Prepare For Your Trip
UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand, Canada & USA nationals do not require a visa at present to enter Morocco. Please check requirements if you are from another country. Check with Moroccan Consulate or local agency in your country. Americans, Canadian and most European citizens need only their passport to enter Morocco. You will need your passport at airlines for check-in. On entering/leaving Morocco, you will be required to complete an entry form at no cost.
Climate and Temperature
The climate in Morocco is dry, although rain does fall more often between November and March. Temperatures vary by season and location. The southern and southeastern desert regions can reach extremely high temperatures during the hot summer months. The higher altitudes of the mountains are cooler in summer and very cold in winter. The early summer months are the most pleasant, as rain is not a threat and temperatures are warm during the day and cool at night.
For current weather and historical data on many cities in Morocco, please visit www.wunderground.com
What to Pack/Wear
• Soft suitcases for storage on roof rack is suggested should vehicle be fully occupied
• Small backpacks are appropriate for overnight trekking into the desert
• Plastic sealable baggies for desert excursions help keep sand out
• Dress in layers, casual and comfortable. Short/long sleeve tee-shirts, shirts and blouses, trousers, long skirts. Please note Morocco is a Muslim country and modest type clothing is appropriate, avoid provocative clothing. Respect of local customs in this welcoming country is a courtesy that is appreciated. For example, access to Mosques and holy places is forbidden to non-Muslims
• Walking/hiking shoes, sandals, flip-flops, and sneakers
• Hat or scarf, sunglasses, and sunscreen for protection from the sun
• Towel, soap/hand sanitizer, Kleenex/tissue/toilet paper for desert excursions
• Personal Rx/prescription medication for entire duration of your trip should be carried with you as it may not be available at local pharmacies
• Personal over-the-counter medications could be brought such aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), topical antibiotic, Band-Aids, mosquito repellent, anti-diarrheal, antacid
No vaccination certificate is required for visitors coming from Europe or America. Anti Malarial treatment is not required.
Bottled water is recommended.
Moroccan currency is the Dirham (written as DH or MAD).
ATM cash machines are available throughout Morocco and may offer better exchange
Credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard are accepted in some hotels and restaurants
Traveler checks are not advised as it’s difficult to find banks that will cash them. Some hotels may cash, however, the commission rates are high.
For current exchange rates for your country, please visit www.xe.com/ucc
220/250 volts/Hz – converter may be required and/or European adapter (2 round plugs).
Moroccan food is both healthy and delicious, the ingredients usually of good quality. The staple is bread, and most families bake their own leavened flatbread each day. In shops and restaurants you will be served a white-flour equivalent, which is also very tasty. Some dishes you will encounter everywhere will be:
Tagine - a tasty stew cooked in cone shaped earth ware pots, with vegetables and chicken or beef or lamb or vegetarian
Couscous - a wheat grain steamed and served with a thinner meat or vegetable stew
Brochettes - skewers of beef, lamb, or chicken cooked on open flame
Harira - a thick, bean-based soup
Berber omelet - a mixture of tomatoes, onions, eggs and herbs, sometimes spicy, cooked in oil
Berber whisky - Green tea (gunpowder type) brewed with fresh mint. Moroccans like their tea very sweet. If you prefer it with less sugar, just ask
Coffee is served strong and short, with or without milk, with sugar on the side. If you don't like very strong coffee, ask for extra water.
Alcohol is available, however, not everywhere. Larger city supermarkets sell all types of alcohol although the wine is limited to French and Moroccan.