The kingdom of Morocco is located in the far Northwest tip of Africa and is the nearest Africa country to Europe, separated from Spain by only 9 miles of Gibraltar straits. It has an area of about 280,000 square miles and boast a coastline of about 2,120 miles.
Morocco is dominated by the Mediterranean climate made temperate by the influence of the Atlantic Ocean in the northern and southern parts of the country. In the center, the climate is continental with significant temperature differences. The Atlas region is moist with frequent snowfalls. In the South, it's the desert climate. In the South, a desert climate prevails. http://www.weatherforecastmap.com/morocco/
TIME : Local time in Morocco is GMT, 7 hours behind Hongkong time.
The official language is Arabic, but a large minority speaks Berber. French is widely spoken throughout the country, except in the northern regions where Spanish is more predominant. English is also understood, particularly in the north and the main tourist areas.
Islam is the official religion in Morocco, but it exists in perfect coexistence with the other religions.
Morocco is the only one country, which accommodate an important population of Jewish people without any problem.
The Moroccan currency is the Dirham (MAD or DH). The Moroccan Dirham cannot be exported or imported. On arrival currency can be exchanged in the airport but, to save queuing, carry small denomination Euro notes for the taxi to the hotel. The Euro has replaced the US Dollar as the currency of the Sahara and can be used on a daily basis for goods and services. Cash and Travellers Cheques can be exchanged at any bank and there is a network of ATMs – retain your transaction receipts as they are required when converting money back into Sterling, Euros etc. on departure.
Most hotels and reputable shops can accept credit cards (even handicraft shops).
On arrival in Morocco your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your intended stay.
Visa is not requested for most European and American citizen.
For the other countries it is advisable to check with the local embassy.
HKSAR passport holders:
No visa is required for HKSAR passport holders. Morocco grants visa-free access for HKSAR Passport holders.
Hong Kong people will be able to visit Morocco for up to 30 days without a visa.
Please ensure that passports should have at least 6 months validity before departure.
“Dress respectfully if you do not wish to attract undue attention” This typically means covering your body between your knees and elbows e.g. trousers, long shorts or skirt to the knee (at least) and short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts.
In summer, loose clothing is comfortable in the heat and when traveling; in spring & autumn, a warm fleece is needed for chilly evenings; and in winter, warm clothing is essential. In large cities such as Marrakech, Fes or Agadir, Moroccans dress as fashionably as they would on High Street in Europe although, in contrast, you will also see women traditionally dressed in derra (hood like scarf that covers all hair and is tied under chin) and jellaba (long-sleeved, ankle-length, flowing dress). In rural areas women usually wear traditional clothes and you are encouraged to dress more conservatively when touring.
Violent crime is not a major problem, but there have been some incidents of theft at knifepoint in major cities and on beaches. Sensible precautions such as avoiding badly lit streets at night should be adhered to. Guides offering their services should display an official badge from the local tourist authorities. Most visits to Morocco are trouble-free, however terrorist attacks have occurred in the past, and visitors are advised to be vigilant.
It's absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind. Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage.
Emergencies: 190 (Police - city); 177 (Police - countryside); 150 (Ambulance).
No vaccinations are required to enter Morocco. It is advisable to drink bottled water outside the main cities and towns and avoid street food. Medical facilities are good in all major towns. Health insurance is essential.
WATER & FOOD
Officially tap water is safe in the larger towns and cities of Morocco although in mountain and desert areas there is a risk of various nasties in the water. However, our advice is to always carry and drink bottled water, avoid having ice in drinks from bars, and avoid eating uncooked food such as salad or seafood especially around the souks.
For food, apply sensible precautions by opting for hot, freshly cooked meals and avoiding raw or stale-looking fish or meat. Always wash your hands before eating.
To play it extra safe against water or food poisoning, it is worth buying some anti-diarrhoea pills before you travel.
Morocco is a Muslim country and it is preferable to keep the wearing of swimsuits, shorts and other revealing clothing to the beach or hotel poolside. Women traveling alone will receive less hassle if dressed conservatively. Smoking is practiced widely, and it is customary to offer cigarettes in social situations. Religious customs should be respected; particularly during the month of Ramadan when eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours should be discreet as it is forbidden by the Muslim culture. The giving and receiving of things, and the eating of food, should only be done with the right hand, as the left is considered unclean. Homosexuality is a criminal offence, and sexual relations outside marriage are also punishable by law.
The international access code for Morocco is +212. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)44 for Marrakech and (0)37 for Rabat. Hotels can add a hefty surcharge to their telephone bills; it is best to check before making long international calls. Two mobile GSM 900 networks cover the north of the country. Internet cafes are widely available in tourist areas. Most of hotels have internet access however there will be charges based on hotels and usually by hourly rate.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within MOROCCO are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
WHAT TO PACK for this trip:-
~ Sun hat, Sun cream (at least factor 20) and Insect repellant
~ Plug adaptor (Morocco uses French styled 2 point sockets)
~Travel insurance (and the provider's helpdesk number saved on your phone)
~Mobile phone with European/ North Africa coverage
~Cereal bars (just in case there is nothing appealing for lunch where you are)
~Salt pills (in the event of diarrhea and dehydration)
~Ear plugs (always pack one pair in your bag)
~Wet-wipes (for hands before eating) and Tissue paper (if planning to visit remote areas of Morocco)
~Photocopy of your passport (in case of loss)
Tipping is considered as part of your guide’s income and depending on how satisfied you are with their service. Suggested US$3 per person per day traveling with a group and US$6 per person per day tipping for driver and the local guide(s) by traveling in a private tour.
More travelling information in Morocco please explore : http://www.visitmorocco.com/index.php/eng/
HEALTH INFORMATION ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm