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Your Country Embassy

Before leaving we suggest you to search address and contact of your Conutry Embassy in Morocco.

 

Documents and driving license

A valid passport of at least 6 months before expiry is required.

The Moroccan Government allows Italian citizens to travel to Morocco with the identity card provided they are part of organized group trips in which the hotel reservation is confirmed.

The Italian driving license is sufficient to drive in Morocco, for a maximum period of 12 months.

 

Language

he official language is Arabic, besides Tamazight (berber), but French and Spanish (North of the Country) are widespread. English is frequently spoken in tourist and art locations, commercial activities and in the medina of imperial cities. Italian is often included in the major cities of Morocco and in commercial negotiations.

 

Currency and Changes

The currency used is the Moroccan Dirham (DAM), change August 2018 € 1 = 11 Dirham.

Before departure, check that your card (credit/debit/bancomat) works abroad or that it is enabled for use in Morocco.

Exchange and payment solutions in Morocco:

  • Change cash at the exchange offices (located at the airport or be accompanied by your driver in a known office);
  • Dirham withdrawal at ATMs (bancomat);
  • Check with your bank the commissions and authorization for the foreign levy before departure;
  • Payment by debit and credit cards is very common in shops, in the medina, in the Riads and hotels, in restaurants, shops, museums and places of art and culture in general;
  • It is advisable to always have cash with you, for daily expenses and small contingencies.

It is forbidden to leave Morocco with Dirham. At the end of the stay in Morocco, only the Dirhams previously purchased by presenting the relative receipts can be converted into Euros or other foreign currency.

 

Religion, Ramadan and Behavior

The Moroccan population is 98.7% Muslim, 1.1% Christian and 0.2% Jewish.

During the Ramadan, month of purification, it is forbidden for Muslims to eat, drink or smoke; for respect towards the population, it is important to observe respect of local customs and religion, avoiding eating, drinking and smoking in public places or on meeting occasions.

Especially during the month of Ramadan, the quality of services, even in the best hotels, may be less efficient; offices and shops may have reduced opening hours.

 

Entry into mosques is forbidden to non-Muslims; the only exception to the Hassan II Grand Mosque in Casablanca.

 

Climate and recommended periods

Up North temperate Mediterranean, temperate Atlantic;

North-west temperate Atlantic (colder and rainy in winter).
On the Atlantic the climate is more continental (cold at night, but pleasant even in winter).
Desert climate elsewhere, during the night it is colder in winter and spring, but pleasant and warm during the day. In summertime, the desert area is very hot, with temperatures exceeding 40°.

In the plains and in the imperial cities, cooler and more pleasant periods are between October and May, with average temperatures of 30 ° during the day and 15 ° -20 ° at night. In summertime come high temperatures.

On the High Atlas mountains in winter it will be very likely to find snow and skiing. So get ready to face all the beauty of the high mountain landscape.

Every season is the reason for a different trip to Morocco; the best months go from October to May, with mild winters in the plains and in the cities, on the coasts of the Mediterranean and on the Atlantic, snowy and sunny in the mountains, very pleasant in the desert. From mid-July to August, the period is very hot, but nothing detracts from the visit and the beauty of the places, the coasts and the imperial cities. It is not recommended to visit Morocco during the month of August, especially in the desert areas and in the drier southern and eastern central areas.

 

Time zone

Morocco is an hour behind Italy, two hours in the summer time period.

 

Telephone

The GSM network is guaranteed in almost the whole Country, with the exception of desert areas.

The coverage is almost complete for the three mobile operators, Maroc Télécom, Meditel and Inwi. In mountainous and desert areas, Maroc Télécom ensures better coverage.

To call from your country to Morocco we suggest you to check the prefix of the city of reference. To call your country from Morocco we suggest same check.

 

Electricity

In hotels the 220V current is used with sockets identical to those used in Italy. In smaller towns there is a 110 V current with two-hole plugs.

Better if you have an international power adapter or multiple charger.

 

Customs and traditions – how to dress

Although the Moroccan people are increasingly open to the European and Western lifestyle, we recommend to wear suitable light trousers (as linen) and preferably long trousers in cities and places of art and religious interest; it is always preferable to wear clothes that cover shoulders and legs and not skimpy nor too tight.

Elegance and simplicity in dressing, respecting a culture and a civilization different from ours, is always very appreciated and facilitates the exchange and knowledge among people.

The most suitable clothes are light fabrics, casual and comfortable; low shoes for walking and hiking. Sunglasses and a hat to protect you from the sun are essential. Given the strong temperature range in desert areas, it is advisable to bring heavier items, especially in winter.

We advise in the evening, especially during spring and autumn, layered clothing to cope with the thermal excursion.

For those who want to do trekking, Planando recommends getting appropriate clothing suitable for different circumstances and places. For each trip we propose or plan together, Planando will advise on the best equipment.

 

To see (a lot), to bargain, to buy

One of the most pleasant things in Morocco, in the large cities, in the medina and in the souks, is to spend hours and entire days among traders, artisans, junk shops, shopkeepers, street vendors, greengrocers, shopkeepers, jewelers, butchers, and so much more, crossing tanneries , poultry shop, passing through stalls of dates, oranges, spices, perfumes, dried fruit, mint and raw meat; an extraordinary culture of the market and of goods, of exchange and barter, of bargaining even more than gain. A story well described by writers, artists and travelers.

 

Food, mint tea and Berber pizza Medfouna

Moroccan cuisine is considered among the best in the Arab world: the most famous dish is the cous-cous, made with steamed durum wheat semolina accompanied by meat and vegetables. Other specialties include tajine, a chicken, lamb or mutton stew cooked with vegetables and fruit delighted with honey and black olives.

Mint tea is very common in Morocco, Morocco, where it is prepared and consumed several times during the day. It is considered the drink of hospitality and rejecting it is seen as an unkind gesture.

In winter, when mint is less common, the leaves of Wormwood (Chiba in Maghreb) are used.

Another specialty of the Moroccan Berber cuisine is the Medfouna pizza typical of the pre-desert areas of Erfoud and Rissani, based on wheat flour, lamb, almonds, ginger, chilli pepper, cumin.

 

Precautions

Tap water is drinkable in large cities (Rabat, Casablanca), but it is advisable, especially outside the built-up areas, to drink bottled water without adding ice to beverages. Avoid eating local sausages, raw seafood, raw vegetables, unpeeled fruit and unpasteurized milk. Gastro-intestinal disorders are frequent accompanied by diarrhea and / or vomiting and fever.

 

Health Insurance, Travel and Vaccinations

The health situation is, on overall, satisfactory. In the major cities of Morocco there are private clinics of good quality for simple and / or urgent interventions.

Pharmacies are numerous and generally well supplied.

There are no mandatory vaccination to visit Morocco. It is advisable to take lactic ferments a week before departure and during the trip; moreover it is advisable to bring some basic medications such as paracetamol, antihistamine, mineral salt supplement, painkillers.

 

Warnings

Before departure, it is recommended to sign for an insurance policy, which covers civil liability during travel, transfers, reimbursement for possible hospitalization and medical expenses due to accident and / or illness and for repatriation in the Country of origin (expenses of transport). The policies have an low cost and can be activated only for the period of the trip.

Planando does not offer or stipulate travel, health or other insurance policies.