All the facts you need to know about the country itself.
Full Country Name: The Kingdom of Morocco
Area: 446,550 km
Population: 34.6 million (UN 2015)
Borders: Algeria is closed and Mauritania is open but has no public transport
Religion: Majority Islam
Time Zone: Standard time is one hour in advance of Greenwich Mean Time
Languages: Arabic (official), Berber, French and Spanish
Country Dialling Code: +212
When to Travel
When to Travel
There is no right time to travel to Morocco, just the right time for you! Here we go through the benefits and downsides of each season.
Spring: March - May
This is when Morocco is at its best. The country is lush and green and the weather is comfortable.
Summer: May – September
- Strictly speaking Morocco is hot and sunny for the best part of the year but in the summer temperatures soar and it can become uncomfortable.
- We would advise avoiding the desert areas between late May and early September.
Autumn: September - November
- At this time of the year the heat of summer has eased and it is a very pleasant climate.
Winter: November – February
- If you are travelling in winter, head for the south, although be prepared for cold nights.
- The north coast and the Rif Mountains are frequently wet and cloudy in winter and early spring.
Here is the “need to know” information about visas for Morocco.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO MOROCCO?
- At the time of writing, no visa for Morocco is required for travellers on Australian Passports.
- Visitors must also be in possession of onward travel documents and have sufficient funds for the duration of their stay.
- You must hold return or onward flight tickets.
- It is important to have two blank pages side by side in your passport for the entry and exit stamps to be issued. If there is insufficient space, entry into the country may be denied.
Please double check this information with Bench Africa or your travel agent as this may change at any time.
- Money Matters
Although electricity in Africa is a lot more reliable than it used to be, here’s what you need to be aware of.
VOLTAGE & FREQUENCY
- In Morocco the general voltage is 220 and the frequency is 50 Hz.
- As the sockets can vary a ‘Travellers Adaptor Set’ is recommended.
- Voltage sometimes fluctuates and whilst power cuts are rare, they are not unknown. It is useful to carry a torch.
Tipping is a delicate and sensitive issue and many people ask us for tipping guidelines, here is all the information you should require.
Tipping is usually considered customary in Africa although not as widespread as the United States or Europe. It is always at your discretion. If you feel that someone has gone the extra mile to make your stay more enjoyable, a tip would be considered a nice way of saying thank you.
To help you budget for your trip, the following is given as a guideline only (shown in US Dollars):
Driver (per person per full day) $5.00
Guide (per person per full day) $10.00
Camp Staff (per person per day) $5.00
Hotel porters (per bag) $1.00
Restaurant (per person per meal) $1.00
A la carte dining (% of bill) 10%
Here are some numbers you might need.
Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco
17 Terrigal Crescent, O’Malley , ACT 2606, Australia
Tel: +61 2 6282 4436 or +61 2 6290 0766
Embassy of Canada to Morocco in Rabat
13, bis rue Jaâfa-as-Sadik, Agdal Rabat, Morocco
Tel: +212 537 687 400 or Tel: +230 2020 0160
Australia does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Morocco so we suggest you contact the Embassy of Canada.
- Additional Costs
Is Morocco the right choice for you and your family? Here’s what you need to know about travelling with children:
- Morocco is a very welcoming destination for families with children.
- Morocco captures the imagination of both big and little kids, offering something for everyone.
- There are many hotels that are child-friendly but some that aren’t so it is advisable to speak to one of our Africa Specialists to get some guidance on the best accommodation for you and your clan.
Here are our recommendations to thumb through either before you leave for your trip to Morocco, or whilst on safari:
- Amazir: A Noel of Morocco: Tom Gamble
- The Caliph’s House – A Year in Casablanca: Tahir Shah
- The House in Morocco: Rosalind Brackenbury
- The Road to Fez: Ruth Knafo Setton
- Berber Odes – Poetry from the Mountains of Morocco: Michael Peyron
Here is a little more information that we think you will find useful to know if you are travelling to Morocco.
Customs and Beliefs
- Moroccans are religious people.
- Islamic practices affect all aspects of life, especially in more remote communities.
- As in all Islamic communities the call to prayer will be heard several times a day.
- Visitors should respect religious sensitivity, particularly in the matter of dress and public conduct.
- Women, in particular, should wear appropriate clothing.
- Eating, drinking and smoking in public during the holy month of Ramadan should be avoided, as it is forbidden by the Muslim culture.
- Alcohol is available only at licensed hotels and restaurants.