Fire and rescue services
Call 190, or go to the nearest hospital.
Call 190, or visit the nearest police station.
Exercise a high degree of caution in Morocco overall due to the threat of terrorism.
Call 190, or go to the nearest hospital.
Call 190, or visit the nearest police station.
Exercise a high degree of caution in Morocco overall due to the threat of terrorism.
Do not travel within 30km of the northern or western side of the Berm (a militarised boundary) or all areas south and east of the Berm.
Do not travel within 30km of the northern or western side of the Berm (a militarised boundary) or all areas south and east of the Berm because of the risk of armed conflict. Western Sahara's status as part of Morocco is disputed. An active, militarised independence movement known as the Polisario operates to the east of the Berm.
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Terror attacks are a risk in Morocco.
Past attacks targeted locations that are popular with tourists.
Terrorists murdered two foreign nationals in December 2018. They were hiking in a remote mountain area near Mount Toubkal.
You could get caught up in attacks directed at others.
Various terror groups target the Maghreb region for attacks. This includes Morocco.
Moroccan authorities regularly arrest suspected terrorists and people associated with terror groups.
Possible targets for future terror attacks include:
In planning your activities, consider the kind of areas known to be terrorist targets and the level of security provided.
To reduce your risk of being affected by terrorism:
If there's an attack, leave the affected area immediately, if it's safe to do so.
Avoid the affected area after an attack due to the risk of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Petty crime is common, including:
Theft at knifepoint and other violent crime sometimes happen.
Muggings have occurred when travellers were walking on deserted beaches and poorly lit streets at night.
Aggressive begging near ATMs is frequent and robberies occur.
Intimidation is sometimes used to force customers to buy goods. Tourists are aggressively harassed, often by men posing as official tourist guides.
Hotspots for crime include popular tourist areas, such as:
Women may be the subject of unwanted attention, particularly:
To help keep yourself safe from crime:
Common scams and fraud include:
Australians have fallen victim to fake internet friendship, dating and marriage schemes in Morocco. These scams typically start with a relationship through an internet dating site, chat room or social media.
You may be asked to send money to help them cover travel expenses to Australia or assist in a faked medical emergency.
In most cases, the relationship will end with little chance of recovering any money.
In other cases, Australians are lured to Morocco to meet the person. When they arrive, they become victims of crimes such as kidnapping, assault and robbery.
To avoid becoming a victim of a scam:
If you're the victim of a scam, get legal advice. Don't travel to Morocco to seek restitution.
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you're connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
Domestic and regional issues can incite protests at any time. Large-scale demonstrations can occur at short notice. Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
There is currently an increased risk of demonstrations and protests occurring around the country linked to the evolving situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Demonstrations have occurred in most major cities in proximity to public buildings. Additional demonstrations are expected.
Most gatherings are peaceful but isolated incidents of vandalism and looting occur.
Sporting events can attract large crowds, and tensions may lead to security incidents.
Western Sahara's status as part of Morocco is disputed. A mostly sand wall, 'the Berm', separates:
Armed conflict has occurred since the ceasefire collapsed in November 2020. Local or more widespread conflict could resume with little warning.
To protect yourself during periods of unrest:
Be ready to change your travel plans in case of disruptions.
If you're affected by transport disruptions, contact your airline, travel agent or insurer.
Morocco is in an earthquake zone. Earthquakes sometimes occur.
On 8 September, an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck Morocco southwest of Marrakesh. There has been widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure, including power, water, roads and communications. Recovery and reconstruction efforts are underway. Avoid travelling to impacted areas and follow the instructions from local authorities. If you have concerns about your travels to Marrakesh or other impacted zones, contact your tour manager or accommodation provider for the latest updates.
Follow the instructions from local authorities. Monitor the media for any updates. Contact your airline or travel provider directly for any updates regarding your travel plans.
To protect yourself in case of an earthquake:
Flash flooding can occur. Risk of flooding is higher:
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won’t pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
You may need a special insurance policy for 'do not travel' destinations. Some Australian insurance policies may not cover you for travel to 'do not travel' destinations.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Morocco. Take enough legal medication for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a dated letter from your doctor stating:
Insect-borne diseases are common in Morocco, including:
Malaria is less common.
To protect yourself from disease:
Get medical advice if you develop a fever, muscle pain, a rash or a bad headache.
Some waterborne, foodborne and other infectious diseases are common.
To protect yourself from illness:
Get medical advice if you have a fever or diarrhoea.
Avoid temporary black henna tattoos. They often contain a dye that can cause a serious skin reaction.
Major cities generally have adequate medical facilities.
Services can be extremely limited in:
Most private hospitals require upfront payment before admitting patients, including in an emergency. Not paying up-front may delay your treatment.
Most ambulance services are privately operated.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for drug offences are severe and can include long prison terms.
The death penalty can apply for serious offences such as:
Sexual activities that are against the law in Morocco include:
In Morocco, it's illegal to:
Authorities may question or detain you if you:
Drone use is heavily controlled in Morocco. Seek approval from the Moroccan Government before you enter the country with a drone.
If you want to get married in Morocco, you'll need to present:
You can organise these documents through:
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you’re overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Morocco recognises dual nationality.
Under Moroccan law, Moroccan citizenship takes priority. This can affect your rights and responsibilities, including:
If you're a dual national, even if your second nationality is not Moroccan, the Australian Embassy may be restricted in the consular assistance we can provide you with if you're arrested or detained.
Always travel on your Australian passport.
