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Morocco Frequently Asked Questions

Morocco Introduction

Where is Morocco?

Morocco is located in north western Africa, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the north. It is bordered by Algeria to the east and Mauritania to the south.  

What is the official language of Morocco?

The official language is Moroccan Arabic, however French is the recognized business and higher education language. Berber language is also spoken by a large majority of Moroccan Berbers also known as Amazigh people  (native Moroccans). Due to its proximity to the southern coast of Spain, many people in the northern regions of Morocco speak Spanish, while English and German are often spoken in popular tourist destinations. ( See Morocco Language Arabic)

Morocco

What is the official religion of Morocco?

Islam is the state religion of Morocco. 

What is the political system in Morocco?

Officially called the Kingdom of Morocco, Morocco is a constitutional monarchy. Mohammed VI is the present King of Morocco. He was born on 21 August 1963 and ascended to the throne in July 1999.

What is the capital of Morocco?

The Capital of Morocco is Rabat, which is located on the Atlantic Ocean.

What is the currency in Morocco?

Dirham is the official currency of Morocco. 

What is the electrical system in Morocco?

Morocco voltage is 220V, 50 Hz (two pin round plugs).  Always check your laptop or electronic items to make sure they can handle 100-240 volts

Will my laptop work in Morocco?

Laptops and electronics from USA or Europe will usually work in Morocco, assuming to have access to an electric plug adapter, European French adapter, (this can be purchased in all major electronics stores, online or in the airport).  . 

Will I have internet access in Morocco?

Internet cafes are widely popular in Morocco, making it easy for visitors to access the internet.  Internet Café’s generally open early and close late, and usually charge approximately 3-5 DH per hour. Many hotels also offer wireless access, but always be careful to understand all fee’s and charges upfront. The internet country code for morocco is .ma. 

Will my cell phone work in Morocco?

World phones, blackberry’s and Iphones can receive calls as long as International roaming is enabled. Check with your service provider to avoid high fees and huge bills. If you are planning to use a Moroccan pre-paid SIM card with your GSM handset to make and receive calls while in Morocco, you will need to ensure you unlock your phone before leaving US, Canada, or your country of origin.  You can do this by calling your provider (they will typically unlock your US Phone within half hour of your call). The general telephone system in Morocco is a modern system with all typical capabilities, however density is low with only 7 fixed lines available for each 100 persons. Mobile-cellular subscribership had reached 60% in 2007. 

International calling Information:

Country Phone code: 212

Calling Morocco from the states +212 (destination number)

Calling USA from Morocco: +1 (area code) + (destination number) 

Is Morocco safe for tourists? What safety precautions need to be taken when traveling to Morocco?

Safety is why Morocco is a favored destination in North Africa, as crimes committed against tourists are extremely low (and severely punished by Moroccan law). However, you should always check your state department website before traveling to any country. While in Morocco it is useful to be aware of the US embassy:

Rabat US embassy

Casablanca US consulat 

Visiting Morocco 

How do I get there?

Morocco is an easily accessible from most European and northern American countries.  You can search for flights at any of your favorite travel websites (kayak.com, expedia.com, bing.com, cheaptickets.com etc), or you can directly book flights using the website of airlines that fly to Morocco (see below). 

What airlines fly to Morocco?

Most major airlines operate service to/from Morocco.  Popular airlines include: 

Royal Air Maroc: Operates direct flights from New York, Paris, Madrid, London and Most other European destinations.

Iberia: Operates direct flights from Spain

Air France: Operates direct flights from France

British Airways: Operates direct flights from England

Ryan Air: Prominent discount airline offers flights to major Morocco cities from multiple European destinations. 

Do I need a visa for Morocco?

No visa is required for American, Canadian and European visitors to gain entry to Morocco.   

Do I need any vaccinations before visiting Morocco?

No vaccinations are needed (or required) to visit Morocco. 

Getting around in Morocco

Morocco by train

Morocco Regional Airlines: Regional Maroc

Morocco by Bus

Morocco Car Rental: All major international car rental companies operate in Morocco. These include Avis, Hertz, Budget, EuropCar etc.

Morocco by Grand Taxi:  Available in all major cities, Grand taxis are generally shared rides, and rates can be negotiated (prepare to haggle for a good deal).

Morocco by petit Taxi: Small cabs, referred to as “ Petit Taxi” are metered and you can expect to pay around 50-100dh for short trips.

Where should I stay in Morocco?

Check our riads and hotels section 

Are there any clothing restrictions?  

Typically women and men in Morocco wear the traditional all covered ca "Jelabas" (check our photo gallery for a preview). In addition, women typically wear scarves "Hijab" (to cover the hair) while older men wear hats. However, in the more metropolitan area’s western style clothing is the norm.  Younger generations, professional women wear western suits in the business world, and transition to more western clothing (shirts/blouses, tank tops, jeans, shorts, skirts, etc) in a more relaxed environment.  Similarly professional young men wear western style suits, shirts and jeans, shorts, etc. The choice of clothing depends largely on location (town/city) age, economic status and occupation of the individuals.  

As a tourist visiting a beach destination it is acceptable to wear a 1 or 2-piece bathing suit while at the beach, and the same logic holds true to for hotel swimming pools.  Local people who might get offended, do not often go to the beach. 

Dress appropriately on tours of mosques, holy places and small, rural village (particularly small towns and villages in the southern part of Morocco).  You should be respectful of local culture and will need to dress conservatively. If you don’t know, what’s appropriate, watch the locals.  

(See Morocco Culture Section)

What is a typical meal in Morocco?

Check our Moroccan cuisine section for dish ideas, recipes,  pictures and videos about Moroccan cuisine.

Can I drink tap water, is it safe?

Tap water is safe to drink, however bottled water is available and relatively inexpensive (approx $1 for 750ml bottle).  Bottled water is recommended. 

What type of nightlife can I expect in Morocco?

The large Moroccan cities are buzzing with nightlife and activity.  As with many cities you can expect to find: Live local music,  night clubs, cabarets, casinos, restaurants, bars with live entertainment, karaoke bars, fantasia live shows, Moroccan music and dance, ‘Night in Desert’ entertainment,  Check our night life section for more information.

Things to do in Morocco

What are the must see’s in each of the key cities

Visit our Morocco cities and towns guide section.

What are the top sports in Morocco?

Soccer (or foot ball) is hugely popular in Morocco, with the national soccer team having made the world cup more than 4 times. Moroccan local soccer clubs compete in national league each year. Every city has a team (or sometimes two) which typically have a large fan following.  This creates a great atmosphere, and a fun experience (time permitting we would recommend you check out a live soccer game while visiting Morocco).  

Basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, horse riding, hand ball, rugby, running, boxing…etc are all available but haven’t achieved the level of popularity that soccer commands. 

If you love outdoors: trekking, skiing, fishing, Morocco surfing, Morocco golfing, marathon running, hiking, tennis, golf, windsurfing, kayaking, bicycling, water rafting, snowboarding (that’s right and skiing) can all be enjoyed while touring the country. Check out our outdoor section.  

Studying in Morocco

Where can I study Arabic in Morocco?

Check our Arabic school listing. 

More Moroccan Questions and Answers

Where can I get answers for my Moroccan travel questions?

Please use our Morocco travel forum to get answers to your Moroccan questions, and learn more about Morocco travel and customs. We can also be contacted for any additional travel questions about Morocco.

 

 

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