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Everything you need to know before you travel to Morocco

Written by Fiona

December 12 2023

Morocco is a breathtakingly beautiful country in North Africa surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Here are many of the things you need to know before travelling to Morocco. Learn about the population, government, how to apply for a Morocco e-visa and the best places in Morocco to frequent during your visit. 

Moroccan facts

As of 2021, the population of Morocco was calculated as a little over 37 million. King Mohammed VI is the nation’s King and Aziz Akhannouch is the Prime Minister. Since the country is a monarchy, it has an elected parliament with a House of Councillors and a House of Representatives. 

How to apply for a Morocco E-Visa

Before you board the plane and fly to Morocco, you need to apply for a Morocco e visa first. It only takes a few minutes to apply with your current identity verification information, such as your name, place of birth, date of birth and country of citizenship. As long as you are a resident of one of the 100 countries listed on the e-visa website, then you can send in an application to begin the travel process to Morocco. 

Once you are approved for the Morocco e-visa, all you have to do is pull it up on your smart device and present it alongside your passport to be granted entry into Moroccan territory. Your stay can be for a maximum of 30 days or any visit time lesser than that. This is a much easier option than having to come physically to a consulate or an embassy. 

Which nationalities are eligible for a Morocco E-Visa?

About 100 nationalities can apply for and be approved for an e-visa such as:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bolivia
  • Cambodia
  • Domica
  • Egypt
  • Gambia
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Nigeria
  • Panama
  • And many more! Check the list on the main link above!

Countries that need additional documentation

To enter Morocco, some countries need additional documentation to do so. Individuals from these countries will have to own an approved visa from their country of residency before being eligible to apply for a Morocco e-visa.

  • Australia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • And others.

What is the currency In Morocco?

The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). This currency is equal to about 0.099 of the United States dollar (USD) at the time of writing. Hence, this means that about 10 MAD is equivalent to 1 USD or £0.79. 

The most recent bank notes were released when King Mohammed VI was crowned ruler of Morocco and the series of banknotes from his father, King Hassan II’s reign are also still in circulation. The bills come in 20s, 50s, 100s and 200s. 

When exchanging currencies, the Canadian dollar and Australian dollar are usually not accepted. Instead opt for trading in USD, British pounds, or euros in exchange for the Moroccan Dirham. You can visit a local exchange office such as the one at Tangier Airport or go to an ATM that does currency exchanges to obtain Moroccan Dirham currency. 

The best places to explore in Morocco

Here are some of the best places to explore in Morocco. Make these your go-to destinations as you definitely do not want to miss out on them.

Marrakech’s Medina

Marrakech’s Medina is designated as an UNESCO World Heritage site as it has been around since 1070. Vendors sell a wide range of different items, for example, the souk el attarine spices, teapots and lanterns. Souk des bijoutiers offer the finest pieces of Moroccan jewellery. Souk el Kebir vendors sell the highest quality leather goods crafted by hand.

High Atlas

The High Atlas mountains, otherwise known as Idraren Draren to the locals, is home to the Ishelhiyen who are settled in their villages in this area. You might choose to trek in the mountains. Plan a day or a few weeks of hiking or trekking and preferably some time in April through September where the climate is best.

Asilah

Asilah is a coastal beachfront town that is in Tangier’s southern portion. View one of the many lovely murals painted throughout the area during your visit. Lounge at Asilah Beach for some fun under the sun, which is an especially family-friendly activity. If you are lucky, you can catch the yearly Moussem Culturel International d’Asilah as long as you visit in July. 

Author bio: 

Susan Noel is an experienced content writer. She is associated with many renowned travel blogs as a guest author where she shares her valuable travel tips with the audience.

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