MOROCCO - USEFUL INFORMATION  

Australian passport holders will be automatically issued a visa on entry.

Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your trip.

Foreign nationals should check regarding their visa requirements.

You can withdraw cash from  ATMs in all major towns. As at July 2015, there were about 9.5 MAD to the US Dollar and 10 MAD to the Euro, but these exchange rates can vary, the $US being quite volatile,  and you should check before leaving on your trip. If you wish to carry cash, $US or Euros would be most convenient.

You cannot change Australian currency in Morocco!

It is customary to pay a few Dirhams to snake charmers, water vendors or other people whose photo you would like to take. As their traditional jobs become obsolete, posing for tourists is their main source of income.
You must ask permission before taking photographs of people in markets or villages.   Think about how you would feel if perfect strangers pointed cameras at you as you go about your daily business.
A 1 dirham fee is also payable to the toilet attendants at roadside stops .Electric adaptors – Morocco is the same as Europe – 220v with a two pronged round pin. I always take two adaptors and a small power board to accommodate electric toothbrush, computer, mobile phone and camera chargers.

Generally, Moroccans are very open minded and you may wear whatever you wear at home within reason.  Both men and women should dress modestly and respectfully, especially in the walled cities and rural areas or when invited into private homes where bare arms and legs may be considered offensive.

For women, trousers for touring and longish skirts in the towns are a good option with a shawl or light jacket for the evening, especially in the desert and coastal regions where the evenings can be quite cool. You may wish to purchase a Moroccan djellabah which you can wear anywhere.
Bring something glamorous for the dinners in the lavish restaurants.
A hat, sunscreen and sunglasses to protect you from the sun are recommended. There are lots of local straw hats to buy. Good walking shoes or boots are essential. Sandals are fine in the desert or in your hotel but the streets are very dusty and closed shoes are more practical and easier to clean.

As the climate is dry and hand washing dries rapidly, do not take too many changes of clothing.
Leave some room in your suitcase for shopping – irresistible in Morocco!

Take all cosmetics – sunscreen, personal insect repellent (very handy when eating alfresco), tissues, wet wipes etc. All imported cosmetics and beauty products are expensive in Morocco.

Reading matter. You can pick up excellent books by Moroccan authors in French and English in most major towns and there is a very good selection of kindle e-books on Morocco from Amazon.

Moroccan Postal Services are reliable should you wish to ship your purchases home but now only offer air freight options which can be expensive if shipping heavy items.Moroccan carpets are a good buy as are ceramics and basket ware. Vendors of these large and heavy items will usually arrange freight for you with DHL.
Australian Customs permits the importation of dried spices (if ground and packed in commercial packaging) and pastries but you should carry such items with you and declare them on entry so that quarantine personnel can check them. Regulations have a tendency to change from time to time.

It is customary to tip the guide and driver at the end of the tour. This can be done either on a group basis or on an individual basis if you prefer.

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Random Facts about Morocco

Smart Traveller
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Australian Customs
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