MOROCCO TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

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.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Morocco's borders are open only to returning Moroccan residents and citizens. Family members (defined as “first degree” relatives: children, spouse, parents) accompanying an eligible traveler may enter Morocco, but require a “livret de famille” (family register) to travel. Travelers needing this should contact their nearest Moroccan Consulate before traveling.Anyone entering Morocco must undergo COVID-19 testing within 48 hours of departure. They must show a PCR test AND an antibody test. These two tests will be required at boarding when traveling by air. Those who travel to Morocco by sea will have the choice between providing the results of their own tests when boarding OR undergoing testing on the ferry.Upon arriving in Morocco, the travelers will undergo a clinical examination: a temperature check and examination by a doctor. They will have to sign a statement on oath, and download the tracking app ‘Wiqaytna’. Anyone who presents symptoms of COVID-19 will be accommodated for 7 days in dedicated structures. All others will have to sign a declaration of voluntary isolation at home and to repeat a PCR test after 7 days, which must also prove to be negative.

 

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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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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.

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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.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

Morocco is home to Africa’s highest ski resort, with a ski season from December to March or April, depending on snowfall.

HIKE & CYCLE:

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:

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.

WIND:

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.

For more details on kite surfing in Morocco expand this section!

SURFING:

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.

 
 

HEALTH

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