Country Information for Morocco
Morocco has a varied climate, from the snow-capped High Atlas mountains to the dry heat of the Sahara desert. Generally the daytime temperatures in Morocco are hot, although in the desert the night-time temperature plunges to around freezing. In the High Atlas mountains the weather is cooler. In both desert and mountains the weather can be very changeable, and a variety of layered clothing is advised.
Morocco is on the same time zone or one hour behind the UK, depending on the time of year.
Morocco uses the dirham (MAD). You’re not allowed to bring in or take dirham out of the country – keep receipts for any money exchanged or withdrawn as you’ll need them to exchange leftover currency for sterling on departure. ATMs are common and credit cards are widely accepted, although travellers cheques can be difficult to change.
Visas are not required by UK passport holders, and a 90 day stay is granted on arrival – to be on the safe side, visitors should have a passport with at least six months validity remaining, plus plenty of spare pages.
You should contact your GP around 8 weeks prior to travel to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventative measures. The Foreign Commonwealth Office and NHS Fit For Travelwebsites also carry up-to-date medical information.
Travel insurance which covers you for any included activity can be provided. Please refer to your quote letter for the current costs. If you choose not to include insurance in your trip, please ensure that you arrange suitable alternative cover. It is highly recommended that you take out insurance when you confirm your trip as cover will begin immdeiately and could protect against any unexpected drop-outs.
All group members should remain with the guide at all times, as it can be very easy to get lost in unfamiliar environments. You should also take care to stay hydrated.
Moroccan Arabic is the official language. It is different from other forms of Arabic, though if you speak any Arabic you should be able to make yourself understood. French is also widely spoken throughout Morocco.
Local Culture & Customs
Morocco is an Islamic country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure they don’t offend, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or at religious areas. Certain sites may forbid entry to those inappropriately dressed, including uncovered legs or shoulders. Women particularly should ensure they dress modestly at all times.
Bargaining is common in the souks and stalls, and many tourists enjoy the experience. However, it can be daunting at first so try treating it as some friendly fun – never pay the first price offered and always remember, you don’t have to buy!
Tipping is an integral part of Moroccan life, and having a few dirham handy can help make life easier. Whilst your tour price includes tips throughout, you might consider leaving tips when you come into contact with locals e.g. in the souks, eating out, using local guides in Marrakech. Your tour guide can advise further.
The emergency services contact number in Morocco is 190