MOROCCO TRAVEL GUIDE
INTRODUCTION TO MOROCCO
Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s medina, a mazelike medieval quarter, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks (marketplaces) selling ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water.
The very mention of the name ‘Morocco’ is enough to fire up the imagination about all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all places exotic and exciting. Morocco has held a fascination for travellers since the days when the olive-skinned hordes of Berber merchants decided to make this country on the northern African coast their home for all time to come.
Morocco is a beautiful and diverse country that has something for every traveller – amazing natural beauty, flora and fauna; a colourful history and present; exquisite craftsmanship in its mosques and madrasas; vibrant cities; intriguing folk festivals and traditions; and an ever-ready smile for visitors.
MOROCCO COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS
Morocco's borders are open only to returning Moroccan residents and citizens (tourists, students or residents stranded abroad), foreign nationals who are visa exempt if they have a hotel reservation confirmation or an invitation from a Moroccan company. travellers must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to travel and completed a passenger health form online. Entry restrictions: Flights to Morocco are suspended. Morocco's borders are open only to returning Moroccan residents and citizens (tourists, students or residents stranded abroad), foreign nationals who are visa exempt if they have a hotel reservation confirmation or an invitation from a Moroccan company. Check countries exempt from visa entry here. Foreign nationals conducting official government business or those with an invitation from a Moroccan company can enter the country, if they can present a copy of their invitation letter. This letter must be sealed by the company and signed by a manager with all the relevant information concerning the traveler included (passport number, purpose of visit, accommodation details). Entry requirements: travellers must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to travel. travellers under the age of 11 are exempt from the test. travellers must complete a passenger health form online at www. onda. ma/form. php, then print and sign the form, to be presented on arrival in MoroccoThere are currently 45,375 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Morocco and 5,739 deaths as of Nov 29 2020 http://www. maroc. ma/en/news/morocco-suspends-all-international-passenger-flights-its-territoryhttps://ma. usembassy. gov/25161/https://www. gov. uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements
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MOROCCO QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Rabat
- Currency: Moroccan dirham (د.م MAD)
- Area: 446,550 km²
- Population: 36,03 million (2018)
- Language: Arabic and Tamazight (official), French and Spanish are often the languages of business
- Religion: Muslim 98.5%, Christian 1.3%, Jewish 0.2%
- Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (European plug)
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MOROCCO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 11 January, Independence Manifesto Day
- 1 May, Labour Day
- 23 May, National Day
- 9 July, Youth Day (Aid Chebab)
- 30 July, Feast of the Throne
- 14 August, Reunification Day
- 20 August, Revolution of the King and the People
- 21 August, King Muhammad’s Birthday
- 6 November, Anniversary of the Green March
- 18 November, Independence Day
Business openings and work schedules may be significantly affected by Islamic holidays and festivals.
MOROCCO WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Morocco has a diverse climate in accordance with its varied geography, ranging from desert conditions to alpine conditions in the highlands. The interior of the country experiences seasonal temperature variations, with average temperatures of 25-30°C in the summer and less than 15°C in the winter. Temperatures in the coastal regions range between 22-25°C in the summer (July-September) and 10-12°C in the winter (January-March). The wet season lasts between November and March, affecting only northern Morocco. Morocco also experiences the sharqi (chergui) winds, which are hot, dusty winds from the Sahara.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
SNOW SPORT IN MOROCCO
Morocco is home to Africa’s highest ski resort, with a ski season from December to March or April, depending on snowfall.
HIKING & CYCLING IN MOROCCO
You can enjoy outdoor activities in Morocco throughout the year. June to September can get extremely hot and December to February can get a little chilly!
BEACH OPTIONS IN MOROCCO
Morocco has some beautiful beaches, and you can find suitable beach weather all year round. The best beach weather is from May to September, but you can just head South, to places like Dahkla, during the winter months.
SURFING IN MOROCCO
Morocco has some great surf. The peak season is from September to April. From December to March, powerful waves hit the coast, suitable for more experienced surfers.
KITESURF IN MOROCCO
The wind blows in Morocco all year round, allowing you to wind or kitesurf any time. The most consistent winds for kitesurfing is from April to September. Conditions are suitable for both beginner and advanced riders. The waves are biggest from October to December, while you'll find smaller swells from June to August.
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