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Morocco Tours and Vacations
Morocco is a country located in Africa with a population of almost 32 million. Its coast is located on the Atlantic Ocean and its largest city is Casablanca. This country has the Atlas Mountains located in the center. Morocco in South Africa is known for its wild life biodiversity and the fauna specifically. This is one of the main reasons for tourists to flock this country. Morocco has a lot to offer to its tourists as it is a country rich in culture and tradition. The music, the literature, the art and the Arabic dances are a feast to the eyes.
If you plan to visit this country with your family, friends or your spouse, it is advisable to plan the whole trip in advance. An unplanned tour will create a lot of confusion and will make you lose your time and money. If you select the option of travelling with a managed tour and guide you will be able to visit all the important tourist spots without missing out anything. Depending on the number of days you have chosen for your holiday your tour will be planned right from the first day to the last.
Morocco has some remarkable places to visit. Like the Hassan II mosque which is one of the world’s largest mosques. You can also visit Fes which is the spiritual capital of Morocco. When you are in Moroccoyou must visit Medina where you get the finest carpets.
Foreigners desiring to enter Morocco must hold a passport or any other valid document recognized by the State as a travel document (Law n° 02-03, dated 11 November 2003, related to foreigners’ entry to and stay in Morocco).
Travel documents of the citizens from countries subject to the visa formality must bear visas delivered by Moroccan authorities.
The stay in Morocco for tourism shall not exceed three months for foreigners exempted from the visa formality. Others, however, must not overstay their visas.
Foreigners desiring to prolong their stay in Morocco must apply for the permission of the competent Moroccan authority (Directorate General of National Security).
Foreigners desiring to exercise a professional activity may apply for a registration card.
Entry requirements for visitors whose countries are exempted from the visa formality
A – For visitors arriving to Morocco within the framework of a package tour:
Valid passport, covering at least the period of stay in Morocco
An identity card would exceptionally suffice for citizens of the European Union provided the tour be organized by a travel agency for groups of more than three persons, having a reservation form issued by their travel agency in the name of a Moroccan correspondent.
NB: Visitors bringing in their pets must produce certificates attesting to their exemption from diseases. Anti-rabies certificates must be issued at most six months before the entry, while other certificates must be issued at most six days before.
B – Visitors arriving to Morocco individually, in couples or in groups must hold passports or any other valid document recognized by the State as a travel document.
Entry requirements for citizens whose countries are subject to the visa formality
Please note that Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter the Kingdom of Moroccoand may stay up to 90 days: Algeria – Andorra – Argentina – Australia – Austria – Bahrain – Belgium – Brazil – Bulgaria – Canada – Chile – Republic of Congo – Croatia – Cyprus – Czech Republic – Denmark – Estonia – Finland – France – Germany – Great Britain – Greece – Guinea (Conakry) – Hong Kong – Hungary – Iceland – Indonesia – Ireland – Italy – Ivory Coast – Japan – Kuwait – Latvia – Libya – Liechtenstein-Lithuania – Luxemburg – Mali – Malta – Mexico – Monaco – Netherlands – New Zealand – Niger – Norway – Oman – Peru – Philippines – Poland – Puerto Rico – Qatar – Romania – Russian Federation – Saudi Arabia – Senegal – Singapore (Singaporean nationals may stay up to one month without visa) – Slovakia – Slovenia – South Korea – Spain – Sweden – Switzerland – Tunisia – Turkey – United Arab Emirates – United States of America – Venezuela.
Visitors intending to stay in Morocco longer than 90 days, however, should request a permission to extend the duration of their stay at the nearest Police Precinct to their place of residence in Morocco. Citizens from countries not listed above do need a visa. In conformity with the provisions stipulated in the aforementioned law, the travel documents of visitors subject to the visa formality must bear payable visas, delivered by the Moroccan authorities.
After the payment of fees, visas are delivered upon the presentation of the following documents:
Application form duly filled
Identity card and residence permit
Customs facilities for visitors having their residence abroad and staying temporarily in Morocco:
A – Customs formalities:
To ensure a smooth passage through the customs, two distinct areas were established:
A green area: reserved for visitors having nothing to declare to customs
A red area : reserved for visitors having items to declare to customs
B – Duty-free items which may be imported without declaration:
In conformity with the recommendations of the international conventions on the free movement of persons and the temporary admission of the items they bring, and within the framework of the action carried out by the Moroccan Administration to receive tourists (as well as Moroccans living abroad) desiring to spend their holidays in Morocco, visitors shall benefit from temporary admission regime, which allows the importation of goods while suspending the fees and taxes applicable to them.
Health and safety
When traveling the body can be more sensitive before it soon adapts. Remember to wash your hands frequently, do not consume water which has not been opened in front of you and avoid ice cubes. As everywhere else in the world, stomach upsets come from water or food which is not cooked enough or badly washed.
Whereas Morocco is resolutely committed to the path of progress, the modern customs of young people should not make them more familiar and less respectful. Contact should occur with a spirit of openness and respect for traditional customs.
As for any journey, prepare photocopies of your identity papers and keep them separately. Also keep a list of useful telephone numbers, in case you loose your credit card for example. It is always useful to know the details of diplomatic contacts for your country. They can point you towards health professionals. Respect customs, and, of course, applicable laws and regulations.
Relax but be prudent
Safety rules to be observed are common sense. Your valuables and money must be discreet – always try to keep them in pockets close to your body. The safety of tourists is a priority here. The vigilance of the police and the severity of prosecutions represent an effective and highly dissuasive system. Moroccoknows how to take care of its guests.
