What to Pack/Wear:
- Soft suitcases for storage on roof rack is suggested should vehicle be fully occupied
- Small backpacks are appropriate for overnight trekking into the desert
- Plastic sealable baggies for desert excursions help keep sand out
- Dress in layers, casual and comfortable. Short/long sleeve tee-shirts, shirts and blouses, trousers, long skirts. Please note Morocco is a Muslim country and modest type clothing is appropriate, avoid provocative clothing. Respect of local customs in this welcoming country is a courtesy that is appreciated. For example, access to Mosques and holy places is forbidden to non-Muslims
- Walking/hiking shoes, sandals, flip-flops, and sneakers:
- For trekking in valleys, low trekking shoes will be likely enough.
- For a desert trip to dunes, ensure your pockets can be easily shaken out as sand gets in there very quickly.
- Hat or scarf, sunglasses, and sunscreen for protection from the sun
- Towel, soap/hand sanitizer, Kleenex/tissue/toilet paper for desert excursions
- Personal Rx/prescription medication for entire duration of your trip should be carried with you as it may not be available at local pharmacies
- Personal over-the-counter medications could be brought such aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), topical antibiotic, Band-Aids, mosquito repellent, anti-diarrhea, antacid.
- Nudity in a popular Hammam (steam baths) is strictly forbidden for men, so be prepared to wear your underwear or a bathing suit. For women, you'll see some wearing underwear and some going naked.
- Bargaining in the souks is expected. It is not really possible to give an accurate indication of how much to start the bargaining at in relation to the initial asking price, but a general idea would be to aim for approximately 50% off.
- Some Moroccans (False Guides) that you meet on the streets have come up with dozens of ways to part you from your money. Keep your wits about you, but don't let your wariness stop you from accepting any offers of generous Moroccan hospitality. Put on a smile and greet everybody that greets you, but still be firm if you are not interested. This will leave you significantly better off than just ignoring them.
- Moroccan toilets, even those in hotels or restaurants, could lack toilet paper. It is worth buying a roll (french: "papier hygenique").
- Avoid dark alleys. Travel in a group whenever possible. Keep money and passports in a safety wallet or in a hotel safety deposit box. Keep backpacks and purses with you at all times. Make sure there is nothing important in outside or back pockets.
- Women especially will experience almost constant harassment if alone, but this is usually just cat-calls and (disturbingly) hisses. Don't feel the need to be polite--no Moroccan woman would put up with behaviour like that. Dark sunglasses make it easier to avoid eye contact. If someone won't leave you alone, look for families, a busy shop, or a local woman and don't be afraid to ask for help.
WI-FI service & Internet in Moroco:
WI-FI connection(wireless) is available in Morocco but mostly in major cities like Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Marrakesh..etc, you can find it in cafes but it is sometimes a bit difficult to find but you should ask locals about that, this kind of services are available mostly in McDonalds (they exist in Major cities only) , Cafes, Airports, Restaurants, some Hotels and sometimes in the street, sometimes it is protected by a password but other times it is free and people can get connected without any key, which - unfortunately - makes it an unsecured conection; hackers can spy your mail and your conversation or any auther data transfer :( .
Morocco has a 3G wireless mobile phone network for "internet anywhere". It works with either USB dongles (a mobile phone in a USB stick) or through a ordinary mobile phone:
- If you are staying for several months, the 3 telecompanies offer a wireless internet service Modem (USB Dongles) and free unlimited access to internet (one week to three months for free depends on the company and offer) costs €30, it is rechargable €1 / 24 hours starting from the time you use it; if you start at 22:00 it will expire/finish next day at 22:00.
