Do you need a visa to travel to Morocco? What are the other conditions to visit Morocco? To answer these questions, I made a small list of all the useful information.
Citizens of around 70 countries can enter Morocco visa-free for up to 90 days. Here is the list of the visa-free countries.
Citizens of Republic of the Congo, Guinea and Mali do not require a visa but must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization in advance to enter Morocco.
To enter Morocco, you MUST have a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for six months following the date of entry. If your passport validity is coming to an end, do not risk entering Morocco. The police might let you in if your passport is valid only for 3 months following the entry, but it’s a bit risky.
Never exceed your stay in Morocco for more than 90 days. If you do so, you must go to the police station, pay a fine and even go to the court requesting forgiveness :)))) Not worth it!
Can you extend your stay in Morocco for more than 3 months? The only way is to obtain the carte Sejour (the staying card). It’s not easy to get this card, you need either to be employed in Morocco, or to open your own company, or to be married to Moroccan.
Many expats don’t have patients to collect all the papers and simply leave the country every 3 months. It’s enough to leave Morocco for 1 day, or even for a few hours (more questions, though), to expend your 3 months stay. Many foreigners drive to Ceuta, the Spanish city in Nord of Morocco, do shopping and comes back after a few hours.
To get into from the Marrakech airport to the Marrakech centre (I call center the Medina/old town), you can use a public shuttle bus, private airport transfer or a taxi. The airport bus line 19 operates from 6.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. The bus leaves from the stop located after the parking lot. The price is 30 MAD one way, and 50 MAD to return (around 3&5 euros). More about how to get from Marrakech airport to the city centre read in my post here.
No! Drones are BANNED in Morocco. If you bring a drone to Morocco, you will not be able to get it back. More information here.
First of all, to change money anywhere in Morocco, you will need to provide your passport. The exchange rate at the airports is not the best. It’s common that at the airport instead of cash they will give you a special temporary bank card.
My advice, change some part of cash the airport and the rest in the city or use your bank card. There are many ATM’s in all cities and you will save a hustle carrying a lot of cash. And always check the change!
In the Marrakech Menara airport, next to the luggage pick up place, you will find a few companies selling Moroccan SIM cards (also will need to provide your passport). Last time I saw Orange and Inwi booths. I would go for Orange.
Don’t forget to insert the new SIM card on the spot and ask assistance to top it up. More info about SIM cards and Internet in Morocco you can find in my article Stay Online when travelling in Morocco: SIM and Internet.
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