Beaches or mountains: it is important to know what temperatures and weather conditions to expect at different times of the year.
Visiting in spring
Morocco offers the guaranty of excellent quality sunshine for most of the year. The spring is particularly warm and pleasant. In spring temperatures are around 23-26 °C in Agadir and Marrakech. The trees are in bloom and the mountain peaks still have snow on them… making for fantastic photos.
Visiting in summer
The hot summer temperatures are kept in check on the coast by the sea breeze. On the far side of the upper Atlas mountains, the south of the country experiences high temperatures (38 °C on average). Take advantage of the cool and the exquisite climate of the mountains in summer. For example, as in the Ifrane valley (at 1 650m altitude) with its pastures, woodlands and waterfalls. In Morocco, a suitable climate is never far away, no matter the season!
Visit in winter
The Atlantic and Mediterranean climate provides mild temperatures all year round on the coasts. On the uplands, winter is cold and damp. That is why you can go skiing in the mid-range Atlas mountains which are covered in snow, at the same time that others are swimming in Agadir!
Visit in fall/autumn
This is the season for rest: nights are longer and temperatures fall inland. The winter rains have not yet arrived and it is still pleasant to swim in the sea
The national currency in Morocco is the dirham. It cannot be converted outside the Kingdom’s borders, so don’t forget to exchange money or bring other means of payment.
The importation and exportation of Moroccan currency is strictly forbidden. However there is no limit on the importation of foreign currency. On presentation of your exchange permit, you can exchange the international currency of your choice for dirhams.
Where can you change money?
There are bureaux de change in airports, certain hotels and most banks. Some counters require your passport for the transaction. Remember to change the dirhams you have left before leaving. You cannot do this for more than 50% of the amount exchanged for your vacation.
Advantage of credit/charge cards
Find out from your bank where you can withdraw cash with your credit/charge card. Banking establishments in large Moroccan cities are often equipped with ATMs. Exchange money as you need it. The vast majority of purchases or services are paid for in cash, after the usual negotiation…
Being in possession of a valid passport is compulsory. Whether you need a visa depends on your nationality. Embassies and consulates can direct you before and during your journey.
To avoid any misunderstandings during your stay in Morocco, check that you have a valid passport in your possession.
Learn About Casablanca, Fez and Marrakech
Cities We Serve in Morocco
Marrakech has stood for close to a thousand years, a city of history and culture.
One of the most evocative places in the world, just the name conjures up images of this cultural melting pot – sandstone buildings, dusty streets and towering minarets against deep blue skies immediately spring to mind.
Known as The Red City thanks to the hue of the thick walls surrounding the old city, Marrakech has been a popular tourist destination in Morocco since the 1960s, attracting everyone from the Beatles to Sienna Miller. It’s a place to engage the senses, nowhere more so than in the famous souks. These vibrant markets are a whirlwind of color and noise, where throngs of people weave between tightly packed stalls exhibiting pyramids of brightly colored spices, richly woven rugs and a thousand other exotic goods. Enticing smells waft through the souks, and the clamor of voices haggling and the cries of vendors competing for customers provides a constant backing track to the city.
It’s almost impossible to walk through Marrakech for more than five minutes without finding some architectural wonder to marvel at. From the exquisite gardens to the intricately carved archways to the ornate mosques, this is a city that displays its history in its man-made environment. The Medina in particular is a sight to behold: designated a UNESCO World Heritage Center it’s a wonderful mix of Amazigh, Arabic and Moorish architecture.
When it comes to entertainment, Marrakech blends cultures to magical effect. Jemaa El-Fnaa is the busiest square in the whole of Africa, packed with fire-eaters, cross-dressing belly dancers, Amazigh acrobats, astrologers, and a hundred other types of street entertainers. Marrakech also plays host to many festivals such as the Dakka Marrakchia, the Popular Arts Festival and the Marrakech Biennale.
A more relaxed time can be had on one of Marrakech’s fine golf courses, or for a delightful pampering experience then seek out one of the many hammams that are a specialty of the city.
Casablanca is probably Morocco’s most famous city, only rivaled by Marrakech, but you can put all black and white thoughts of Bogart and Bergman aside; this is a living, breathing city that will draw you to its heart. It’s a cosmopolitan place packed with art galleries, fine restaurants, top fashion designers and cutting edge nightlife. At the same time it’s full of striking architecture such as the Hassan II mosque and the Mahkama du Pacha. You can spend time and money in the old medina or the giant shopping mall that’s the largest in Africa. Casablanca is a cultural melting pot, a progressive city that welcomes visitors with open arms.
Fez is an Imperial City that has stood in the north of Morocco for a thousand years. Within its sturdy walls you’ll find the place where old Morocco still exists – in the elaborate architecture, the historic medina and the throngs of people that make their home here.
Walk through high walled streets, watch the daily procession of mourners entering the tomb of Fez’s founder Moulay Idriss II, and see the ornate carvings and mosaics on every surface; it’s easy to understand why Fez is called the spiritual heart of Morocco. Time seems to have stopped in large parts of this city, nowhere else can you find such a strong link to the kingdom’s past.
But it’s not a place untouched by modern comforts – there are plenty of five star hotels to stay in and restaurants to eat at. Fez is an inspiring blend of old and new.
Destination Wedding Requirements:
When to Go: Anytime but August
Residency Requirement: None, but processing the below paperwork takes about a month
Necessary Documents: Passport; if divorced, proof of dissolution of any previous Marriage(s); if former spouse is deceased, death certificate; a completed/signed affidavit of nationality and eligibility to marry; original birth certificate; police record. All of the documents except your birth certificate and passport need to be translated into Arabic.
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