in Morocco are only suitable for low-voltage appliances. Two-pin round plugs (European type) are the norm. If you intend to bring a computer to Morocco, also bring an appropriate transformer.
... view more electricity in Morocco is 220v. Power supplies for many laptop computers automatically convert from 110v to 220v, but check before you leave your country.
Getting a phone card from any convenience store or tele-boutique and calling home is easy enough to do, but very expensive. Calling out of Morocco is very expensive, and calling in is cheaper. However, many foreign
... view more telephone calling plans provide an access number from Morocco and then connect to your home number at the same charge as though the call were initiated in your country (MCI charges about 89¢ per minute).
The cell phones are not that costly and worth the investment and can be used throughout Europe after your stay in Morocco. Cell phone companies are Maroc Telecom, Meditel and Wana and are located throughout the city; keep your eye out on weekly specials. The tele-boutiques are safe and convenient but are a drain on your wallet because you have to feed coins continuously into the phone. There are tele-boutiques all over the city. MCI or AT&T calling cards work from Morocco, but only to call the US and not other countries. Be careful to watch the clock, since the rate is about $2.50 a minute.
Trains in Morocco
A rail network of about 2,500 km. links all the major towns, and a good deal of upgrading has occurred in recent years. On the whole, trains are modern, comfortable, and reliable. Most have first and second class cars
... view more and some have buffet cars or a trolley snack service (sandwiches, hot and cold drinks). On some routes, “couchettes” (night sleepers) are available.
Thieves and pickpockets are not unknown on trains, particularly on overnight trips. Never leave your wallet, passport, or other valuables in a bag sitting beside you or in your backpack’s outside pockets. By all means, have locks on all luggage zippers and stow your bags as far from the door to your car as possible.
Morocco Best Travel Practice
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- No visa is required, only a six months valid passport.
- You can exchange money and use ATM machine in all the big cities.
- You need coercive inoculations against all Africa's most popular diseases and get
... view more a good advise from your doctors. Bring your medical kit and special prescriptions.
- Morocco is multilingual and speaks Arabic, Berber, French, Spanish and English.
- Handling a tip at the end is elective, about 10% is always expected for a service.
- Morocco has one of the finest cuisines and it has exceptional menus if you properly choose your resto! Franchise brands are largely expanding mainly in big cities!
- Despite the fact that Alcohol is ‘forbidden’ by Islam and the local authorities, it is widely available and the country produces some of the finest red wine.
- No specific dress-code exists in Morocco but it is recommended that you dress conservatively and adhere to a few basic rules. Most of the big cosmopolitan places apply no specific rules and you can wear pretty much what you like, although women are recommended to cover up shoulders and legs above the knee.
- Morocco is generally a very safe place to visit. Criminal activity is rarely reported and violent crime is not common. That said, always look after your valuables as theft from cars and hotels is not unheard of. We recommend wearing a money belt as a good way to keep your valuables.
- Moroccans tend to undergo a hammam treat (steam bath) once very week and it is the perfect remedy for those seeking a truly invigorating Moroccan experience.
- Not many would think of Morocco as a lush green land. In fact the country has a wide diversity of flora, from cedar forests in the Middle Atlas, to oak, thuya and pine forests in the High Atlas.
- Much of Moroccan culture revolves around religion and the family. Although fairly liberal by the standards of many Muslim countries, Islam is still a way of life for the majority.
Camel Trekking Sahara Desert
Bring enough water, clothes suitable for trekking under a hot sun. There may be lots of sand but this is not the beach and you will be in the sun all day long. To protect your body, bring along light pants and shirts and
... view more a big hat to keep your head under cover. You can buy a typical Moroccan scarf that wraps around your head like a turban when you are in the country.
Thermal underwear to sleep in. The days are hot but the nights can be near or below freezing. A good pair of long johns is essential. Sunscreen. High SPF sunscreen isn’t always easy to find in Morocco. Get some that is at least 30 SPF – higher if your skin burns easily.
A comfortable pair of walking shoes. Sandals are not the best choice. Sometimes you can wear them, but in other places the terrain is rougher than you might imagine, with many small rocks on the ground.
A camera. The desert can be hard on photographic equipment, so a compact camera is best since it is enclosed and better protected against dust and sand. If you bring something fancier with changeable lenses make sure to get a good carrying bag and extra plastic bags to protect everything against grit. Consider a second battery for long treks.
Morocco - Money Tips for Morocco
The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). There are 200, 100, 50 and 20 dirham notes and 10, 5, 2, 1 dirham and 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c coins. Major international currencies such as Euro, US Dollars and UK Sterling are
... view more widely interchangeable at banks.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks and bureau de change desks in major towns and cities. The process can be slow and tedious. Banks normally close mid-afternoon.
ATM machines are located in all major towns and this is the easiest way to obtain local currency. Although generally reliable, like anywhere in the world, they can be very temperamental - especially on weekends and public holidays. Where possible, use machines that are located inside a bank, supermarket or building.
Credit cards are accepted in most large stores, larger restaurants and hotels in urban areas. Remember to keep all receipts and before signing check that the amount is correct. Credit cards and debit cards should always be used with caution due to the potential for fraud and other criminal activity.
