According to thereligionfaqs, Morocco (French: Maroc, Arabic: المغرب ) is a country in Africa, located on the Strait of Gibraltar opposite European Gibraltar. Morocco borders Algeria, Western Sahara and the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Morocco has been independent from France since 1956. The capital of Morocco is Rabat. A number of major cities in Morocco are: Casablanca, Fès (Fez), Marrakech (Marrakesh), Agadir, Oujda, Nador, Essaouira and Tangier.
Morocco is increasingly on the map as a tourist destination. The country offers approximately 300 days of sunshine a year and has both seaside resorts and cultural cities and a wide variety of natural beauty. The coastline consists of beautiful white beaches where you can practice water sports, such as diving. Inland there are several mountain areas where you can go hiking and climbing. The highest point in the country is 4156 meters high. Most of Morocco is covered by desert plains where there is hardly any life. In the winter months, the mountains of Morocco are ideal for winter sports. Morocco is also known for the many markets that the country has. See insidewatch for Morocco destinations.
Where is Morocco?
Travel information of Morocco
Official name: Kingdom of Morocco
Area: 446,550 km²
Country code: MA, MAR
Population: 35,561,654 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy
Highest point: 4,165 m (Toubkal)
Distance (Amsterdam – Rabat): 2,242 km
Flight time: approximately 4 hours
Current status: All (non-essential) travel to certain areas in Morocco is discouraged.
Current color code: Yellow, orange and red.
Due to this status, a partially negative travel advice is in effect for Morocco.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Morocco that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Morocco, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Morocco. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Morocco?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Morocco at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Morocco has both a desert climate and a Mediterranean climate. In the summer months the temperatures are around 30 to 40 degrees and in the winter months around 20 degrees. In the higher areas, temperatures can drop to -15 degrees in the winter months.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Morocco can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Morocco can be found at Climate info.
April, May, August and September are the best months to travel to Morocco. This avoids the mild winter period and the hot summer period.
Arabic and Berber are both an official language in Morocco. In addition, a lot of French and Spanish are spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Arabic for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Morocco.
An identity card is sufficient for organized group travel.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Morocco for less than 3 months.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Morocco: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulates in Morocco: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Moroccan Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Moroccan consulates in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Morocco, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency
In Morocco, payment is made with the Moroccan dirham (MAD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Morocco can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Morocco are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -51% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (70% cheaper), food (43% cheaper), imported beer in catering (19% cheaper), cigarettes (51% cheaper) and public transport (83% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Morocco it is customary to give a tip of approximately 10%.
During our summer time it is 1 hour earlier in Morocco.
During our winter time there is no time difference.
Morocco has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date, time zone and exceptions for Morocco can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
You must drive on the right in Morocco.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Morocco.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Morocco.
In Morocco you can use a Dutch flat plug.
A round plug must have a recess for the grounding pin present in the socket. You need a travel plug if your plug does not have such a recess.
More information about electricity in Morocco can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 190
– Fire: 150
– Ambulance: 150
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Morocco can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Morocco can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Morocco end in.ma.
Official websites of Morocco: maroc.ma and visitmorocco.com.
The country code (international access number) to call someone in Morocco is 00212 or +212.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Morocco? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Morocco Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Morocco.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Morocco.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Morocco.
Morocco’s national holiday falls on July 30.
An overview of all other holidays in Morocco can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Morocco, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Morocco?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Morocco. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Morocco can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Morocco can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Morocco? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, perfume and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in or to do business with Morocco, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Morocco, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Morocco.
– Alcohol: Buy from the age of 16, drink at all ages.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Prison sentence up to 10 years.
Did you know that…
…Morocco belongs to the so-called Maghreb countries?
…The Name Morocco comes from the Spanish word ‘Marruecos’?
…Education in Morocco is free and compulsory until the age of sixteen?
…Morocco was under French rule between 1934 and 1956?
…Tea is the most consumed drink in Morocco?
… One can also go for a winter sports holiday in Morocco?