BEFORE YOU GO
If you're interested in a trip to Morocco, you've come to the right place.
Below you'll find all the information you need about how to pack for your adventure, what to prepare for logistically with your flights and travel documents, and details like what to wear in a Muslim country. Take a look and let us know if you have any additional questions! We're always happy to chat and can be reached directly at 1.888.870.0903.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE?
Temperatures in Morocco vary widely based on the season and the region in which you are traveling. In general, coastal areas benefit from a warm tropical climate while further inland you will experience hotter and drier weather. If you’re traveling in the winter (November-March), be aware that you'll need to pack a rain jacket—this is when rain falls in the coastal regions of Morocco. Check the forecast before you fly for the most accurate information.
Q: IS THERE A DRESS CODE?
There is no dress code in Morocco, although you should be aware that it is a Muslim country. Western summer apparel is common in busy areas, but longer sleeves and low hemlines will be appreciated by the locals. Sleeveless shirts, revealing dresses, and shorts are not acceptable in some places outside tourist areas. Both men and women should dress modestly and respectfully, especially in the walled cities and rural areas or when invited into private homes.
Q: CAN I USE MY CELL PHONE?
Even if you have an international plan, you may or may not get service in Morocco. Check with your provider before leaving the country. But hey, don’t you want to unplug anyway?
Q: HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING?
Moroccan currency is the Moroccan dirham (MAD or Dhs). When you arrive, plan on exchanging or withdrawing cash at the airport. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to take Dhs out of the country so you will need to change any unspent money before departure at the airport. Just keep your receipts from your initial money exchange to help facilitate re-conversion at the end of your stay. Major credit cards like American Express, Master Card, and Visa are commonly accepted at large establishments, including hotels, shops, and airlines. Remember to let your credit card know you will be traveling! Come with a few options so you’re not scrambling, and remember to store everything in a money belt or pouch for safe keeping.
Q: WHAT'S THE DEAL ON TIPPING?
Tipping is a personal and individual matter; the decision to tip and how much to give is entirely yours. For tipping in Morocco, use small bills of 20 and 50 Dirham (Dhs). Here are some general guidelines:
- 10% tip is customary in restaurants in Morocco
- 20 or 50 Dhs is a good tip for staff in the riads and hotels who provide you with good service
- 1 or 2 Dhs is typically paid to the restroom attendants at roadside stops
- The children in Morocco are charming and might ask you for pens, sweets, or footballs. We discourage giving this way as it teaches the children to watch for tourists rather than go to school. If you would like to give something, even used clothes, then we can organize a donation through a local school or association. Please do NOT give children money.
- It is customary to tip guides and drivers at the end of a tour. For a tour with an English-speaking driver you would give approximately 150-300 Dhs per day; for a group of 4 or more it would be about 150 Dhs per person per day. For local official guides, tip from 150 Dhs (2 people) or 400 Dhs (4 people+) for a half day tour; and from 250 Dhs (2 people) to 500 Dhs (4 people+).
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND VACCINATIONS
PASSPORT & VISAS
Morocco does not require US citizens to secure a visa for stays shorter than 90 days.
Before you leave home, make several photocopies of your passport. We also recommend bringing at least two extra 2x2 passport photographs. This will facilitate the replacement of your passport in the event your passport is lost or stolen. Keep your passport, money, vouchers, and international air tickets in a money belt or pouch.
- Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of entry into antarctica
- Please have 2-3 blank pages in your passport, you world traveler you!
There are no required vaccinations for entry into Morocco. Pease note that your ultimate decision about immunizations should be made with the guidance of your doctor or local travel health clinic. You can also check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
CHARGERS AND ADAPTORS
Morocco operates on 220-voltage electricity, so converters and adapters are necessary. Electrical sockets will be found with plug styles C and E so when purchasing your plug adapter be sure it will work in both types of sockets.
THINGS YOU'LL NEED
- Full-length pants and longer skirts while touring are a good, respectful option
- Evenings in the desert and coastal regions can be quite cool, so have access to a jacket or shawl if you will be out
- Something glamorous for the dinners in the lavish restaurants
- Sandals are acceptable in the desert or hotel, but be aware that streets are very dusty and closed shoes are more practical
- For those doing an overnight riding safari, headlamps can be handy to have around the campsite, as well as a pair of lightweight gloves for protection from the sun and thorny trees
- If traveling in the desert or mountains for an overnight stay a small flashlight is advisable
- If traveling in the desert have zip-lock bags for keeping items free of fine sand. Particularly camera equipment, contact lenses, & cosmetics.
