Morocco travel questions



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    Hello, i've a question about my passport and would really appreciate some advice. I fly out from UK to Morocco on the 17th January for a week's holiday. My passport expires on the 11th July 2011. I know that they say your passport must have at least since months validity after the date of departure but mine has 5 months, 3 weeks and 1 day. Is there any room for leniency or will i be turned away, even though I am so close to the 6 months.

    Many Thanks
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    This could go either way - the immigration police in Morocco could either allow you entry or not.
    If you have a UK passport then why not end the uncertainty now and have a new passport issued before you go. Avoid leaving this too late as holiday periods slow down the issue of new passports; any remaining time on your existing passport will be added onto the 10 years life of the new one (such that it will be valid for 10 years and 5 months).
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    I am a British Citizen and I have booked a 5 day trip to Morocco for Feb. I am aware that as a UK passport holder I don't need a visa but I have a drrink driving conviction from 2007. Do I need a visa because of this? Will I need to declare it on a customs form upon arrival?

  • edited January 2011
    There is a strong probability that you will not be asked; if they don't ask you then you do not need to declare this information. The entry form does not ask for details of crimes, convictions, minor offences so don't worry about this.
    Also, you don't want everyone else in the queue to hear of this should you offer the information to the immigration police and be embarrased when they say it is of no importance.
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    Sorry John, does the entry form ask or does it not? Not sure if the double "does" is a typo? Thank you for your quick response :)
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    Post amended, if you want a copy of the document then get in touch -
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    Please could you tell me the difference between a Hotel and a Riad?
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    A hotel is just what you may have stayed in so many times, \a large block of uniform rooms with either a pool view or gardens or other scenic attraction. Hotels have a choice of rooms such as the standard with a single bed, twin beds or double bed and separate bathroom. There are suites which have a large room to relax and watch television. Deluxe suites have a large room and separate bedroom, and also sep bathroom. Apartments in hotels have also large room with TV, sep bedroom (probably two) and sep bathroom.

    Hotels are usually tourist oriented giving options such as room only, bed and breakfast, half-board with beakfast and evening meal or all-inclusive where all food and locally produced alcoholic drinks are included. Hotels are usually, but not always, quite a distance from main sites and attractions.

    A riad is more specialised and all vary in size and in what they offer. In Marrakech, Fes etc riads are located within the medina (and no where else) which is the old part of town set behind high walls which were a sort of defence in olden times. Riads were neglected for many years until some clever person decided to modernise these and rent out rooms at (usually) very high rates compared to hotels. They are now extremely popular as they are close to the heart of the medina and you don't then have to go a long way to get to the action.
    Riads can be quite splendid and opulent in appearance with lavish furnishings.
    As always, you get what you pay for.
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    Riads are particularly suitable for Sheikas who enjoy all the delights that candy flosses have to offer x
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    I am from El Salvador working in Liberia and want to travel to Morroco, there is no embaasy here..can i get a visa at my arrival in Casablanca?
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    hello im from sri lanka and i live in qatar i aplied fr moroccan visa bfr 23 days bt till now i didn t get any answer i don t knw th reason anyone can tell mewht should i do? thankyou
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    hello friends i m indian i have uk student visa and m in uk right now if i want to visit the morrocco shall i need the visa for it?
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    I am an american woman visiting my boyfriend in Morocco. He is Muslim could we stay together in the same room in a hotel. We are planning to visit many cities in Morocco during my trip there. Thank you.
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    No is the answer. Whilst you will be allowed to room in the hotel, he will not be allowed to stay in your room, although you could meet up in the restaurant or bar.
    If you want to shack up then find an apartment somewhere other than in a hotel.
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    Hi there

    I am travelling to Marrakech next week with my boyfriend and we would like to do a day excursion. There seem to be a few different areas to visit from Marrakech. Can you advise in your opinion which excursion would be the best location wise?

