National information Morocco
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Morocco is in north-west Africa bordering Algeria to the east, with the Mediterranean to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
Form of government:
Constitutional monarchy since 1972. Independent since 1956 (former French and Spanish protectorate). The head of state is King Mohammed VI of Morocco (since 1999). Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani has been the head of government since 5 April 2017.
Islam (Sunnis of the Maliki school of law); approx. 23,000 Christians, around 3,000 Jews.
Officially Arabic (the Maghreb-Arab dialect of Darija is spoken) and the new Berber language Tamazight since the new constitution has been applied; other local Berber languages; French is widely spoken as the language of business and education.
Various climate zones; Rabat has an Atlantic climate – humid and hot in the summer, damp and cool in the winter.
The supply voltage in Morocco is 110/220 V, 50 HZ. An adapter is recommended.
The time zone in Morocco is Central European Time (CET) -1. There is a summer/winter time adjustment in Morocco, so the difference to Central Europe is -1 hour in both the winter and the summer.
Making telephone calls:
The country code for Morocco is 00212 (+212) with the zero cancelled before the area code. If you are calling the UK from Morocco, please dial 0044 (+44) and the area code without the zero.
Country and people:
The crafts of carpet making, jewellery and leatherworking are established and sometimes centuriesold elements of Oriental culture. And so on our circular tour we will also visit a jewellery workshop, a leather trader and a traditional carpet-making workshop. Here you can discover interesting facts about the Moroccan art of carpet making and experience how hand-knotted carpets have been made since generations. During this fascinating demonstration you will learn about the preparation of the silk threads, the natural colours of the wool and the delicate and very time-consuming knotting work. In each workshop you will have 1-2 hours to view artworks and products. Bargaining is a national custom in Morocco. If you are not interested in buying, then the traders will also accept a clear no. People do not bargain in department stores and supermarkets, or in markets where the local farmers sell their wares. In Morocco it is customary to give tips. Similar to the USA, this is part of the income for service professions. Moreover it symbolises appreciation of the service provided. You can tip the chambermaid around £0,5 to £1 per night. In restaurants and taxis tipping around 10% of the billed sum is usual. No tips are given in shops. For group trips, a tip of around £1 per day and per person is recommended for the tour guide and for the bus driver. Of course, everyone may decide for themselves whether and how much tip they wish to give.
Entry requirements for British citizens:
British nationals do not need a visa to visit Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. When entering the country, make sure your passport is stamped. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. Customers are reminded that it is their sole responsibility to make sure that passport and visa entry requirements for the country or countries that they are visiting are satisfied and we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied. Regulations in respect of passport and visa requirements for Morocco are the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco whose Web site is at www.diplomatie.ma/en. If you hold a different type of British nationality (BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), please check visa requirements with the Moroccan Embassy before you travel. However, passport and visa requirements change from time to time and are also dependent on the purpose of your visit and your nationality. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied.
Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture, etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information and a welcoming drink. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Morocco has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras on arrival. We recommend booking the following packages when you get there, as some hotels on the tour are situated out of town in idyllic countryside, which means you can benefit from special rates.
Cultural tour gourmet package: The package includes a sumptuous buffet each evening featuring international specialties during the 7-day cultural trip.
Explorer package: This package includes six lunchtime meals plus the following additional events: tour of lights – Casablanca by night, excursion to „Djemaa el-Fna“ and horse-drawn carriage ride, all-day excursion to Essaouira, visit to the „Jardin Majorelle“ Botanic Gardens.
Optional exhibition to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Essaouira: only £45 per person incl. lunch (bookable upon arrival)
You can pay the tour guide locally for packages in cash (£) or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard). It is also possible that your credit card and/or EC card may need to be activated first by your bank prior to your trip. Please enquire at your bank.
The currency is called the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). Exchange rate (as at April 2019): 1 GBP = 12.63 MAD; 1 MAD = 0.08 GBP.
Moroccan Dirham can only be obtained in Morocco. Money should only be changed in official currency exchange offices (bureau de change), recognisable by their golden logo, and at hotel receptions. Conversion is free of charge and you receive a receipt that must be retained until you exit Morocco, enabling you to re-exchange any Dirham you no longer require. Major international credit cards are accepted in larger hotels, shops and in restaurants. Cash can also be withdrawn from cash terminals in larger towns and cities using a credit card or an EC/ Maestro card and PIN number. However, there are increasing reports of false billings from cash terminals in Morocco. Import and export of the national currency is forbidden. Before you exit the country, the national currency must be re-exchanged. There are no limits to the amount of foreign currency you may bring in to the country and no declaration requirement. When taking foreign currency out of the country, for amounts equivalent to 50,000 Dirham and above you must be able to prove that the money was brought in with you on entering the country.
Strict foreign exchange regulations apply in Morocco: in principle, Dirham sums may neither be imported nor exported. At the moment there are different tolerance limits for tourists (currently 1,000 Dirham) and for residents. Further information at: www.douane.gov.ma. Information on customs regulations for importing products into the UK can be found on the British customs Web site: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.
Special criminal law provisions:
The possession of illegal drugs is punishable with prison terms of up to 10 years as well as high fines and customs penalties. Possession of even the smallest amounts is punishable. Extramarital and same-sex sexual relationships are criminal offences in Morocco. In practice, however, a sexual relationship between unmarried European heterosexual couples is not punished. However, difficulties occur if one of the unmarried partners holds Moroccan citizenship
General travel information:
Extreme caution is recommended in road traffic. Both car drivers and pedestrians must behave very carefully and can not assume considerate behaviour by other road users or the observation of traffic regulations by others. Pedestrians and animals may be encountered at any time, even on motorways. In practice there is hardly any possibility to make claims for damages, even if these are justified.
Vaccinations are not required for entering Morocco. Contact your General Practitioner around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country-specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.
Diarrhoea: Most diarrhoea illnesses can be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene.
Rabies: In more rural areas, it is not unusual to encounter animals such as dogs running free. A rabies vaccination is thus advisable.
Medical care: The medical care in the country is not quite the same level as in Europe. However, there are excellent, highstandard private health clinics in Rabat and Casablanca.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 150 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
Please observe that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.
All information is subject to change/Last updated: April 2019