- KEEP IN MIND: light layers and fabrics like linen are always a good idea in Morocco
- Insect repellent
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a scarf or hat
- Extra money and money belt to securely carry all passports, vouchers, and air tickets
- Normal prescriptions and traveler’s meds for heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea, etc.
- Doctor’s note if you have a metal hip, knee replacement, etc.
- Leave room in your suitcase for shopping—it's irresistible!
Remember! Your carry-on should include your passport, money, toiletries, camera, and a spare set of clothes.
WHEN YOU'RE IN THE AIR
Check-in time for all international flights is three hours prior to departure time. This allows for delays at the security screening units in each terminal. There is no first class fast track through security screening, so get there early to avoid any stress.
First of all, take a deep breath. You’ve already packed a spare set of clothes, your passport, money, and camera in your carry-on. Next, provide your airline with contact and delivery information for your first stop. Let our ground operator there know that your luggage has been lost, and they will track it while you enjoy your stay.
HOW TO ACT LIKE A LOCAL
Morocco is one of the most otherworldly destinations we travel to, in large part because of the Muslim culture. Below you'll find information about the customs and behaviors of Morocco so that when you show up, you can relax and fully enjoy every part of this colorful country.
You’ll be surrounded by an exciting culture and you’ll want to document it, but remember to always ask permission before taking photographs of people.
- It is customary to pay a few Dirham to snake charmers, water vendors, or other people whose photo you would like to take.
- Special permission is required for the use of tripod and artificial light on monuments.
- Special permission of the Government of Morocco is required for any photography for the purpose of publicity and commercial use.
- Photography is prohibited in tribal areas (ask your guide if uncertain).
- Taking photos of airports, railway stations, bridges, military installations, and from the air is prohibited.
PLACES OF WORSHIP
Islam is the official religion of Morocco. Prayers are made five times per day, marked by the call to prayer from the minaret of every mosque in every village, town, and city.
- If visiting a mosque, removing one’s shoes before entering the mosques in Casablanca and Mekens.
- Avoid taking leather goods of any kind (bag, belt, etc) into places of worship.
- Do not wear shorts or sleeveless tops in places of public worship.
- Many mosques do not allow non-Muslims to enter, but if you are allowed into a mosque, respect must be shown and women should have their head and shoulders covered.
CUSTOMS TO KNOW
- Fridays are Muslim holy days, be prepared that many shops and attractions will be closed.
- Haggling in the marketplaces is expected!
- Keep in mind that within Muslim culture, particularly among Moroccans, the left hand is considered unclean and using it for anything socially important like eating or shaking is not done. Particularly when in public, it is respectful to be aware of this important cultural distinction.
You might want to pick up a few iconic souvenirs while in Morocco! Here's our guide.
- Leather and carpets are well known in Fez while fragrances, oils, and spices are famous in Marrakech.
- Purchasing local clothing is a great way to ensure you are dressed respectfully and provides a fantastic souvenir! Keep your eyes out for a striking Moroccon djellabah which can be worn anywhere.
- Saffron is a popular souvenir, though beware of artificial saffron! You can ask the vendor for a demonstration in water. If it colors the water yellow, the saffron is real. If the water turns reddish, it’s the dye coming out from the artificial saffron. You can also smell the difference as the genuine spice should smell quite herbal.
IN CASE YOU MISS US
If your family needs to contact you for emergency reasons while you are away, please have them call the Outside GO office in Santa Fe at (505) 795-7710.
For after hour emergencies, please use the following:
SANDY CUNNINGHAM | (505) 231-0699 | firstname.lastname@example.org
BRITTANY BENGRY | (616) 401-9058 | email@example.com
CHIP CUNNINGHAM | (505) 231-0355 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- When dialing from the United States, the U.S. exit code “011” must be dialed prior to the international number
When dialing locally within Morocco, “0” should be dialed prior to the country code “212”