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population

As of 2019 the estimated population of Morocco is 36.6 Million.

LOCAL TIME

The Time Zone in the Kingdom of Morocco is Coordinated Universal Time or (UTC)+1. 

As of 2018, daylight saving time (DST) is permanently observed in Morocco.

LANGUAGE

The two official languages are Modern Standard Arabic and Berber. Moroccan Arabic (known as Darija) is the spoken native vernacular. The languages of prestige in Morocco are Arabic and French, the latter of which serves as a second language for many Moroccans.

RELIGION

The Moroccan constitution grants the freedom to worship while recognizing Islam as the state religion.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

The documentation required to travel to Morocco varies according to the country of origin. You must have a valid passport with at least one blank page to enter Morocco. You are not required to have a visa to visit Morocco for less than 90 days. Given that conditions may vary, we suggest you contact the Moroccan Embassy or Consulate to verify these requirements before you start your trip.

CURRENCY

The Moroccan Dirham is the currency of Morocco. The currency code for Dirhams is MAD.

The Dirham is divided into 100 Santimat. 

Please refer to a currency converter prior to travel as the value of the Moroccan Dirham is fluctuating in recent years. For example, $1 USD is equivalent to approximately 9.60 MAD.

It is easy to change money in Morocco. If you want to avoid the queues at the airport Exchange Counter, ask your driver to stop at an ATM before arriving at your accommodation. There are Exchange Bureaus at the city center for you to handle all your Dirham needs.

Is tipping mandatory?

There is no "rule of thumb" regarding tipping in Morocco. Moroccans themselves might only leave a few dirhams on a 150 dirhams dinner bill. At many of the upmarket restaurants in the tourist areas, a 10% Gratuity may be added to the bill. 

ELECTRICAL CURRENT

Morocco’s electric current standard is 220/240V/ ~50Hz. Visitors from the US will need a transformer for their plugs.

WEATHER

Generally, Morocco's climate is moderate and subtropical, cooled by breezes off the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In the interior the temperatures are more extreme, winters can be cold and the summers hot. Average summer temperatures in the coastal cities range from 64-82 °F (18- 28°C).

water

Drinking water directly from a tap in Morocco is not a good idea. However, the Moroccan authorities are concerned about the pollution caused by plastic from bottled water, and many hotels offer filtered water for guests which is considered safe to drink.

ATTIRE

Morocco is a Muslim country, but it’s a popular one with tourists, there are no legal requirements when it comes to what tourists should wear in Morocco. While there is a huge variety in the way that women dress in Morocco depending on where you are (cities tend to be more open-minded), in rural areas of the country it’s advisable to dress more conservatively. This doesn’t mean you have to be covered head to toe or wearing traditionally Moroccan clothing. But you should avoid wearing anything that shows off a lot of skin. It’s still a good idea to dress conservatively out of respect for local customs.

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