Before you go…
- Visas & Passports – must be valid for 6 months. Visas not necessary for EU passport holders. Other nationalities should check with the Moroccan embassy
- Electricity – is 240v and European plug adaptors usually work
- Health – whilst insects aren’t a big problem it’s worth taking mosquito repellents particularly in the Mountains/Dessert in the summer. Most areas of Morocco are malaria free
- Ramadan – 27th May to 25th of June in 2017 and 16th May to 14th of June in 2018 but this should not change your travel plans as all the tourist activities are fully operational and there is a great atmosphere in the evenings when the fast is broken and everyone takes to the streets
- Currency – it is difficult to get Moroccan Dirham in the UK (and when you do the rates are shocking…) but there is no problem using a UK cashpoint card when in Morocco. Also it is very easy to change cash (Pounds, Dollars or Euros)
- Clothing – the temperature varies enormously depending on time of time/year and location. It can be cool in the mountains or on the coast even in mid summer so it is worth taking an extra layer.
- Driving Licence – photocard type UK driving licence is accepted by car rental companies.
While you are there
- Laws & Customs – Morocco has a Muslim dominated culture and whilst friendly please respect their sensitivities. Women in particular should dress conservatively when out in public especially the old towns (Medinas). No problems with sunbathing by pools or on beaches but toplessness is unacceptable.
Respect for the King. He is hugely popular and it could cause offence to make comments about the Moroccan royal family in the way that happens in the UK.
- Time difference – it is the same as UK although their clock change dates are different so watch out in early spring and early autumn as there may be a time difference and the airlines often get confused
- Telephone – code dial 0044 or +44 for a UK number. The Moroccan international code in 212.
- Prices – rumours abound that you should never pay asking prices and should haggle. Never tried it myself.. .
- Dining out – there are fantastic restaurants of all different budgets but there are tourist traps as well. The best advice is to book with us and then we’ll give you our latest recommended list..but you have to book first!
- Vegetarian food – lots of excellent salad and vegetable based cous-sous and tajine dishes available.