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Can I take Moroccan currency into Marrakech
Go with the standard advice of NOT buying Dirhams anywhere other than when you arrive in Morocco. You will not need them until you arrive so why bother buying in the UK or elsewhere?
Great information here, thanks John for your help. You can also look at the
Morocco Travel Guide
from wordtravels.com for further information on the country. Also see the separate guides to Marrakech and other cities.
for destination advice
Thanks for the information. Just wanted to ask about Euros as a friend who was in Marrakech at Easter said many places take Euros now.They also changed cash into dirhams as needed as recommended by you via Bde Change. Is this your experience or anyone else's?
Euros are widely accepted in the major cities but not in out of the way places which see few, if any, tourists.
You lose out slightly when paying for services with Euros as traders round the value down to 10Dh for each rather than the official rate of 11 or so.
I'm going to Morroco from Canada. I was wondering what is the best currency for me to bring over there: Canadian, American or Euros ?
edited November 2012
You can bring all these currencies but realistically there is no point changing CAD into only to again change these into Dirhams when you arrive. You will needlessly be paying commission charges when exchanging each time.
All major world currencies are accepted (except Scottish or Irish Pounds, Australian and New Zealand Dollars) and you get get pretty much the same rate of exchange wherever you go. If arriving at the airport, you will always find a Bureau de Change on hand. If for some reason this is closed then there are usually ATM's which will dispense local currency and Morocco is not short of ATM's in all major cities.
If using your debit card, be sure to notify the card issuer as they have been known to cancel cards suspecting fraudulent use. Keep some cash as backup.
Hi Johnk, I'm travelling to marrakech next week and am a little confused as I was hoping to convert atleast £100 to Dirhams at marrakech airport however, after reading that there is a 1000Dh limit, how much of GBP can I convert? I understand you're advising people the best thing to do is to use our debit/credit cards but I'd rather use cash and aviod the interest charges.
Also, I visited Tunisia earlier this year and bought 7 cartons (1400) cigarettes back from duty free. Do morocco have a certain limit to how many cigarettes I can bring back to the UK?
The 1000Dh limit refers to the import and export of Moroccan currency only.
You can change any reasonable amount, in this case £100, into local curency without question at the airport.
When you leave Morocco you are only allowed to take out a maximum of 1000Dh in Moroccan currency but no-one really checks your hand luggage for this. You may be asked by the airport police if you are carrying any Dh, I just say no and carry on regardless.
Morocco is a traveling place and many good places in it to visit.
From Non EU Countries you can bring the following amounts of tobacco back without declaring them or paying duty:
200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
Like so many others before, I am a little twitchy about this currency issue. I have learned far more from JohnK reading this thread than my travel agent could tell me. Some of the Agent's comments are clearly downright wrong!! I too do not want to arrive with the wrong means to get local currency. It seems the best way is to offer good clean sterling notes at B de C and Debit cards at ATMs for the cheapest conversion cost.
Can John confirm please that both Credit and Debit cards are OK for purchases, restaurants etc.?
Nothing has been said (unless I missed it) about how or where to trade Dh back to £GB. Do you slap it all down on the counter at the B de C at the Airport on departure, coin and notes, and they change the lot back into £GB coin and notes or what?
Sorry for the delay in replying.
Credit cards are acceptable in the more upmarket restaurants and shops although you should expect to pay more as there are charges on both sides, i.e. you for the exchange rate mechanism and the trader or shop for their card reader costs. Most hotels also will accept credit cards.
You should not expect any small shop to accept credit cards as cash is king in Morocco.
Debit cards should be used to acquire cash from ATM's. As already stated in a previous post, you are advised not to use a credit card to get cash as you will incur costs on a daily basis from the moment you get the cash.
Changing Dirhams back into GBP should be straight forward - keep all receipts which are issued when you acquire cash whether it be from a Bureau de Change, ATM, hotel or bank. Before you leave, show the receipts at the point of change and be sure to ask for British Pounds as you will probably be given Euro's.
You can use Dirhams to make purchases before before entering the departure area but after this you can only use Euro's and maybe GBP or pay by credit card for snacks, duty free etc
I notice that you only mention Euros and British Pounds in your comments. Will the Bureau de Change accept Canadian currency.
I will be arriving in Casablanca in April
I mentioned GBP in the above post as the question posed by Crinkly was about changing Dh back to GBP.
If you go back to my reply at the start of this post, I have specified the three currencies which are not accepted in Morocco - $Aus, £Irish and £Scottish. Most other currencies are ok, including CAD.
I am visiting morocco in august 2013 and like man was concerned about taking money as its not a norm country we would visit. I have found the thread useful. I was wondering if anyone had heard of these travel cards? m travel agent is saying its the best form of taking money? with a minium of £150. any thoughts about this?
Hi I am travelling to Morroce in a month. And my arrival at the airport is very late .I don;t want to get wonder around for small currency exchange. Is anyone has Morrocan Dh to sell?
please e-mail me the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd recommend going to a Travelex shop or bank before you depart, it's a little safer than meeting a random person on the internet.
The popular auction house ebay sells MAD from time to time but these don't always work out cheap. Be sure you don't buy UAE Dirhams as these are not the same.
Just wait until you arrive at the airport and use the ATM there. Some airports have multiple ATM's so you should be safe.
If still in difficulty, any taxi driver will stop at a bank with a cash dispenser, just say the magic words ATM and he will understand. Tell him before you set off so as not to cause an incident once you arrive at your hotel.
Some tourist hotels do have ATM's in the lobby area but don't take a chance and let the taxi driver know asap that you need cash.
Don't be tempted to buy Dh outside of Morocco as you do not know what you are getting!
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