- Officially » المملكة المغربية (Arabic)
- ⵜⴰⴳⵍⴷⵉⵜ ⵏ ⵍⵎⵖⵔⵉⴱ (Standard Moroccan Tamazight)
- Royaume du Maroc (French)
- Kingdom of Morocco (English)
- Capital: Rabat
- Population » 35 million
- Languages » Arabic and Berber (official), French, Spanish
- 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
- 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.
- List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Morocco
- Morocco is the most popular tourist destination in Africa.
- Tourism is one of the key sectors of the Moroccan economy.
- Many Europeans winter in Morocco.
- Tourism accounts for about 10 percent of the Moroccan economy and is the kingdom’s second-largest employer, after agriculture.
- The sandy beaches and vibrant towns make Morocco a popular destination with visitors from all over the world, who flock to Morocco to experience the warm climate and rich culture that the country offers.
- 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)
- The land border between Algeria and Morocco has been closed since the early 1990s for security reasons.
- 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 from North America 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.
- Morocco has banned plastic bags
Government Travel Advice
- Horizons Unlimited
- Sahara Overland
- Wheels of Morocco
- World Nomads
- Numbeo – Cost of Living in Morocco
- International Crisis Group
- US CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on 2021.07.19 by Robert Vinet