1. Introduction :
This factsheet is intended to give a useful overview of Morocco and is aimed at first-time visitors. We suggest that you read this “briefing dossier” before your trip as you will find some supplementary information not found in the individual trip dossiers.
Passport and Visa Information :
At time of writing, British, American, Canadian, Australian, and Irish nationals do not require a visa to travel to Morocco, just a valid passport. Be advised that if your date of exit from Morocco is less than six months before the expiry of your passport you may be refused entry into the country. Similar rules apply to most E.C. countries, but please check with the relevant Consulate well in advance of your holiday as it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct documentation to enter the country. On arrival in Morocco, you will have to submit a visitor’s card which you will have been given to fill in on the plane and this will entitle you to stay in Morocco for up to 90 days.
The currency in Morocco is the Dirham, a currency not available outside Morocco. In major cities there are plenty of foreign exchange facilities and cash points accepting MasterCard, Visa, Maestro and Cirrus. Most city restaurants accept payment by credit card. Although accommodation and most of your meals are included in each trip, you will need some spending money for meals that are not included, bar bills, tips and souvenirs. Please refer to specific trip dossiers for suggestions on how much money to take.
Health and Vaccinations :
It is important that you have both a dental and medical check-up before the holiday. There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Morocco when travelling from the UK or elsewhere, although we recommend inoculations against tetanus, hepatitis can be obtained from your local doctor or medical centre. They will be able to notify any changes to these recommendations and confirm which you need to update. Allow at least 1 month to get these vaccinations before you travel. On all our trips each guide is a qualified First-Aider and a comprehensive medical kit is carried at all times. If you require specific medication then we strongly advise you obtain these prior to departure.
The official language of Morocco is Arabic, although French is widely spoken, particularly in large cities. Some English is spoken at hotels, restaurants and shops but it is useful to have a sprinkling of French to improve your enjoyment of your trip. In mountain areas various dialects of Berber are spoken, and in more remote villages not even Arabic is spoken, let alone French or English