Morocco

Morocco

Welcome to Morocco

Mesmerizing Morocco spans from the High Atlas Mountains to the sweeping Saharan desert to the white-sand beaches of Essaouira. The people are friendly, the food satisfyingly flavorful and the attractions countless.

Wander through ancient medinas, the beating heart of any city and many of them, such as Fez and Marrakesh, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Horseback ride over the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and spend the night in a remote Saharan village. Admire the clothing and leather goods at Fez tanneries. Hike through Al Hoceima park on the Mediterranean coast, learning about the plant and wildlife of the region, or traipse past waterfalls in Talassemtane National Park.

Watch a dramatic sunrise over Chefchaouen and visit a traditional hammam (Moroccan bathhouse). Visit the kasbahs of Aït Benhaddou, which you might recognize from Hollywood blockbusters. Learn the stories of Morocco, woven for centuries and open for your discovery.

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Need To Know

Unique Facts

  • Just behind the Japanese dynasty founded by Emperor Jimmu, Morocco’s ruling dynasty is the second oldest in the world.
  • Many mid-20th century writers have found refuge and creative inspiration in Morocco, including Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.
  • If you love classic movies, you’ll recognize the Moroccan landscape from Casablanca, but the country has also played a part as the backdrop for many modern films, including Mission Impossible.
  • Green mint tea, or “Berber Whiskey,” is Morocco’s national drink. They like it brewed with mint and are generous with the sugar.
  • More than 10 percent of Moroccans are expats, lending to the country’s multicultural appeal.

Language

Morocco’s official language are Arabic and Amazigh.

When To Go

The best time to go to Morocco is during spring (mid-March to May) or fall (September to October). You’ll enjoy warm but pleasant weather, unlike the cold temperatures and snow of winter, or the heat of summer. The coastal regions can be visited year-round.

Airports

Mohammed V International Airport , Nouasseur

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid at time of entry for six months beyond arrival date.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

None for stays of 90 days or less

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Morocco: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccines.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: types C and E. Standard voltage: 220V. Frequency: 50Hz.

Currency

Official local currency: Dirham

Getting Around

Use caution when driving in Morocco, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, when adherence to traffic laws is lax, and from July to September when Moroccans residents return home from Europe. Driving habits are generally poor.

Trains are generally safe and on time, but be sure to keep your belongings in sight. City buses are not considered safe. Taxis are generally crime-free during the day.

Driver’s License

Valid driver’s license from country of origin required.

US Embassy Info

U.S. Consulate General Casablanca
8 Boulevard Moulay Youssef,
Casablanca, Morocco
Telephone: +(212) (522) 642-099
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(212)(661) 13-19-39
Fax: +(212) (522) 29-77-01
acscasablanca@state.gov

Local Visitor Info

Headquarters of the Moroccan National Tourist Office
Corner of Rue Oued Al Makhazine and Rue Zalaga-BP 19
Agdal-Rabat-Maroc
Tel: +212-5-37-27-83-00
Fax: + 212-5-37-67-40-15
website@onmt.org.ma

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

Ambulance: 15
Police: 19
Fire: 15

Safety and Security

The crime rate in Morocco is high, particularly in major cities and tourist areas.

Do not leave bags unattended. Avoid placing passports, cash, cell phones or other valuables in the outer pockets of backpacks or purses, or on tables in public places.

Aggressive panhandling, pickpocketing, purse snatching, theft from unoccupied vehicle and harassment of women are common.

Travelers should avoid soccer stadiums and their environs on days of scheduled matches as large groups of team supporters have been known to become unruly and harass and assault bystanders.

At night and when moving about unfamiliar areas, avoid traveling alone and utilize “petit” taxis which vary by color in the major cities (Casablanca-Red, Rabat-Blue, Marrakech-Tan, etc.).

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