Flag of Morocco

Flag of Morocco

  • Officially »المملكة المغربية (Arabic)
    • ⵜⴰⴳⵍⴷⵉⵜ ⵏ ⵍⵎⵖⵔⵉⴱ (Standard Moroccan Tamazight)
    • Royaume du Maroc (French)
    • Kingdom of Morocco (English)
  • Capital: Rabat

Facts

  • Population: 35 million
  • Major languages: Arabic and Berber (official), French, Spanish
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 74 years (men), 77 years (women)
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
    • 1 Dirham (MAD) = 100 Centimes
  • Electricity: 220 Volt / 50 Hertz AC

Geography

  • Area: 710,850 sq km (274,461 sq miles) (including W Sahara)
  • Overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and has land borders with Algeria to the east and the disputed territory of Western Sahara to the south.
Map of Morocco (Including Western Sahara)

Map of Morocco (Including Western Sahara)

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Notes

  • Morocco is the most popular tourist destination in Africa.
  • Many Europeans winter in Morocco.
    • 3 month visas can be extended once, for a maximum of a 6 month stay.
  • Morocco has banned plastic bagshttps

Tourism

  • List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Morocco
  • Tourism is one of the key sectors of the Moroccan economy.
  • Tourism accounts for about 10 percent of the Moroccan economy and is the kingdom’s second-largest employer, after agriculture.

Overland

  • From beaches to sand dunes to mountains and lakes, Morocco is considered to be one of the best countries in the world for overland. (Sahara Overland)

Ports

  • On ferry crossing from Spain to Tanger Med port
    • There is always a Moroccan Immigration officer onboard. Immigration clearance is done on the boat. Customs is done in Morocco.
  • Shipping to Casablanca – insurance/temp import process will take a couple of days (Chris Scott – Sahara Overland)

Safety and Security

  • Clashes have broken out in Western Sahara, ending a 30-year ceasefire between Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front. (March 2021 – International Crisis Group)
  • Morocco is generally considered safer than other North African countries, however there are times of unrest.
  • The region along southern border with Western Sahara should be considered dangerous.
  • Hustlers can be a problem throughout Morocco, especially in Tangier.
  • Tourists often report of corruption, thefts, and break-ins.
  • Tourists are often obliged to pay an “anti-terrorist” tax of €90, although it is not known if this is an official charge.

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This page was last updated on 2021.04.06 by Robert Vinet