Fast Facts: Morocco

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

Please see specific entry requirements provided by our partner, VisaHQ.

In general, to travel abroad, U.S. citizens must have a passport which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

October-December and March-May are really Morocco’s best seasons, when temperatures average in the low 70s F/24 C. January and February can be cool and rainy—bad beach weather—and only the best hotels have central heating (because of the generally moderate or warm climate). The summer shouldn’t be ruled out: Although the average summer temperature in Marrakesh and Fez can be around 100 F/38 C, the coastal cities (Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier) remain comfortable (low 80s F/27-29 C), if somewhat humid. South of the Atlas Mountains, temperatures increase greatly. Take along at least a sweater year-round for evenings in higher elevations and the desert, and take along warm and waterproof clothes December-March.

Check out the current weather conditions in Morocco.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no vaccination requirements for travelers.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The local currency is the dirham, and you cannot buy or sell it outside of Morocco, so you'll need to covert it on arrival. No commission is charged to change money, and you will be given a slip which is required to change any remaining dirhams back into the original currency. Do not change money in the streets, as it is illegal.

The local currency in Morocco is the dirham. Please review the current exchange rate on the Dirham.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Tip 10% in restaurants and cafes.

What are the best items to shop for?

Morocco is best known for wool carpets and leather goods but most of what is sold is of poor quality. (A quick test for real wool is to take a small tuft from the carpet and burn it with a match or lighter. If it smells like burning plastic, it’s acrylic fiber.) Other items available include gems, fossils from the Sahara, thuya wood carvings, pottery, mosaic tiles, beaten brass, silk, hand-embroidered clothing, copperware, silver and gold.

What are the voltage requirements?

127/220 volts. Plugs C & E. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.