The Moroccan government requires that passports be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to the country. On arrival, passports will be stamped with the date and an entrance number, valid for stays of up to 90 days. No entry or exit fees are charged.
Most nationalities including those from the UK, European Union countries, US and Canada do not need a visa to enter Morocco as a tourist. If you are unsure if you require one you should contact a Moroccan Embassy.
The Moroccan dirham is a controlled currency and not usually possible to obtain outside of Morocco. The most convenient way to obtain dirhams is through an ATM. There are many banks with ATMs all over Marrakech. Daily withdrawal limits are usually around 3,000 dirhams. Ensure you advise your card issuer that you are travelling to Morocco or they may block your card.
National currencies can be exchanged at official currency exchange offices, found at the airport, most banks and major hotels. While a lot of prices in Morocco are quoted in euros, there is no benefit to bringing euros over GBP sterling, as all major currencies are readily exchanged.
Some credit cards are accepted in larger restaurants, hotels, guest houses and the occasional shop in the souks. If hiring a car, have cash on hand to pay for petrol.
Buying food from street vendors carries some degree of risk, and tap water should not be drunk, although it's fine for brushing teeth. There is plenty of bottled water available throughout the country. Morocco is basically malaria-free.
No vaccinations are required by law but Typhoid and Hepatitis A are two that are strongly recommended. It is also a good idea to be up to date with polio and tetanus vaccines.
Morocco is an Islamic country and the general advice is to be modest in what you wear. To avoid unwelcome attention, it is best to avoid short skirts, short shorts or tank tops. Shorts that arrive close to the knee are acceptable.
Geographically, Morocco ranges from the Mediterranean in the north to the Sahara in the south. General seasonal temperatures are as follows:
Autumn/Winter - mid November to mid February. Mostly warm (15-25°C), can be very chilly in evenings and it may rain, but rarely for long periods.
Spring/Late Summer - March, April, May, September, October. Perfect warm temperatures (25-35°C) in Marrakech and the south, warm evenings and very little chance of rain.
High Summer - June, July, August. Can be very hot in Marrakech and the south (up to 50°C), pleasant in mountains and on the coast. Mornings are best for sightseeing and afternoons for sunbathing/pool or a siesta. Wonderful long warm evenings.
220 volts at Dar Zaman. Continental Europe adapters will be required for UK visitors.