Morocco Travel Information

Morocco Travel Information
Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Casablanca

8 Boulevard Moulay Youssef,
Casablanca, Morocco

Telephone: +(212) (522) 642-099

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(212)(661) 13-19-39

Fax: +(212) (522) 29-77-01

U.S. Embassy Rabat

KM 5.7, Avenue Mohammed VI
Souissi, Rabat
10170, Morocco

Telephone: +(212)(537) 63-72-00

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(212)(661)13-19-39

Fax: +(212)(537) 63-72-01

Destination Description

Read the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Morocco for information on U.S. – Morocco relations.

Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements

Passports and Visas:

  • You must have a valid passport with at least one blank page.
  • Visas are not required for visits lasting less than 90 days.  Visit the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco website for the most current visa information.
  • If you remain in Morocco beyond 90 days without having requested an extension of stay, you will need to appear before a judge prior to departing Morocco.  Please contact the immigration office at your local police station for details.  Clearance may include the payment of a fine.
  • Travelers who plan to reside in Morocco must obtain a residence permit from immigration authorities (Service Etranger) at the central police station of the district of residence.
  • Carry a copy of your U.S. passport with you at all times to have  proof of identity and U.S. citizenship readily available, if needed.
  • Children who possess U.S. passports and who are born to a Moroccan father may experience difficulty leaving Morocco without the father’s permission, even if the parents are divorced and the mother has legal custody.  Under Moroccan law, these children are considered Moroccan citizens.
  • U.S. citizen women married to Moroccans do not need their spouse’s permission to leave Morocco.

HIV/AIDS:  The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Morocco.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction, and customs regulations on our websites.

Health

Adequate medical care is available in Morocco’s largest cities, particularly in Rabat and Casablanca, although not all facilities meet Western standards.

  • Emergency and specialized care outside the major cities is far below U.S. standards and may not be available at all.
  • Most medical staff will have limited or no English-speaking ability.
  • Most ordinary prescription and over-the-counter medicines are widely available.
  • Specialized prescriptions may be difficult to fill and availability of all medicines in rural areas is unreliable.
  • Travelers should not ask friends or relatives to send medications through the mail, FedEx, or UPS since Moroccan customs will impound the delivery and not release it to the recipient.
  • Travelers planning to drive in the mountains and other remote areas may wish to carry a medical kit and a Moroccan phone card for emergencies.

In the event of vehicle accidents involving injuries, immediate ambulance service is usually not available.  The police emergency services telephone number is “190” (see Traffic Safety and Road Conditions section below).

The U.S. Mission in Morocco is unable to pay your medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.  You may also be required to pay a deposit before being admitted for treatment.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Morocco Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure the medication is legal in Morocco.  Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

 

Travel & Transportation

Traffic Fines:  Confiscation of a driver’s license is possible if a violator is unable or unwilling to settle a fine at the time of a traffic stop.If you are stopped for a speeding violation, you have the right to request the video footage documenting the infraction.  Once the speeding violation is confirmed, you have three options:

  • Pay the fine on the spot and obtain a receipt of payment;
  • Pay at the local city’s treasury (La Perception).  The police/gendarme officer will issue you a ‘ticket’ indicating the amount of the fine and keep your driver’s license until you pay the fine.
  • Should you wish to contest a violation, you may file a complaint at court; however, Moroccan authorities may keep your driver’s license and vehicle registration while this lengthy process takes place.

Foreign driver’s licenses are valid for use in Morocco for up to one year.  After that, foreign residents must pass the Moroccan driver’s test and obtain a Moroccan driver’s license.

Public Transportation:  While public buses and taxis are inexpensive, driving habits are poor, and buses are frequently overcrowded.  The train system has a good safety record.  Trains, while sometimes crowded, are comfortable and generally on time.

See our Road Safety page for more information.  Visit Morocco’s National Tourism website for additional information.

Aviation Safety Oversight:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Morocco’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Morocco’s air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Casablanca

8, Bd Moulay Youssef
Casablanca, Morocco

UK Foreign travel advice Morocco

Entry requirements

Visas

British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months.

When entering the country, make sure your passport is stamped. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

Before travelling, make sure your passport isn’t damaged. Some travellers have been refused entry when travelling on damaged passports.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry to, airside transit, and exit from, Morocco.

Medication

Moroccan Customs don’t have a list of prohibited products, but they do advise anyone travelling with prescription medication to make sure they have a copy of the doctor’s prescription which covers the medication and quantity carried.

Arriving by private boat

If you’re arriving by private boat, you must enter the country at a recognised port of entry. Entry through other ports will be considered illegal.

Money

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. You won’t be able to change Scottish bank notes and it‘s very difficult to exchange travellers’ cheques.

The Moroccan Dirham (MAD) is non-convertible. You can import or export up to a maximum of 1,000 MAD to or from Morocco.