Practical Information About Morocco
Practical Information about Morocco
Travel to Morocco is an unforgettable experience. Be in the know before you go with these helpful tips.
Do I need a visa to visit Morocco?
Each country has different visa requirements. It is important to check with your home country and the country you are visiting prior to travel. British visitors do not need a visa to enter Morocco. However, everyone should have a passport that is valid for up to six months after your stay. For up to date visa information see UK’s travel advice page.
Where do I Arrive When Visiting Morocco?
There are many different cities in Morocco with international airports. Casablanca, Marrakesh and Agadir all have flights from Heathrow. Marrakesh is likely where you will fly in when arriving to Morocco as it’s the closest airport to our treks.
Will I Be Able to Contact Home While I Am Away?
Moroccan time is GMT/UTC +0 hours. Morocco’s country code is +212. For making calls back home, international rates can be quite expensive, be sure to check with your local carrier prior to visiting Morocco. Consider downloading WhatsApp, a free internet-based texting and calling service to keep in touch with loved ones. Wi-Fi is available in most hotels and cafes in major cities. Along trekking routes, some locations may have WiFi but connection speeds tend to be slow.
Cellular service is reliable throughout most of Morocco. However, keep in mind that you are still traveling through remote areas. Service is not always working or reliable. Since you will be traveling in remote areas, we cannot guarantee cellular services or internet. Expect to be un-plugged for the majority of the journey.
What Vaccinations Do I need?
We heavily advise that you schedule an appointment with your doctor, or a travel-specific doctor prior to coming to Morocco to discuss your health needs. Depending on where you are traveling and where you have traveled prior to arriving in Morocco may affect what kind of vaccinations you may need.
Do plan on bringing any prescriptions you may require during your stay. Medication does exist in Morocco, but the quality and type may not be something you are used to. We suggest you bring any over the counter medications from home that you use on an regular basis.
What is the Quality of Medical Facilities in Morocco?
Morocco has a two-tiered healthcare system with private and public clinics. The private clinics are much better than the public ones. If there is an extreme illness or injury, medical evacuation to a nearby country or your home country may be required.
Although we do not anticipate any troubles while you are in Morocco, accidents do happen. Here at Adventure Alternative we take care of you in the event of an emergency and help get you to proper care. However, we strongly urge you to carry traveler’s insurance that covers you for the activity you are doing. Be sure the plan includes the altitude in which you will be traveling at.
Will I have Access to an ATM in Morocco?
The official currency of Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham. Current exchange rates can be found here. You can exchange USD, GBP, and Euros in Morocco, but the bills must be crisp and free of any tears or ink marks.
ATMs are available throughout most of Morocco. ATMs typically only dispense 100 and 200 dirham notes. Change for small items is hard to come by. Limits vary by bank, and typically your home bank will likely over-ride any withdrawal limits at an ATM.
Reliability of ATMs is improving, but do not rely on them all the time. Certainly, be sure to keep cash on hand, especially when traveling in rural areas. Credit cards are taken in more posh establishments, however there is usually a service fee applied to them, so it’s best to use cash.
What Can I expect from Toilet Facilities?
Western style, sit toilets are common in hotels in major cities. Toilets in major cities flush. The story in more rural areas is quite different. Morocco is a country where water is scarce. Outside of major cities toilets are usually squat type toilets. Long-drop pit toilets are not uncommon. Another common type of toilet are the bucket flush types. You have to flush by pouring buckets of water down the toilet.
Please do not dispose of any paper products in a bucket flush toilet. Instead, use the dustbin provided. Always remember to use hand sanitizer after using a toilet. Do take care to watch where you step when using public restrooms.
We advise to always bring toilet paper for your trek. For ladies, utilizing a wee-rag or “Shewee” device helps when you need to wee. A wee-rag is a small bandana or cloth that you use when you go number one. Simply wipe when you are finished and attach the rag to your pack to dry and disinfect when you are finished. A “Shewee” is a device that enables females to wee standing up, certainly handy along the trail. For feminine hygiene products consider investing in a moon or diva cup. A menstruation cup is reusable, after being cleaned per manufacturer instructions. This helps eliminate the need of hygiene product waste, making life on the trail a much simpler experience.
What is the Water Quality in Morocco?
You should always treat any tap or well water in Morocco. Purification can be done using one of several methods. A SteriPen is a good option, however be sure to bring plenty of extra batteries. You can also bring iodine and chlorine tablets to purify your water. Another option is to use a backcountry or wild camping water filter. Whichever method you choose it is important to also bring a backup method as well. Some hotels may offer guests free filtered water for use.
The water out of the tap throughout Morocco is unfit to drink, brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, etc. It will need to be purified using one of the methods described above. The same rules apply along the trek.
We do not promote the use of disposable plastic water bottles in Morocco. Unfortunately, there is no way properly recycle bottles in Morocco. Since you are in a desert environment and will likely be drinking large quantities of water, we recommend that you bring a method to purify your water.