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What Travelers Need to Know

Information about what to wear, will it be hot, tipping, guides, food, money exchange, bartering, who needs a visa, Ramadan and more. Browse our list or scroll down.
Environment
Food & Drink
Guides & Drivers
Health & Safety
Islam
Language
Money
People
Shopping & Bartering
Trains & Ferries
Visitor Visas
What to Wear
Who Works for Morocco Explored?

Morocco Environment

Environment

Morocco Explored runs tours through the delicate desert environment, coastlines, and High Atlas mountains, as well as cities, towns and villages. We foster responsible tourism and ask wherever possible remove what you bring into the desert, (i.e. empty containers, toilet paper, etc.). There are no disposal facilities there. Please burn toilet paper or carry it out for disposal. If you bury toilet paper in the sand the wind will quickly expose it.

It will be hot in summer, warm in spring and fall, warm to cold in winter but this will vary depending on where you are. Northern Morocco receives more rain than the rest of Morocco. The Atlantic coast has steady year round warm temperatures. The High Atlas mountains experience 4 full seasons where snowpack can stay until mid-June. The Sahara can be cold on winter nights with pleasant sunny days. Please drink water often during your summer visit to Sahara when it can be very hot. January and February means there are fewer tourists, but sunny winter days in Marrakech contrasting with distant snowy High Atlas mountains is otherworldly. Read More

Morocco Musicians

Money

The currency in Morocco is the Dirham, displayed using the symbol MAD on money exchanges. Note this is different from dirhams used by several other Arab countries and their exchange rates will vastly differ. Cash is recommended for initial conversion at the airport, and although ATMs are readily available in Moroccan cities and towns, they routinely run out of money. We recommend you retain all receipts for cross-checking. Euros are generally accepted as payment for purchases. For more visit question #8 in FAQs.

Morocco Guide

Guides & Drivers

Morocco has strict regulations for guides, drivers and vehicles working with tourists. Drivers and vehicles carry permits and are twice yearly checked for renewal. Police regularly stop drivers to review correct paperwork. Tour guides are licensed according to district and activity: ie: mountain guides, city guides, etc. and must carry a badge. They will have up to date knowledge and personal experience of the sites you are visiting. We send more about tipping in our Information Package with each booking. For more visit question #19 in FAQs.

Morocco Mosque Tower

Islam

Morocco’s people are predominantly Muslim. A Muslim is expected to:

  • take a declaration of faith;
  • pray 5 times a day facing Mecca;
  • fast from daybreak to sunset during the month of Ramadan;
  • give alms and be charitable;
  • visit Mecca once in your lifetime.

Ramadan is April 23 – May 23, 2020. During this time Muslims around the world refrain from eating, drinking, and worldly pleasures from sunrise to sunset. When the sun sets it is time for Iftar, the breakfast usually started with a serving of dates and tea or coffee, followed by a hearty meal and dessert. Time is set aside in local mosques to meet and recite the Quran in special prayers. Many businesses are closed during Ramadan. The month of Ramadan ends with a national holiday (Eid).

Sometimes patience can be tested during daylight hours when smoking, food, or water is not allowed. People are generally happy to express their faith through fasting with strength and dignity. If you travel during this time please show respect by not smoking, drinking or eating in public places, outside of restaurants or cafes, or on the street. Many cafes and restaurants are open during Ramadan to serve those who are not fasting, however alcohol may not be available.

Morocco Food

Food & Drink

Moroccan cuisine can be delicious. Wholesome bean soup, stewed beef or chicken cooked with spices and vegetables, baked lamb, couscous, fresh salads, fruits, fresh bread and French pastries are common fare. Coffee and tea is always available in street side cafes and mint tea awaits wherever you go. Alcohol can be purchased at supermarkets and hotels but is not commonly sold in restaurants. Morocco produces beer in Casablanca and wine from vineyards near Meknes.

Tap water is fine for washing and brushing teeth. Never drink well water. Good quality bottled water is available everywhere.

