Foreign nationals wishing to enter Morocco must be provided with a passport valid at least for the proposed duration of the stay. National identity cards are not recognized to enter the Moroccan territory. Travelers from Europe, USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Japan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates,.. do not need a visa and may stay up to 90 days. For a complete list of visa–free Countries, please visit the websites of the Embassy or the Consulate of the Kingdom of Morocco in your Country.
The currency used in Morocco is the Moroccan dirham (about 1 euro = 10 Dirhams). In tourist places you can frequently pay also in euro and dollars. Nevertheless, we suggest you to exchange some money at your arrival in order to avoid unfavorable exchange rates. We also recommend you always to exchange currency at local banks or certified agencies.
The main airports in Morocco are: Casablanca Mohamed V, Marrakech, Fez, Tangier, Rabat. If you wish to visit the South of the Country, we suggest you to fly to Casablanca, Marrakech or Fez, in order to avoid long journeys by car, train or bus. If you travel with Direction Sud, we can plan your trip with arrival/departure from all the airport of the Country, according to your preferences.
Morocco has two official languages: Arabic and Berber (Amazigh), spoken in different dialects depending on the region. Classical Arabic is the official language of the Institution and the public administration. Among the other languages spoken in the country, we find also French and Spanish. If you travel with Direction Sud, our multilingual staff will accompany you all along your journey, in order to ensure a good understanding of the local culture and the communication with local people.
Morocco is a Muslim country with a Sunni majority. Nevertheless, Christianism and Judaism are also practiced in Morocco without causing conflicts between the different religious communities. Mosques, churches and synagogues are spread everywhere in the major cities of Morocco, as an evidence of this respectful and peaceful cohabitation.
Morocco is a safe country and the Moroccans are known for their warm hospitality. All major Moroccan cities as well as rural areas and smaller villages are absolutely safe to travel also thanks to regular police controls. If you travel with Direction Sud, our staff will constantly be at your service in order to make your stay in Morocco always safe and pleasant.
As indicated above, Morocco is a country very welcoming and safe for all types of travelers. Nevertheless, lonely female travelers find here some tips to make their stay in Morocco even more safe and enjoyable: avoid miniskirts, shorts and tight clothing, particularly in smaller villages and in traditional contexts; do not walk alone in isolated areas; do not accept invitations from a stranger, especially during evening and night hours.
Yes. However we recommend you to avoid the summer season (June to August) for the strong heat, and the months of December, January and February, for the extremely cold temperatures both on the mountains and in desert areas.
In general, no vaccination is required for foreign travelers entering Morocco. However, some vaccines may still be useful as a protection for specific health problems. In this case, we recommend you to contact your doctor for further information before leaving your Country.
Direction Sud recommends you to stipulate a travel insurance before travelling to Morocco. Upon request, Direction Sud can support you to identify the insurance policy more suitable to your needs.
Public and private hospitals are spread throughout the territory of Morocco, particularly in the big cities (Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech, Tangier, Fez, Agadir). If you get sick during your holiday in Morocco, you should go to the nearest hospital and if necessary contact the Embassy or Consulate of your country in Morocco. If you travel with Direction Sud, our staff will always be at your disposal for any inconvenience, guaranteeing 24h assistance and an immediate response to emergencies.
For the desert, preferably between February and March and from September until November.
For the coast, preferably from April until September.
For the mountains, preferably from April until September.
Ramadan is a perfect time to visit Morocco. After sunset, cities are full of life and the aroma of traditional dishes fills the streets. In this magical atmosphere, you might be invited to drink some tea and share the ftour (the meal that breaks the fast), to listen to the charming stories of this country with many faces and ancient traditions. Nevertheless, Ramadan is also a time of deep spirituality and sacrifice for Muslims who practice it, especially in summer months. Therefore, we suggest you to avoid eating and smoking in public places during daylight hours until sunset. Especially in the villages, restaurants, bars and shops might be closed during the day, while public offices follow a reduced timetable. If you travel with Direction Sud during Ramadan, we’ll design your trip in order to guarantee at any moment a high quality service despite the constraints related to this specific period of the year.
Morocco is a very tolerant country and there are no specific clothing restrictions. Nevertheless, particularly in rural areas and in religious contexts, we suggest travelers to avoid miniskirts, shorts and tight clothing. This caution will also allow you to better connect with local people, who’ll certainly feel more at ease in relating to you.
You can withdraw money almost everywhere in Morocco, with the exception of the smallest villages and the desert area, where it can be very difficult to find an ATM or a bank. Paying by debit/credit card can be quite rare, with the exception of larger cities, supermarkets and big hotels. In general, we suggest you to always bring with you some cash for unexpected expenses or last minute purchases.
Almost everywhere in Morocco you can find supermarkets, shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs authorized to sell alcoholic drinks. In any case, it is absolutely forbidden to drink alcohol in streets or in public places.
If you’re going to visit Morocco with Direction Sud, you’ll be able to choose the way of travelling more suitable to your interests and budget: by 4x4 and minibus, by foot, in mountain bike, on horseback, on a dromedary, etc.. However, if you are an independent traveler, Morocco offers you different travel options: by car, by bus, by train or even by taxi. If you wish to move by car, you’ll easily find reliable car rental agencies either in big and in smaller cities at your arrival in the country. Concerning public transports, buses run all over the country from the north to the south, while the train covers only the north of the country, from the Mediterranean cost down to Marrakech. Finally, the taxi is used both inside cities (petit taxi, with taximeter) and for long distance journeys (grand taxi, with a fixed cost).
Here’s a short list of the basic equipment you should bring with you for your trekking in Morocco: backpack up to 40 liters, depending on the season (in summer time a 20 liter backpack should be enough); shoulder bag or small backpack; sleeping bag; good walking shoes (preferably with ankle support); windproof & waterproof jacket; wrap-around sunglasses or goggles; comfortable sports clothing according to the season; headlamp; running sticks; gloves, scarf and hat depending on the season. For more information you can visit our webpage Trekking.
The type of training or physical preparation recommended for trekking in Morocco depends mainly on the specific itinerary and the season. Direction Sud proposes different types of trekking and excursions both for beginners and for experienced trekkers. Generally speaking, a good health is essential to fully enjoy the experience of trekking.
A minimum age of 8 years is suggested to take part in a trekking. However, if you wish to explore the beauty of Morocco with you kids, Direction Sud proposes also family trekking and hiking holidays, with a wide range of activities, games and sports to fit your children's interests and needs. For more information and details contact us via email or visit our page Activities.