Moroccan citizenship is automatic for the children of Moroccan fathers. Moroccan women who are married to foreigners can also pass on their Moroccan citizenship to their children.
Local law applies to child custody decisions. This may affect whether you can leave Morocco with your children.
If you're a dual national, seek legal advice on child custody disputes.
If you're a single parent travelling with children, you may need to carry a letter from the second parent authorising the children’s travel plans. Always carry your children’s birth certificates or have copies on hand.
Standards of dress and behaviour are conservative in many parts of Morocco.
Public displays of affection can cause offence.
In some parts of Morocco, women should consider wearing loose clothing covering the arms and legs.
Take care in or around:
Couples may need to provide proof of marriage to get shared accommodation.
Take care not to offend. If in doubt, seek local advice.
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting for Muslims around the world. Respect local laws and customs during this period.
Check the start and end dates of Ramadan prior to your travel, as these change every year. Under Moroccan law, Muslims aren’t allowed to eat, drink or smoke in public during Ramadan unless they meet requirements for a dispensation (such as illness, travel or pregnancy).
While this doesn't apply to non-Muslims, if you are non-Muslim you should still avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public or around those who are fasting, so as not to attract attention or questioning by police.
Most restaurants, cafés, eateries, and delivery services do not operate during the day, and some tourist attractions might be closed.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
You won't need a visa to visit Morocco for less than 3 months. In other situations, you'll need a visa.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. You should contact your nearest Embassy of Morocco for the latest details.
Moroccan embassies or tourist and travel offices can inform you about visas, currency, customs and other travel requirements.
Do not overstay your visa.
If you overstay your visa you won’t be able to leave Morocco until you regularise your immigration status. You could be subject to a fine, a deportation order or a ban from re-entering.
If you have overstayed your visa, or are unable to leave due to border closures, contact your nearest police station. Once you have regularised your visa status, make sure you obtain a written exit permit from the police station to present at your point of departure.
Without a written permit, you won't be able to travel out of Morocco.
Some tourists report having trouble leaving the country without a stamp in their passport.
Get your passport stamped when you enter Morocco.
The land border between Morocco and Algeria is closed.
Don't attempt to cross into Algeria by land.
Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you’re just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport’s expiry date before you travel. If you’re not sure it’ll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who want to use your identity to commit crimes.
To protect your passport, always keep it in a safe place.
Be aware of people trying to trick you into giving them your passport.
If your passport is lost or stolen, you should obtain a police report detailing the loss or theft of the passport, and tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can't guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
You must declare all amounts in foreign currency over MAD100,000 when you arrive and depart.
The Australian Dollar is not on the Moroccan Government-approved exchange currencies list. You will not be able to exchange cash denominated in Australian dollars while in Morocco. Prior to arriving, you should exchange Australian dollars into US dollars or euros, which Moroccan exchange bureaus accept.
Only exchange currency at:
Australian credit cards are generally accepted in larger cities and tourist centres.
ATMs are widely available in cities and most large towns.
Contact your bank to make sure your cards will work in Morocco.
It's illegal to take Moroccan Dirhams out of the country. Convert any unused Dirhams prior to your travel out of Morocco.
Unexploded landmines are an ongoing risk in Western Sahara. This risk is higher within 30km of the Berm, but also closer inland.
To protect yourself against landmines:
If, despite our advice you travel to these areas, seek professional security advice and stick to formed roads and paths in any areas where landmines are a risk.
Transport and tour operators don't always meet the safety and maintenance standards you might expect. This includes adventure activities, such as diving and desert excursions.
Safety equipment, such as life jackets and seatbelts, may not be provided.
To reduce your risks while taking a tour in Morocco:
If you don't have access to safety equipment, use another provider. See Safety
To drive in Morocco, you must have both:
You must get your IDP before you leave Australia.
The death toll from road accidents in Morocco is high.
Driving on rural roads at night is particularly dangerous.
Drivers must carry an unfilled 'accident report' (constat à l'amiable) in the vehicle. You can buy these forms at local newsstands. It is also a legal requirement to carry a traffic cone and a reflective vest, in case of an accident or an emergency stop.
The police don't usually intervene in minor road accidents where no one is injured. All parties involved need to complete an accident report.
If the accident involves injuries, you must wait for police to arrive before moving your vehicle.
Checkpoints are common. You must be able to show:
If you plan to drive in Morocco:
Be alert on mountain roads and major highways.
Always carry personal ID and vehicle documents, including an accident report form.
Your travel insurance policy may not cover you if you have an accident while driving a motorbike, quad bike or similar. Check before you drive.
Always wear a helmet. Make sure your passenger does too.
Only use registered taxis and limousines, preferably booked through your hotel.
Several fatal bus crashes on intercity routes have occurred.
Morocco's rail network is relatively safe and reliable, but accidents happen.
In October 2018, a train derailed between the cities of Sale and Kenitra. Many passengers were killed or injured.
Pickpocketing and petty theft on trains occurs. Stay alert and don't leave luggage unattended.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Morocco's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 190 or go to the nearest hospital. Contact your travel insurer’s 24-hour emergency number as soon as you can.
Call 190 or visit the nearest police station.
Most emergency phone operators don't speak English.
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
You can access passport, notarial and consular services for Australians overseas at the Australian Embassy in Morocco.
You'll need to make an appointment for passport or notarial services. Book online through the website of the Australian Embassy in Morocco.
66, Avenue MehdiBen Barka
Phone: +212 537 543366
Fax: +212 537 656046
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Australian Embassy Morocco
Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact the embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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