To Know

Here you will find the necessary information for your trip.

Documents required

  • For all visitors to Morocco you need a valid passport, but visitors from the following countries do not need to obtain visas before arrival:

The Schengen Member States, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa d’Ivoire, Croatia, Republic of Congo, Guinea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Libya, Mali, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Korea South America, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela.

  • Tourists from countries that need a visa to enter Morocco should contact the nearest Embassy of Morocco.

  • Passports must be submitted to the airlines and airport security check-in.
  • In input / output from Morocco, you must complete a form of entry / exit.

What to bring / wear

 

  • The climate varies depending on the region and season, so dress in layers, casual and comfortable is the best option.
  • Morocco is a Muslim country and modest dress is appropriate, you should avoid provocative clothing. Respect for local customs is a courtesy that is appreciated.
  • Access to the mosques and holy places is forbidden to non-Muslims. Bring tee-shirt with short or long sleeves, shirts and blouses, pants, skirts. Depending on the tour, you may want to consider the advantages of soft suitcases to stow luggage rack or on backpacks, appropriate for multi-day trek in the desert.
  • The sand in the desert is everywhere, you should then lead sealable plastic bags. Pockets with buttons, zippers or Velcro avoid the loss of objects and avoid entering the sand.
  • For trekking in the valleys are suitable shoes, unless you go in the coldest time of year, in this case better boots. In the cities and in the medinas, the streets are paved or unpaved: any type of closed footwear is more comfortable.
  • The sun can be very strong and the wind in the desert can be a nuisance, so you should wear a hat or scarf, sunglasses and sunscreen for protection from the sun.

Language

  • Arabic is the official language. Moroccan Arabic is a dialect of Maghreb Arabic, and it is very different from that spoken in Middle East, since it has some influence French or Spanish , depending on the region .
  • The Berber people of Morocco speaks the language of the Berbers , or Amazigh language .
  • Tarifit is the dialect spoken in the mountainous regions of the north, while in the central region the dialect is Tamazight , and southern dialect is Tachelheet .
  • French is widely spoken and understood in Morocco (it is the language in the workplace , in government and diplomacy ) .
  • English and Spanish are generally spoken in tourist centers.

Food

 

Moroccan cuisine is mostly healthy and delicious, and the ingredients are usually of good quality. It is advisable to avoid raw vegetables. Some of the most common and typical dishes are:

  • Tajine : a tasty soup , cooked in clay pots in the shape of a cone , chicken or beef or lamb and vegetables.
  • Couscous : a type of wheat steamed , served with meat or vegetables.
  • Brochettes : skewers of beef, lamb or chicken cooked on the grill .
  • Harira : a thick soup made ​​of beans .
  • Berber Omelette : a mixture of tomatoes, onions , eggs and herbs, sometimes spicy , cooked in oil.
  • Mint tea : sometimes called Berber whiskey , it is a green tea with fresh mint produced with the addition of sugar into the pot .
  • Coffee: usually served strong and short , with or without milk, with sugar on the side.
  • Alcool : availability is limited to religious prohibition , but you can find in the supermarkets of the larger cities and tourist restaurants .

Climate and temperature

  • The climate in Morocco is mostly dry, although the rainy season is from October to November and April to May.
  • The maximum rainfall occurs in the north-west. Temperatures vary greatly by region and by season.
  • The desert regions of south and south-east can reach very high temperatures during the hot summer months. The highest mountain ranges the heat is moderate, cooler in summer and very cold in winter. The early summer months are quite pleasing, with not much rain, warm days and cool nights. The eastern side of the Atlas Mountains, which deflects the moist air of the Atlantic, have a pre-Saharan climate, while their western slopes are relatively fresh and subject to some precipitation.
  • The temperature variations are small along the Atlantic coast, while the interior is characterized by extreme changes.

Health

 

Besides your personal medications , it may be good idea to bring :

  • Toilet paper for hiking in the desert , aspirin, band-aids, a digestive , antibiotic gastrointestinal tract (containing bacitracin and neomycin ), anti- diarrhea, anti-acid , etc. 
  • No vaccination certificate is required for visitors from Europe or America.
  • Anti malaria treatment is not necessary.
  • Bottled water is recommended.

Coin

  • The Moroccan currency is the Dirham ( written as DH or MAD).
  • ATMs are available in some areas of Morocco , but it is better to have available cash.
  • Credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard are accepted at some hotels and restaurants , but do not count on them , especially outside the city and in the south.
  • Traveler checks are not accepted.

Electricity and voltage

 

The nominal voltage in Morocco is 220 V at 50 Hz, and the jacks accept standard plugs Europlug , as in all of continental Europe part of the Middle East, with two -pin 4 mm in diameter.

More information

  • Capital: Rabat.
  • Government: Constitutional monarchy.
  • Total area: 446,550 km2.
  • Territory : 446.300 km2.
  • Water: 250 km2.
  • Population : 32,725,847 (July 2006).
  • Religion: Muslim 98.5 % , Christian 1.3 % , Jewish 0.2%.
  • International dialing code: +212.
  • Internet TLD : . ma.
  • Time zone : UTC ( same as London ).