Vegetarian requests are understood and accommodated in most tourist visited areas. Vegan is not. Most food in Morocco is typically grown without GMO, hormones, or antibiotics. Enjoy!

If you are invited to dine with a family you might eat from a communal plate placed in the middle of the table – eat with your right hand only. Utensils are not used although visitors will be offered a fork or spoon.

Morocco

Health & Safety & Insurance

To view up to date health risks for Morocco please visit the IAMAT online guide to world travel.
Current travel advisories:
Canada: http://travel.gc.ca
Great Britain: http://www.fco.gov.uk
United States: http://travel.state.gov
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Morocco Spice

Language

In this former French colony English is spoken as the 4th or 5th language after Arabic, Berber, Spanish and French. Alongside classic Arabic, French and Spanish, English is now taught in many schools.

Morocco People

People

The original occupants of Morocco are collectively known as the Berber tribes but over time parts of modern-day Morocco have been occupied by Jews, Phoenicians, Romans, Vikings, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabs, and Nomadic peoples of Sahara and Africa.

Morocco Bead Shop

Shopping & Bartering

It’s considered inconsiderate to offer anything to anyone with your left hand.

A souk is a market of hundreds of tiny shops where you can buy almost anything. Buying crafts or a carpet will most likely involve a glass of mint tea while examining the quality of goods. Haggling for a good price takes time. Enjoy, it can be a lot of fun.

Our essential hagglers guide on HOW TO BUY A CARPET will make you an expert.

Note: We encourage buyers to be aware of the quality of goods and to research and advise against acquiring illegal cultural property or endangered species. We strongly discourage purchasing anything that compromises wild populations of plants or animals.

Morocco Donkey Cart

Trains & Ferries

Trains Schedules. Click upper right corner for English.

Spain to Tangier Ferry Schedules.

Morocco Visitor Visa

Visitor Visas

Entry visas are country dependent and granted a free 3 month visa upon arrival. Citizens from countries not listed below should obtain a visa before entering Morocco from the nearest Moroccan consulate or embassy within their home country. Visas can take several weeks or longer to be issued.

Countries currently NOT requiring pre-authorized visas – this list may change at any time.

Algeria – Andorra – Argentina – Australia – Austria – Bahrain – Belgium – Brazil – Bulgaria – Canada – Chile – Congo (Brazzaville) – Croatia – Cyprus – Czech Republic – Denmark – Estonia – Finland – France – Gabon – Germany – Great Britain – Greece – Guinea (Conakry) – Hong Kong – Hungary – Iceland – Indonesia – Ireland – Italy – Ivory Coast – Japan – Kuwait – Latvia – Liechtenstein – Lithuania – Luxembourg – Macao (up to 30 days) – Mali – Malta – Mexico – Monaco – Netherlands – New Zealand – Niger – Norway – Oman – Peru – Philippines – Poland – Portugal – Puerto Rico – Qatar – People’s Republic of China – Romania – Russian Federation – Saudi Arabia – Senegal – Singapore (They can stay one month without visa) – Slovakia – Slovenia – South Korea – Spain – Sweden – Switzerland – Tunisia – Turkey – United Arab Emirates – United States of America – Venezuela.

Morocco What to Wear

What To Wear

In Marrakech, Agadir, and Casablanca Moroccans often dress as they would on the streets of London or New York. However in rural regions we recommend travelers cover themselves from the knee (shorts or skirt) to the elbow (short-sleeved T-shirts). Loose trousers are recommended for camel treks.

A fleece or warm sweater and long pants are needed for desert and High Atlas mountain nights outside of summer months of June to September. For winter a warm coat, hat, gloves and wool socks are essential. A windproof jacket is also essential for walking treks in the desert or in the Atlas mountains.

Who Works for Morocco Explored Tours

Who Works for Morocco Explored?

Morocco Explored employs local people whenever possible such as muleteers, camel handlers, drivers, guides, guest house owners, and hotel staff.

About Visiting Morocco our resource website, has more in depth information.

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