Morocco Travel Information
Visas, Health and Safety, Weather, When to Go, Top Attractions
Most nationalities including those from the US, Canada and the UK do not need a visa to enter Morocco as a tourist. If your nationality is not on the following list, then you should contact a Moroccan Embassy and apply for a visa.
You do not need a tourist visa if you belong to one of the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Congo (Rep. of), Cote d’Ivoire, Denmark, European Union, Finland, Guinea, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Korea (Rep. of), Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Venezuela.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after you enter Morocco. You will get a stamp in your passport upon entry into the country (make sure you get it) which will allow you to stay for 90 days. No entry fees are charged.
Health and Safety
As with most destinations in Africa you have to careful about what you drink and eat in order to avoid stomach upsets. Buying food from street vendors carries some degree of risk and tap water should not be drunk. There is plenty of bottled water available throughout the country. Luckily Morocco is basically malaria-free. There are a few areas near the border with Mauritania that can harbor malaria but it’s an unlikely destination even for the hardiest of travelers.
No vaccinations are required by law to enter Morocco but Typhoid and Hepatitis A are two vaccinations that are strongly recommended. It is also a good idea to be up to date with your polio and tetanus vaccines.
Morocco is an Islamic country so be modest in what you wear. No short skirts, shorts or tank tops. Wear a bikini or swimsuit only at a pool or on a beach. You’ll attract attention regardless what you wear, just ignore it and move on, most of it is harmless. More information on women traveling alone in Africa.
Weather, When to Go to Morocco
As with many destinations the weather usually determines the best time to travel to Morocco. It’s hot and sunny for most of the year in Morocco. During the peak summer months it gets uncomfortably hot especially in Marrakech, Fes and southwest Morocco, towards the desert. Casablanca, Rabat and Essaouira are a bit more comfortable in the peak of summer because they benefit from a cooler ocean breeze. During the winter months, from November to March, it can get quite cold and rainy especially in the Atlas mountains.
The peak tourist season in Morocco is July and August. If you want to avoid the crowds and the heat, travel before or after this time. If you are traveling during these months then be sure to make some of your hotel bookings in advance especially along the coasts.
Morocco is one of Africa’s most popular destinations and with good reason. Marrakesh, Casablanca, Tangier, Fes, the Atlas Mountains, the list is long on romance, culture, and history. Bazaars, medinas, riads, bubbly pipes and yes, excellent beaches make Morocco a wonderful starting point for an African adventure.
Morocco’s top destinations for tourists. The best places to visit in Morocco include the imperial cities of Marrakech, Fes and Meknes. Morocco is also famous for its beaches and some the best seaside towns are represented by Essaouira, Tangier and Asilah. Natural wonders of Morocco include the Atlas Mountains the Sahara desert and the Dades Valley.
(1) Marrakech (2) Fez (3) Essaouira (4) Chefchaouen (5) Merzouga (6) Jebel Toubkal (7) Meknes (8) Dades Valley (9) Tangier (10) Asilah
Best things to do in Morocco
1) Visit the Tanneries in Fes
2) Stroll through the Blue Street of Chefchaouen
3) Learn to cook traditional Moroccan food
4) Steam in a traditional Hammam
5) Have dinner at the Djemma el Fna
6) Overnight in the Sahara Desert
7) Surf in Morocco
8) Find peace in the Majorelle Gardens
9) Trek the High Atlas
10) Stay in a Riad
11) Ski in Morocco
12) Visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca