MODALITY OF STAY
Like the United Kingdom and Portugal, Morocco is located in T.U line. (Universal Time).
In winter, when it is 12h in France, it is 11h in Morocco.
In summer, this is complicated because the kingdom has adopted summertime, but not on the same dates as in France.
As it starts in April and ends in October except for Ramadan (whose date fluctuates from year to year).
The whole country is equipped with 220 V with European standard plugs. No adapter needed.
- Exchange offices: in principle, they are open daily, except (sometimes) on Sunday afternoons; Their opening hours are very long.
- Banks: their schedules are more limited: they are open from Monday to Friday from 8.15 am to 3.30 pm or 4 pm (9.15 am to 2.30 pm during Ramadan), sometimes with a break during the Friday prayers.
- Stores: The Medina stalls open early in the morning and you can shop there until the midnight.
- Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4:15 pm.
ACCESS TO THE KINGDOM
- A valid passport for the duration of the stay is required for Belgian and Swiss nationals.
- For European tourists who are supervised by tour operators, the valid identity card can be accepted under certain conditions: the TO must provide the DGSN services with the list of the passengers concerned, at least 72 hours before arrival .
- For Canadians, a passport is required.
- No visa for citizens of the European Union as well as for Swiss and Canadians, but the stay can not exceed 3 months. For those who wish to stay longer (with a maximum of 3 other months), the request for extension must be made on the basis of proof of residence and resources, at least 2 weeks before the expiry of the initial period of validity (passport mandatory).
- To rent a car in Morocco, the national driving license is sufficient. But you must have 1 year of permit and a payment card. Also, if the franchise is not redeemed, most companies will block the amount of the deductible until the vehicle is handed over (which, however, varies according to the rental company and the category of the car, Can be very high!). The operation is then canceled. It is advisable to check before departure on the conditions of rental and to plan.
PLANEThere are flights from Europe to 10 Moroccan airports: Agadir, Casablanca, Essaouira, Fez, Marrakech, Nador, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Rabat and Tangier.
The RAM is responsible for the national flights (Tetouan, Al-Hoceima, Er-Rachidia, Dakhla, Tan-Tan and Laayoune).
TRAINThe ONCF (National Railway Office) has relatively fast, clean, air-conditioned and. TGV lines that reach the north of the country ... A good way, therefore, to travel on the main roads.
They crisscross the country and take you to the most remote corners at a reasonable price. Always ask for a receipt or ticket, the buses are checked.
Three major bus companies, CTM, SATAS and Supratours, have bus stations (or buses only) in major cities, but there are many others of varying sizes. Local companies, on the same destinations, are obviously cheaper, but comfort and service are not equivalent. Some use old vehicles that are patched up.
If it is very hot, do as Moroccans do: take the buses early in the morning. And take a water bottle with you.
- The MTC covers almost all Moroccan territory.
Buses are often full, book 24 hours in advance (major companies).
- La Supratours is a subsidiary of the ONCF. call 05-37-77-65-20 to buy train or bus tickets. The services are excellent. For long journeys, we advise you because two drivers are systematically changing.
Small taxis do not have the right to leave the cities. The prices are very affordable, especially if you know the rules of the game. In large cities, they are in principle equipped with a meter. If not, take the taxi by negotiating (firm) the price before taking off.
- At night there is a statutory surcharge of 50%.
- You can not get to more than three people in small taxis, including children.
- Always have some change.
The big taxis
Most of them are old Mercedes of the 1980s, they are actually larger than the small taxis. They are the only ones who can leave their home city. They do not have a meter. Start by looking for the broker, with a notebook. He is entitled to sell you a ticket.
Prices are only slightly higher than buses (not always), but taxis are more comfortable. passengers pile up to six, besides the driver. Large taxis leave when they are full.
We are increasingly seeing these means of transport for 10 to 12 people, intermediate between the big taxi and the bus. More recent than large taxis, they should in principle be more reliable.
Driving on the road
Driving at night is strongly discouraged. Almost all cycles are illuminated. beware of jaywalkers before crossing.
- Population: 36 million inhabitants (estimate 2015).
- Area: 710 850 km ²
- Capital: Rabat (1,885,000 inhabitants).
- Languages: Classical Arabic and Amazigh (official languages), Moroccan dialect
- dialectal, Berber idioms (rifain, braber, chleuh and zénète), French (current in the administration), Spanish (used locally in the North).
- Regime: constitutional monarchy.
- Head of State: King Mohammed VI (since July 1999).
- Currency: the dirham.
- Human development index (life expectancy, education, standard of living): 0.591. World Rank: 130 out of 187 countries.
- Guaranteed minimum wage: about 2,415 Dh (about 220 €) net.
- Unesco World Heritage Sites: the Medina of Fez (1981) and Marrakech (1985), the Aït-Benhaddou ksar (1987), the historic town of Meknes (1996) and the Medina of Tetouan 1997), the Volubilis site (1997), the Essaouira medina (2001), the Portuguese city of El Jadida (2004), and Rabat, the modern capital and historic city 2012).
- No vaccination is required for travelers from Europe. Some vaccines are nevertheless useful for the protection of the visitor.
- Up-to-date with its "universal" vaccinations, recommended in Europe for everyone: tetanus, polio, pertussis, diphtheria, hepatitis B, typhoid.
- Since water and food-borne diseases are frequent in Morocco, drink mineral water, WHO recommends - in addition to universal food hygiene measures – rabies exists in morocco, so if you get bitten by an animal, Contact Institution of Pasteur in Morocco.
Some basic rules
- Remember to wash your hands regularly, especially before eating. Any soap is effective against bacteria.
- According to the WHO, "the distribution of drinking water is ensured in all major cities and in some villages, but it is recommended to drink mineral water". Insist that it be unpacked in front of you. For hot drinks (including tea), the water must be boiled. Proscribe non-industrial beverages, ice cubes, milk and non-industrial derivatives, shellfish
- Fruits and vegetables: according to WHO, "wash, peel, boil or leave" because sometimes the risk is real in the places where drinking water is not provided. It would be a shame to miss the delicious Moroccan salads and fresh juices.
- Eat well-cooked and steamed meats, to avoid unhealthy meats. Couscous, Tajines and Mechouis, are perfectly safe to consume.
- Do not consume unpasteurized milk and its by-products. Though the risk is rare among travelers: brucellosis.
- Think of white rice! Better: consume it.
- Consult a doctor in case of diarrhea containing mucus, pus, blood and / or fever. For simple loose and frequent stools, use an antibiotic allied to a slowing down of the intestinal transit.
- STDs and AIDS are present everywhere. Go out well wrapped up, go out warmly dressed ! Condoms are found in all Moroccan pharmacies.
For the rest :
- Avoid bathing or wading in stagnant fresh water.
- Protect yourself from the sun, everywhere and even more in the mountains.
- in the event of a minor injury, Moroccan pharmacies are often properly stocked and the doctors are well trained.
- take out "repatriation assistance" insurance before departure.
For Belgian and Swiss French, valid passport (ask for confirmation from your airline, as some refuse a document expiring in less than 3 months after the date of return); However, for European tourists supervised by tour operators, the valid identity card can be accepted under certain conditions.
- Recommended vaccines: none.
- Best season: From March to June.
- Time difference: -1h.