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When you are in Morocco, it can seem overwhelming because of the different culture, but the truth is that Morocco is an excellent country to visit and with some Morocco travel information, you will feel more like a resident, and less like a tourist.


Visa Requirements

First of all, you will need a valid passport that has an expiration date at least six months from the date you enter Morocco. This is an important piece of Morocco travel information. If you are from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and most of the European Union members, then you do not need a Visa. For more information, contact the Embassy of Morocco at:


Embassy of Morocco
1601 21st St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 462-7979

It's a good idea to make a photocopy of your passport, carried separately, in case of any emergency.


Getting There

When you travel to Morocco, there are many options you can take. However, if you are coming from the United States, you can take, Royal Air Maroc which offers direct flights from New York to Casablanca, with a connection in some cities like Marrakech. If you are traveling from Europe, there are many direct flights from major European cities to Casablanca, Marrakech and more. One excellent bit of Morocco travel information is that you can travel within Morocco, via Royal Air Maroc, for only $100 each way.


Health

When people begin to travel, they often worry about how the country will affect their health. This could be through pollution, food or water, but you can be assured that in Morocco, there is very little need to concern yourself about health. However, Morocco travel information is what we provide, so you should bring bottled water to drink instead of tap water when you are outside of cities. You also do not need vaccinations, and there is little worry about illness, other than a sunburn or upset stomach. You should bring sunscreen and intestinal medicine like Pepto Bismol, just in case. Now that is a piece of Morocco travel information you can rely on!


Safety

Another concern for travelers around the world is safety. Thankfully, Morocco is a very safe country to be in. This is no biased piece of Morocco travel information, as you will find plenty of honest and friendly people throughout the country. However, as with any country, carry only small amounts of money, keep your valuables hidden and hold your camera close. You should be careful in crowds and you should avoid fake guides who offer false Morocco travel information to tourists and travelers. With Sahara Soul Travel, you will have all your guides arranged, and all of them are licensed and can help you discern fake Morocco travel information from real Morocco travel information.


Currency

The national currency is the Dirham (DH, Dh, or MAD). Dirhams cannot be exchanged or purchased outside of Morocco. As a general guide, divide the Moroccan price by 10 to get a rough estimate of cost in $ or €. Current exchange rates can be obtained from several Web sites. International credit cards are accepted in hotels and by many merchants, although you may get a better price for a cash transaction. ATM machines are abundant in major cities, so a good strategy is use your ATM card to get Dirhams every few days as needed and carry some home currency as backup. ATMs outside the U.S. require 4-digit numerical PINs, so be sure before leaving home that yours complies. It is recommended to keep small change in local currency handy for impulse purchases, tips to restroom attendants, and the like.


Climate and Clothing

Everyone knows that Morocco is a warm country, and there is no need to go deeper into that bit of Morocco travel information. However, it should be pointed out that the country does have extreme temperatures in the desrt and mountains, and even on warm days you should bring a jacket for the evenings. Make sure you bring good shoes, and women should avoid short skirts, tank tops or other revealing articles of clothing.


Electricity

A very important piece of Morocco travel information is what type of plug is used. In Morocco, they use a French-style 220-volt electrical plug, which is similar to that used in continental Europe. If bringing electronics that need a plug-in, you may need a converter.


Telephones

The country code for Morocco is 212 (no, it's not New York!). Cell phones operate on the GSM network. American mobile phone holders should contact their provider to set up international roaming. Voice and SMS service of European carriers should work well. To help you keep in touch with friends and family back home, we can provide local cell phone service for you to receive and make calls upon request.


Travel insurance

Another very important piece of Morocco travel information is the importance of travel insurance. We strongly recommend that all of our clients purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance can protect you against baggage loss; missed connections; medical emergency, including evacuation costs; trip cancellation; and trip interruption. Families traveling together, in particular, can benefit from traveler's insurance, due to the high investment in the trip and the increased risk of one person's illness resulting in the entire trip being cancelled. There are many places on the Internet where you can compare rates and buy insurance.


Languages

It can be hard to get Morocco travel information from locals when you don't know what language they speak. The truth is, Morocco has two official languages; Arabic and Berber. However, you will also find those who speak English, French and Spanish. However, one good piece of Morocco travel information is to remember to smile, it is the universal language.


Bargaining

Probably the most important piece of Morocco travel information is how to bargain. Bargaining is a sport in Morocco, and outside of hotels, restaurants and Western merchants, you will be bargaining for nearly everything. The best thing you can do is simply say Tan Shouf, which means Just Looking. Find out what you want by wandering around, and always do comparison shopping. If you are set on buying something, determine a price that is best for you and bargain around that. Merchants will inflate the cost of an item when dealing with a tourist, so you have to stay firm. If you decide its too much, walk away because otherwise they will believe you can't live without the item, which gives them the advantage. This can be difficult, time consuming and tiring, but by staying firm you will get what you want at the price you can afford. That being said, there is no reason you have to come home with anything!

Your Sahara Soul Travel guide will also be able to help you find good handicrafts at the right price.