Travellers Tips

Entry Formalities

Q. What travel documents do I need to enter Morocco as a tourist?

A. A valid return or onward airline ticket and a passport. Your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date of entry into Morocco. There are no visa requirements for British citizens.

Q. Do I have to pay custom duty on the items I bring with me?

A. All items of a personal nature are exempt from duty.

Currency

Q. Do I bring cash or traveller's cheques? Which currency is best, and can I use credit cards?

A. The Moroccan currency is the Dirham, Often abbreviated as DH. One pound is worth about 12 or 13 Dh.

Morocco has an exchange control and you are not allowed to import or export the Moroccan Dirhams. Foreign currency may be exchanged at the Bureau de change at the airport, at a bank or at your hotel. Always keep the exchange receipts as it will be required when converting the dirham back to Sterling when leaving Morocco. The rule of thumb is to exchange enough Dirhams for a day or so and keep the rest together with the travel documents and other valuables in a safety deposit box at your hotel.
The majority of the hotels exchange money at the same rate as banks and do not charge a commission.

All reputable hotels and shops will accept all major credit cards. Visa, Master Card and American express. Some shops in the market will accept payment by card when paying for goods such as carpets, leather or major items. Visa and master cards can also be used in ATM's (found only in main cities) and some hotels and restaurants.

Travellers cheques are very difficult to change in Morocco.

Transportation

Q. What would be the best way for an independent traveller to get from the airport to town?

A. The easiest, hassle-free way is to ask your travel agent to arrange for a local tour operator to meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel. Some major hotels also provide a "meet & greet" service for their guests, but you must book in advance. Alternatively you can take a taxi.

Q. I have heard that the food and water in Morocco can make me sick. Is this true?

A. It is highly recommended that you drink only bottled/mineral water, hot beverages (such as coffee or tea), canned or bottled carbonated beverages, and beer. Ice is made with tap water and should be avoided. Make sure that all fruit juices are freshly squeezed and not mixed with non-mineral water. Moroccan food is delicious but try and avoid road-side food stalls, and remember that it is not what you eat, but how you eat, that will cause you to be sick.

 

Fashion

Q. I don't want to offend the locals. Are there any special dress code or guidelines I should follow?

A. Morocco is predominantly Muslim and therefore a slightly conservative dress code is observed. This rule does not apply as strictly to visitors, but certain decorum is expected, especially when visiting religious sites (mosques, churches and monasteries).

Tipping

Q. How much do I tip?

A. Like everywhere in the world, tipping is customary and Morocco is no exception. Keep small money ready to give to those whom you consider deserving (a couple of dirham is considered the minimum tip). Charity is something else, and you will see many who will touch your heart, give as you feel, a little goes a long way in Morocco. At hotels and restaurants, international tipping standards apply.

Ramadan

Q. I heard that every thing is closed during the month of Ramadan

A. Ramadan hardly affects tourists to Morocco. The only changes you will notice are that the offices and Banks change slightly their opening hours and some shops close early to allow staff to get home and eat their meal at sunset. Otherwise, shops and sights of interest remain open as normal. Food and drinks are available through the day in hotels and tourist restaurants. As a matter of respect you should not walk in the street eating and drinking.

At the end of Ramadan there is Eid, a three day celebration. During these holiday it is likely that some (shops and Souks but not restaurants) will be closed and other services may be disrupted. Ramadan dates Change slightly every calendar year. For 2009 Ramadan will start on 22nd August and Ends on 21st September. For 2010 Ramadan will start on 12th August and Ends on 10th September.

Climate and Weather

Q. How hot does it get, and what are the best months to visit?

A. The weather is generally sunny all year round, with pleasant warm summers and mild winters. The hottest months of the year are July, August and September, but there is little humidity so temperatures are generally bearable. Winter can bring some spells of changeable weather but generally remain mild, though winter nights can be cold.

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