Travellers’ cheques are one of the safest ways to carry money in Morocco. Be aware though that not all banks will cash these and it can be time consuming finding one that will. Travellers’ cheques are accepted in some large stores, restaurants and hotels in urban areas – however it is always best to check with the individual establishment beforehand.
Other Information - Only 1,000 Moroccan dirham are allowed to be taken out of the country, and cannot be exchanged outside Morocco, although some stores in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla may accept it. Any unused dirhams can be reconverted to hard currency at the airport exchange counter upon departure (provided the exchange desks are open and you have kept the receipts for the dirhams you purchased). It is therefore recommended to exchange only as much money as is required.
Morocco - Best time to visit
Morocco's climate is certainly diverse - from Mediterranean, to High Mountain and Plateau, to Steppe, and to Hot Desert. Overall the climate could be classified as moderate and subtropical, cooled by breezes off the
... view more Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
Typically the climate gets hotter and drier the further south you go and travelers to the southern desert areas should prepare for cold nights, particularly in December and January. On the coast, the winter months, from November to March, tend to be rainy while mountain temperatures are cool. In the interior the temperatures are more extreme, winters can be fairly cold and the summers very hot.
Marrakesh has a wonderful average winter temperature of 21ºC (70ºF) and summer temperatures can reach 100°F (38°C). If you don't mind the heat of high summer then Marrakesh makes a great all-year round destination. Rain falls rarely and overcast skies are infrequent, which means numerous blue sky days are experienced through the year. Summer evenings are exotically warm, winter evenings can be chilly - a light coat or fleece should suffice.
In the Atlas Mountains temperatures can drop below zero and mountain peaks are snow capped throughout most of the year. Oukaimeden in the High Atlas is a summer walking base and winter ski resort. The winter in the north of the country is wet and rainy, while in the south, at the edge of the Moroccan Sahara, it is dry and bitterly cold. Sunshine hours build up throughout the year from around 5 hours a day in January to 11 hours a day in July, falling back to 5 hours a day in December (Rabat averages).
Travel during winter for views of snow-capped High Atlas peaks, log fires, blue-sky days and chilly nights or during Spring-time for warmer days and blossom. For heat-seekers in search of sun and balmy evenings, June to September will appeal.
Morocco - Tipping customs
In Morocco tipping is part of everyday life. A gesture in recognition of efficient and polite service is always appreciated by local staff, hotel porters, drivers and waiters.
10% of the bill is best practice for
... view more good service. 15 dirhams per person per day for a tour guide or leader will be welcomed.
Morocco - Local Customs
Morocco is a Muslim country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially
... view more during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.
Women, especially when traveling alone, will attract attention. To minimize hassle, women should always dress inconspicuously and avoid wearing clothes that could be regarded as provocative (e.g. short skirts and low-necked strapless tops), except on the beach.
Morocco - Health Advice
Current advice indicates that there are no mandatory required vaccines for Morocco.
Recommended vaccinations include Tetanus, and Hepatitis A. Vaccinations to be considered (depending on where you intend to visit in
... view more Morocco, where you plan to stay, and what you intend to do) include Typhoid, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Rabies and Tuberculosis (TB). A vaccination certificate is not required.
We strongly advise all travelers to consult their local Travel Health Clinic or General Practitioner for further up to date information and advice on health requirements for Morocco.
Traveling Morroco:What to bring (suggestions only)
If you plan a vacation in Morroco you should bring with you the following items (suggestions only):
- Cool clothes that are comfortable for traveling (khaki, cotton and linen are usually best).
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- Casual evening clothes, a light jacket or sweater for cool evenings.
- Sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and perhaps a compact umbrella.
Try to keep in mind that part of the beauty of Morocco is its thoughtfully paced lifestyle. Women are free to dress as they please, and may wear shorts and sleeveless shirts if they choose to do so. Women are required to wear headscarves when in mosques and synagogues, but this is the only exception.
The Moroccan currency
The Moroccan currency is the Dirham (dh) and must be exchanged inside the country. It is not necessary to bring a lot of cash on your trip. ATM machines are easily available and credit cards are widely accepted. The
... view more current exchange rate is around $1= 7.31dh. You can exchange your money at hotels between certain hours. Since it is illegal to take Moroccan currency out of the country, you should only exchange as much as you think you will need.
Food & Drink in Morroco
It may take your organism a couple of days to get used to Moroccan cuisine, so you might want to take an OTC anti-acid with your meals until you acclimate. Moroccan cuisine consists of a wide variety of food that will
... view more satisfy any taste. It is especially rich in fruits and other products, so vegetarians will not have a difficult time finding a nutritious meal. Drinks are not included in the board. Bottled water can be purchased anywhere, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout your trip.
Safety Tips while in Morroco
As you walk around the Medinas, many enterprising gentlemen will offer their services to guide you around. We recommend that you stick with your guides, who will be wearing badges. Additionally, carry only a minimum
... view more amount of cash in a secure place on your person. You may leave important documents, passport, traveler’s checks, etc. in the hotel safe if you wish. When walking around the souks, we recommend that you refrain from wearing any flashy jewelry.
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