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Morocco Travel Notes

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ASA’s practical notes offer general information and are designed to assist in planning your travel. Information varies regularly and may have changed since this was published.

Climate

Spring, which comes late by European standards (between March and May), is perhaps the best overall time to visit, with a summer climate in the south and in the mountains, as well as on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.

While you are travelling in Spring you can expect the weather to be mainly warm to hot during the day, but it can be cold at night, particularly in the desert and mountain areas. Rainfalls can be expected in coastal areas.

We suggest that prior to departure you check the weather forecast for the most up-to-date information.
www.accuweather.com

Time Zones

Morocco is on Greenwich Mean Time +01:00 making them 11 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time. Effective 2018 Morocco is now permanently on daylight savings. 
www.worldtimeserver.com

What to Pack

Clothing (general)
The time of the year will dictate the type of clothing it is appropriate to bring. For daytime activities, we suggest a wardrobe that is lightweight, versatile, casual and comfortable. It is recommended that “layered” clothing might offer the best comfort in a variety of conditions. Always expect the weather to be changeable.

Beyond the normal wardrobe we suggest:

  • comfortable, supportive walking shoes (very important)
  • sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, neck scarf, insect repellent
  • folding umbrella for sun protection
  • swimwear, quick dry travel towel
  • ladies should have a scarf with them at all times in case it is required to cover shoulders or head when entering religious sites
  • prescription medicines for the full duration of your time away and a written copy of your prescriptions including what they are for, provided by your doctor
  • extra prescription eyeglasses (if required)
  • toilet paper in your day packs is recommended
  • wet wipes, gel sanitiser
  • torch, binoculars, small travel pillow/cushion
  • evenings can be cool in desert and mountain regions – warm jumper/ jacket or wrap recommended
  • spare batteries, power bank and charging cables for all devices and additional memory cards
Voltages and Plugs

Morocco uses 220 volts. Plugs are of the two-round-pronged European type.
www.korjo.com/Adaptor-Guide

Currency

To obtain the most up-to-date exchange rate you may wish to visit
www.xe.com/currencyconverter

The unit of currency in Morocco is the Dirham (DH). 1 Dirham is made up of 100 Centimes (c). Notes are in denominations of DH 200, 100, 50 and 10. Coins are in denominations of DH 5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes.

Credit Cards and ATM machines

ATMs (guichets automatiques) are the easiest way to access your money in Morocco and are common in even the of smallest towns. ATMs sometimes run dry on weekends.

Mastercard and Visa are the most commonly accepted credit cards. They often attract a surcharge of around 5% from Moroccan businesses. If you have questions about using your credit card in a foreign country, please contact your bank prior to departure from Australia.

Cash

Currency can be exchanged at banks, larger hotels and official bureaux de change (identified by a golden sign) only; changing money in the streets is illegal.  Visitors must keep the exchange receipt provided in order to exchange Moroccan currency back into the original national currency at departure.

Do not take large notes as vendors may find they are difficult to change.  try to obtain foreign currency notes in small denominations (eg. US $20, US $10, US $5 and even US $1 notes). Avoid purchasing old notes (request crisp, new notes!)

Telephone & Communication

Mobile telephones
Most mobile telephones work in Morocco. Check pricing with your provider and that your phone can switch on ‘Global Roaming’,  and has coverage in the places you are visiting.

Sim cards are available locally, please check with your provider prior to departure to make sure your phone is unlocked and will accept another sim card.

Internet

Internet access is widespread and available throughout Morocco. If you have Web access while traveling, you may wish to use one of the many communication apps (Eg: Skype or Whats App) to stay in touch with family.

Etiquette

No attempt should be made to photograph anything remotely connected with the armed forces, or in the vicinity of defence installations, which even includes radio transmission aerials.

Many people do not like being photographed. Always ask before photographing someone; they may try to obtain money from you.

Clothing (Churches, Mosques and Monasteries)

Although ‘foreigners’ do not have to adhere to strict Muslim dress rules, women should not display too much of your body. Arms and shoulders should be covered at all times, and skirts should be at least knee-length. Do not wear clothes that are figure hugging or clothes with a low-cut neckline. It is recommended that you bring a scarf to cover your hair when visiting Islamic site visits. Men, as for women, it is culturally insensitive to wear shorts and we request that you do not do so. Rural areas are more conservative.

It is important that your feet are fully covered and protected. Make sure that your shoes are stout, easy on your feet and have rubber soles. Sandals are not suitable as you will need to protect your feet from insects, uneven ground and sharp objects, animal refuse etc. Donkeys are prolific in Morocco!

Hygiene

In Morocco it is very common to find squat toilets, which are flushed with a bucket of water. Moroccan toilets almost always do not contain toilet paper and it is a necessity to carry toilet paper and/or hygiene wipes if you will be away from the hotel for an extended period of time.

We recommend bringing travelers’ gel for cleaning hands before eating.

A note on Mosques

Tourists may not enter mosques in Morocco unless they are Muslim.

Bargaining

Unless you are shopping at a fixed-price shop, you should bargain. Generally if someone quotes you a price, halve it. The seller will come down about halfway to your price, and the last price will be a little higher than half the original price. Try and keep a sense of perspective. Chances are you’re arguing over less than US$1.

Personal Safety
  • We strongly recommend the use of a money belt under your clothing to keep your cash, cards and travel documents safe. This is a precaution that should be taken anywhere.
  • Carry copies of all important documents (passport, credit cards, airline tickets, insurance) and leave another copy at home.
  • It is recommended to take a business card from your hotel in the local language. This will help if you get lost or need assistance.
  • You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Take extra care in crowded places and when using local transport. All valuables including cameras should be in your bag, and either under your coat or held in front of you. Men, try to avoid keeping your wallet in your back hip pocket.
  • It is not appropriate to drink the tap water in Morocco. It is however a necessity that you stay hydrated, and bottled water is provided while on tour. Make sure the bottle’s seal is not broken before drinking.
  • Under no circumstances eat raw vegetables or salads. This also applies to the parsley and mint garnishes often served with grilled meat.
  • Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, and fruit you peel yourself.
  • Avoid dairy products as milk is unpasteurised in some parts of Morocco and should be avoided. Don’t drink anything containing ice.
Useful websites

Moroccan National Tourist Office
www.visitmorocco.com/index.php/eng/

Australian Embassy in Morocco

28 Avenue S.A.R. Sidi Mohammed,
Souissi 10105 (BP 45), Rabat
Tel: + 212 5376 33333
www.morocco.embassy.gov.au

Smartraveller

The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website has advice for travellers.
www.smartraveller.gov.au