    Many thanks
  • edited June 2011
    This depends on what your interests are, you can go into the mountains, visit Dades Gorge, go white water rafting, visit the desert, see the valleys of the Atlas mountains, go to Essaouira on the coast and others.
    There are many sights within Marrakech centre, give me your e-mail and I will send a map and list of what to see if interested.
    For me it's the mountains and Essaouira, the latter being easy to get to by bus for 65Dh if you don't mind a 3 hour bus ride.
    Your hotel will have listings of what is on offer as well as the operators who offer them, tour reps visit the hotel daily at set times which will be displayed in the lobby area.
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    Thank you very much! My email address is
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    Hi I'm a British asian muslim going to Morocco with my British white girlfriend. will we get any grief about staying in the same bed as sex before marriage is illegal, neither of us is Moroccan but I am muslim, does this affect anything ?
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    As an African Citizen, do i need a visa to Morocco, what is the requirement for geting a visa to Morocco. More especially ctizens of Kenya , Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
    How long does it take to get one after application.
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    Sparky - I doubt you will be asked about your religious beliefs. Moroccan guys get picked up by female tourists, likewise Moroccan girls also get picked up.
    I shouldn't worry.
    Let us know how you got on.
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    Simo - You will need a visa, you will have to find out where the Moroccan Embassy is in your country - I am unable to see whether it is Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda or Burundi.
    Check this link:
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    I am arriving at menara airport on sunday third june at 7pm with my 13 year old daughter, please can you tell me the easiest way to reach essaoiura where we have a hotel booked. will it be dark at that time?
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    The cost should be about 500Dh by taxi from the airport. Although there should be a chart near the exit showing fares to various destinations, many taxi drivers disregard this and charge what they feel is appropriate. Apparently there is no control by the authorities over this blatant practice.
    An alternative way to get to Essaouira is by bus for around 70Dh person, there is an extra charge for luggage. You will still have to get a taxi to the bus station at a cost of around 90Dh for what is a relatively short distance.
    It will be dark at that time; Moroccan time follows GMT.
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    Hi there,

    I have a very vague question and hope you might be able to help. Myself and 3 friends are planning a trip to Morocco in the June/July period. We are travelling from Australia and will have 2 weeks to explore. We are starting to feel slightly overwhelmed and can't seem to decide what we should be doing and where we should see, besides the possibility of a 3 day trek from Marrakech to Fez (stopping of course at several places in between incl. Dades Groges & Merzouga).

    I'm wondering if you would be able to (off the top your head) give us some tips of where to go and what to see when in Morocco? As all females we love to shop so some tips on some bizaars would be great or other hot shopping places.

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    Assuming you are staying in Marrakech for the main duration, there are so many notable sights there alone. Elsewhere are trips to the mountains or a trip to the small coastal town of Essaouira where I go for three days on each visit to Morocco.
    Marrakech has numerous souks, all serving different purposes, ie leathers, rugs etc.
    You will not be stuck for things to do here but if you need inspiration for trips, get in touch as the info is too extensive to write here:
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    Dear Johnk,

    I am Egyptian and i am going to meet with Moroccan girlfriend in marakech , I want to know if its allowed that we can stay together in one hotel room. and if yes can you please recommend me some hotels over there .
    thanks in advance
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    I assume you are muslim in which case you will not be allowed to share a room with another muslim unless you are married and can prove this.
    Even non-muslims such as tourists cannot take a muslim (of either sex) into their hotel room.
    The only way will be for you to rent an apartment but even this may present new problems such as the concierge (if there is one) may stop your gf from enterring.
    I will look into this further.
  • I am Myanmar (Burma) citizen and I have German Travel Document. Do I need visa for Morocco?
  • Citizens of El Salvador require a visa for Morocco which you must obtain before you travel.
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  • edited October 2014
    Hi there. We're a family of 5 planning to go on a 10 day holiday to Morocco. Just received my visa from the Moroccon embassy in London which is valid from 15th November for a month. However due to work commitments we're having to change plans and travel earlier on 10th November. Is there anyway of amending this or would the Marrakech airport authorities bring forward or allow us entry on the 10th?
  • Why do you think countries ask you to apply for a visa ? So that when you get the visa you can travel any date and time you want? Of course not.
    When you are given a visa you must travel from the date of validity which is in this case 15 November 2015 or after that date.

    If you try to enter Morocco before the 15 November you will be refused entry as you are from a country that requires a visa before travel. Better to change your work schedule than risk flying to a country where you will be refused entry.

    I am really surprised at the ridiculous questions people ask on this forum.

  • I am travelling to Agadir on 24th sept and am very confused. Could you possibly tell me the best way to obtain spending money. We are going all inclusive so dont anticipate needing too much but I am a little worried about using my debit card abroad. If you could help at all I would be most grateful thank you.
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