- 3G wireless services is internet using mobile cellphone networks; if you have an Phone/Iphone and wanna use Internet on it you can for example buy an INWI SIM card and get a limited internet for €10 /month. the connection speed differs according to the stronght of the coverage; it is much faster in big cities and very slow in small towns, but it is OK for emails, but downloading something from the web may take ages.
you can access to Internet using Cybercafes/Cyberbars/Cyberclubs in Morocco; there are plenty of them in small towns and villages and major cities as well; the speed differs from a cyber to another; it is mostly faster in big cities (note; some places like Imilchil does not have Cybercafes at all), the price is usually 4 MAD/1 hour, 2 MAD/30 mins. most of Cybercafes has printers/scanners and the normal price is 1 to 2 MAD/ paper in black & white, and 3 to 5 MAD / paper with colours.
Phones & SIM cards in Morocco:
Morocco country code is 212 and there are 3 mobile operators in Morocco:
- Prepaid Card Name: Jawal or Mobisud
- Activation Fee/Credit included: MAD 30/10 - € 2.72/0.91
- Card Validity after activation: 6+6 months
- Prepaid offers: Click here!
- Prepaid Card Name: MédiJahiz
- Activation Fee/Credit included: MAD 100/50 - € 9.20/4.60
- Card Validity after activation: 6+6 months
- Prepaid offers: Click here!
- Prepaid Card Name: TIC TAC
- Activation Fee/Credit included: MAD 20/20 - € 1.81/1.81
- Card Validity after activation: 180 days
- Net Frequency: GSM 900/1800
- Logo, Net Code: inwi, 604
- Coverage Map: Click here!
- Prepaid offer: Click here!
The national rate is about 3-4 MAD /per minute, internationally is around 10 MAD / per minute, SMS is 1 MAD nationally and around 3 MAD to 10 MAD Internationally(depends on the country). The card is mostly valid 6 month after the last recharge.
Again, it varies a lot according to the operator and the different offers (check the links of the operators above).
3G wireless services is available in Morocco; if you have a Phone/Iphone and wanna use Internet on it you can for example buy an INWI SIM card and get a limited internet for €10 /month (without any contract). the connection speed differs according to the stronght of the coverage(check every opperator's website and access to the map of couverage to have an idea); it is much faster in big cities and very slow in small towns, but it is OK for emails, but downloading something from the web may take ages.
ATMs in Morocco:
There are more than 3,000 ATMs in Morocco accepting Visa, Cirrus, MasterCard, and Maestro belonging to 10 different banks.
The 10 banks apply more or less the same rates and commissions, and as always when you are in a foreign country, you'd better withdraw important amounts than small ones, since you always pay a minimum fee (2.50 USD I think). Depending on your bank at home, there may be a surcharge.
In some small towns though, there's no ATM at all. In these towns, you may still have a bank offering cash advance on foreign cards. It costs more than on an ATM.
Last thing: I don't know how it works elsewhere, but you'd better tell your bank that you plan to travel abroad. Some times, banks are "overcaring" and discard transactions coming from foreign countries, especially the third-world ones.
And a free tip :-) : if you stay long and don't like the idea of carrying cash all the time, you can still ask for a Visa prepaid card in Crédit du Maroc or Société Générale, they will issue it immediately and it's very convenient to use on all the ATMs and all the merchants, without any commission or fee, except if you withdraw from another bank ATM, the fee is 6.50 MAD = 0.56 EUR.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted at most ATMs for cash advances, but remember credit cards are not accepted at a lot of smaller shops. The maximum amount you can withdraw is usually 4000 dirhams which is around 370 Euro, 460 USD or 230 British pounds.
You can search for Visa locations here: Visa Search!
You can search for Mastercard here: Mastercard Search!
Dinners Club and American Express are hardly ever accepted. If you have American Express you can find agents at Schwartz Voyages offices!
Flying into Morocco:
I get a steady stream of emails from people wanting to know what airlines fly into Morocco. So, to make things easy for travellers, here is a list of carriers, including links to their websites. Remember to shop around as the prices for tickets varies considerably during the year.
Libyan Arab Airlines
Regional Airlines Maroc
Royal Air Maroc
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Syrian Arab Airlines