Read on for more information about preparing for your holiday to Morocco. Information about getting there, entry requirements, money and vaccinations should answer many of questions. If you have any other queries about travel to Morocco, then please don't hesitate to contact us .Before your trip, we strongly recommend that you check the latest travel advice to your destination. For visitors to Morocco from the UK, we suggest the Foreign Office Website.
.Marrakech has several international airports serviced by direct flights from the UK. Most tourist passengers fly to Marakech, although there are also airports in Casablanca, Fes & Agadir.
The international airport at Marrakech (RAK) is serviced by several airlines flying direct from the UK. The airport is about six kilometres outside the city centre and you can catch a taxi into the medina, or arrange a transfer through you riad.
If you are planning on visiting Fes before or after your trip, there is an excellent train service linking the two cities. Your tour guide can help you buy tickets at the station.
If you are planning to visit Essaouira, there are regular buses between the two cities - it takes about three hours and costs around £10
British nationals do not require entry visas to Morocco for the purpose of tourism, for visits of up to three months. You must hold a valid passport to enter Morocco and it must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Morocco. When entering the country, particularly during the busy summer months, you should ensure that your passport is stamped as some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passports bear no entry stamp. Please check with the FCO website before you depart to ensure that this advice has not changed.
Moroccan Customs do not have a list of prohibited products, but they do advise anyone travelling with prescription medication to ensure that they have a copy of the doctor’s prescription with them and that the quantity of medication carried is within the limits of the prescription.
The national currency of Morocco is the Dirham, although you will find that many places in larger towns advertise prices in Euros, and larger restaurants and shops will readily accept Euros over Dirham. For this reason, we suggest you bring Euros with you.
There is a limit to how many Dirham you can bring into the country, so rather than bringing Dirham with you from the UK, it would be worth your while getting some money out from the ATM at the airport. There is a foreign exchange booth right next to the ATM, so once you have your notes, you can ask them to change your notes into cash, if you have several coins it makes tipping a lot easier. You will need small coins to tip your hand cart person who takes your bags from the taxi to your accommodation.
For up to date advice on health precautions in Morocco please see the NHS Fit for travel advice for Morocco. The following is an excerpt from their advice:
It is imperative that you have personal travel insurance in place. The insurance should include travel delays, loss of baggage and money, mountain rescue & medical expenses, personal accident and any cancellation costs. It is worth double-checking that you are covered for trekking at altitude, as sometimes you need to pay a premium for this activity.
You should note that there are no official mountain rescue services in Morocco and that any evacuation in the event of a serious medical emergency to the nearest hospital will most likely be by land as opposed to helicopter.