No, not if you're from the UK, the European Union, Canada or Australia. You can stay up to 90 days in Morocco. Persons visiting from South Africa, India or Israel a visa is required.
A hat, sunscreen and a t-shirt are essential. for clothes, wear what you feel comfortable in and bring swimming gear for the beach. You don't need to be covered up, Morocco is a very tolerant society though it's nice to be respectful in some of the more remote and traditional villages and medinas. And if you're coming in the winter months, warm clothes. Morocco doesn't get freezing very often but the winter can be chilly, especially at night. Bring a camera and insect repellant. And don't forget your passport and toothbrush! show more details ...
This is recommended for every journey to any country. Morocco has very good health care services, public and private, but insurance is a must in case of emergencies. See your local travel agent for details.
Most of the good hotels, more upmarket restaurants and tourist spots have modern, sit down, flush toilets, but many other toilets are of the hole-in-the-floor squat type as in most of the Mediterranean region. Be sure to take sanitizing soap and toilet paper as many places don't provide them. You will be expected to pay 1 or 2 Dirham for using some public toilets.
It may take a few days to get used to it, but, yes, Moroccan tap water is safe to drink. If you don't fancy the idea, bottled water is readily available and cheap and it's a wise idea to take water with you on trips as it is easy to dehydrate in the heat of the Moroccan sun. Most of the tour companies provide bottled drinking water in their buses and cars.
Shopping can be great fun in Morocco. It can also be a nightmare. There are quality, traditional products and fine souvenirs available at the many bazaars and souks (markets) across the country and there are bargains to be had, especially if you are prepared to haggle. But there are also unscrupulous guides and merchants who see dollar signs flashing at the approach of a tourist. Trust your Fes Authentic Tours Guide to steer you safely through this potential minefield. Or you can choose to do your own thing and enjoy the experience by yourself.
All Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, large shops and restaurants. In the souks (local markets), streets and smaller cafes only cash is accepted. But you can find cash machines (ATMs) everywhere easily enough and this is also a great way to change your money into Moroccan Dirham. But banks are happy to change your money and there are plenty of Bureau de Change to be found.
Yes, it can be a rewarding, spiritual and pleasant experience to visit during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Muslims will be fasting from dawn to dusk, so they don't eat, drink, smoke or engage in pleasurable physical activities. However, non-Muslims are not expected to follow this code and tourist spots, hotels and restaurants in tourist areas will be open as usual. It is recommended that one shows a little respect and don't openly smoke, eat or drink in public during daylight hours. The mornings tend to be a little quiet and some shops and all the non-tourist cafes will be closed all day, but the afternoons are busy and business as usual for most shops and the evenings can be a delight as the Moroccans flood the streets, there is a party atmosphere and evryone seems happy and friendly. Try a Ramadan evening meal, lots of sweet cakes and tea and the delicious harira spicy soup.
Activate the roaming service with your service provider and you will be covered throughout the country. Alternatively you can buy an inexpensive Moroccan phone chip for your device or rent a phone at the airport for the duration of your stay.
Morocco has excellent coverage, better than most in Africa, though some of the remote areas such as the Sahara or the middle of the Atlas Mountains may not be covered and getting a signal may be difficult. Wifi is available for free in most public places, hotels and restaurants and it is possible to purchase a usb stick, cheaply and by the hour, from local service providers such as Orange, Maroc Telecom or Inwi which will give you complete coverage during your stay.
The official languages of Morocco are Arabic, in particular the local Darija dialect, and Amazigh the language of the indigenous Berber people, but French is very widely spoken. In the tourist areas many people, especially the younger generation, will speak passable English and in the north, Spanish is common.
Nearly all Moroccans are Muslims, but Morocco is a very tolerant country and you will not have any problems whatever your religion.
The Moroccan system uses 220 V at 50 Hz and a two-pin plug system.
Morocco is very safe. Crimes against tourists are extremely rare and severely punished by Moroccan law. This is part of the reason Morocco is becoming such a popular tourist destination.
Morocco boasts one of the best road systems in Africa and new fast routes are constantly being built and added to, but travel through the mountains may be slow and a bit hair-raising at times. The coach system between cities is excellent, but it is advised to pre-book your tickets. The coaches are comfortable and air-conditioned. Trains are great in terms of speed and price and comfort if you go First Class, but trains only operate in the north and far west of the country.