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Welcome to Morocco

Morocco

Capital: Rabat

Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)

Dialling Code: +212

Driving Side: Right

Time Zone: WET (UTC+0)/DST (UTC+1)

Religion: Sunni Islam

Languages: Arabic, Berber

Largest City: Casablanca

Population: 33.3 million (2015).

Located on the coastline on both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Kingdom of Morocco is one of the most visited countries in Africa and within an hour from Europe. It is a surprising country, rich by its tumultuous history, its breathtaking landscapes with its immense desert areas; its artistic, architectural, linguistic and culinary treasures.

The North African country borders Western Sahara to the south, Algeria to the east and the Spanish North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the Mediterranean coast in the north. It also sits just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Gibraltar.

Tourism is one of the most important sectors of the Moroccan economy and Rabat is the capital city. Casablanca, its largest city, is also its main port. Other cities include Agadir, Essaouira, Fes, Marrakesh, Meknes, Mohammedia, Oujda, Ouarzazat, Safi, Salé, Tangier and Tétouan.

Whether you’re a culture vulture or a nature enthusiast, Morocco has something for you.

 

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Morocco is a merger of both African and Arab worlds, with a bit of Spanish influence. It's also an adventure into some of North Africa's most stunning scenery with the desert on its doorstep and the craggy heights of the Atlas Mountains beyond. Major attractions include - Marrakesh Medina, Hassan II Mosque, Oudaias Kasbah, Fes el Bali, Tangier, Chefchaouen, Dades Valley, Essaouira and Erg Chebbi.

 

Djemaa El Fna

Djemaa el Fna is the hub of life in Marrakech. You can witness locals and tourists alike flock here to watch the daily spectacle unfold. As night falls, the vast arena comes becomes a thronging, open-air stage filled with acrobats, storytellers, snake-charmers and musicians, all perfumed with the smoke from a hundred food stalls. Unchanged for centuries this is surely one of the world’s ‘must see’ cultural wonders.

Merja Zerga National Park

Famous among for being spectacular place for birdwatching, many twitchers come here to see the array of birdlife. Ask a local guide to take you out on the Blue Lagoon – a shallow salt lake that attracts vast flocks of migrant wildfowl, waders and flamingos. December and January are the best months for bird watching.

Atlas Mountains

If you are not afraid of heights, explore the spectacular Atlas Mountains and challenge yourself with a trek to the summit of its highest peak, Jebel Toubkal, standing at 4, 167m (13, 667 ft). As your breath returns you’ll be rewarded by breathtaking views. The trip can be made in a day, but most trekkers take a leisurely three.

 

 

Climate

Morocco’s climate is very diverse, varying with the season and region. In general the country has a tropical climate, with temperatures reaching as high as 35°C (95°F) and as low as 5°C (41°F) in the Sahara. The coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by southwest trade winds whilst inland areas have a hotter, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night, especially in the months of December and January.

Communications

The dialing code is +212. For internet users, access is unrestricted and is widely available in business centres, hotels and in internet cafés.

Electricity

The voltage in Morocco is generally 220 V, and outlets will fit the 'two-pin plug known as the Europlug. They are included in most international plug adapter kits. Watch out for American and Canadian appliances, which are made to be used with 110V. That means that even with an adapter, plugging them into a 220V socket may damage them.

If your appliance is "dual-voltage", it should be fine (it's designed for both 110 and 220V). If not, you'll need a power converter as well as an adapter.

Getting Around

Getting around this compact country is pretty straightforward, thanks to a far-reaching network of public transport. Rail, bus, and collective -- or grands -- taxis pretty much cover most of the country, with larger transit-vans and Berber trucks covering the more inaccessible areas. However, although the coverage may be good, it always pays to have a bit of "Moroccan time" up your sleeve, as delays can sometimes occur on public transport.

Language

Morocco's official languages are Arabic and Berber (Tarifit, Tashelhit and Central Atlas Tamazight). French is widely used in governmental institutions, media, and companies; however, Spanish is also spoken by some Moroccans.

Money

The official currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham which is denoted with MAD. It is also the official currency used in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Bank Notes are issued in 20, 50, 100 & 200 dirhams while coins are issued in 1, 5, 10 & 20 santimat, ½, 1, 2, 5 & 10 dirhams. Most major credit cards are accepted in the larger towns. ATMs are widely available in cities and most of the main towns. There is no limit on the amount of cash you can bring in to the country

Passport Visa

MOROCCO VISA REQUIREMENTS
1. Three identical passport sizes (on white background).
3. A valid passport (valid for at least for 6 months)
4. Self introduction letter (Stating your home address, purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates)
5. Introduction letter from an employer signed and stamped with contact details.( Stating the purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates)
6. Employer's I.D. Card.
7. Pay slip for 6 months of employee.
8. Certificate of Incorporation for Business Owner and Taxes paid.
9. Copy of other valid visas obtained.
10. Copy of financial status (6 months bank statement, All pages signed and stamped).
11. Reference letter from the bank
12. Travel Insurance.
13. Consent letter from either the wife or husband
14 Marriage certificate
 
Processing time: 5 -10 working days.
 

Safety

Violent crime is very uncommon in Morocco, although pickpocketing happens frequently. Keeping a tight grip on your valuables in crowded places is highly recommended, and never leave valuables in your hotel room. Travelers should also avoid walking alone at night through cities. Female travelers are advised to cover their shoulders and legs in public areas.

Tipping

There is no "rule of thumb" per se regarding tipping in Morocco. Moroccans themselves might only leave a few dirhams on a 150 dirhams dinner bill. At many of the upmarket restaurants in the tourist areas they will add 10% to the bill, therefore check your bill.

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