Morocco Travel FAQs

Do I need a visa to travel to Morocco?

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, Americans and British citizens do not require a visa to visit Morocco for stays up to 90 days. All other nationalities should check with the Moroccan Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information.

* Single Supplement

Single supplement is available on most trips for a fee, with possible exceptions. 

*Complimentary arrival/ Depart Transfers.

Complimentary arrival transfer is included on most trips on the specific date (individual for each tour), but please note it has to be confirmed. Please advise your exact arrival details; flight number, date and time. We will be unable to provide complimentary transfer without these details.

* Single Supplement

Single supplement is available on most trips for a fee, with possible exceptions. 

*Complimentary arrival/ Depart Transfers.

Complimentary arrival transfer is included on most trips on the specific date (individual for each tour), but please note it has to be confirmed. Please advise your exact arrival details; flight number, date and time. We will be unable to provide complimentary transfer without these details.

What is the internet access like in Morocco?

Morocco’s cities have internet access available in internet cafes and hotel lobbies, the access in the rooms varies. Less internet access is available in rural areas, so be prepared to be really patient or ‘disconnect’ when traveling out of Morocco’s big cities.

What are the toilets like in Morocco?

Morocco’s toilets are a mixture of modern flushable toilets and squat toilets, so be prepared to encounter both. Carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren’t always provided.

We do our best to stop at the clean and comfortable toilets when possible.

What will it cost for a…?

Mint tea = 5-10 MAD

Coffee- 10-20mad

Fresh juice = 10-15 MAD

Basic meal = 50 MAD ( Note: our stomach handles  Moroccan food in different ways 🙂 you may want to make sure to eat in the right place …

Expensive meal = 450 MAD

In my experience Morocco is the most challenging place to shop.Prices vary so much between places that is very confusing. I asked my Moroccan friends how they deal with it- they say it’s simple; when you’re interested in something, think what it’s worth to you!

I adopted their suggestions.

Your bargaining talent is important. Always do it with respect and a smile 🙂

Please take responsibility for your own decisions, shopping and expenses.

*Commission 

The receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry.(and in most of the world) In an effort to best control and monitor shopping and activities with an aim for the best experience possible, we have established a system of carefully selected shopping experiences and activities based on positive feedbacks from our previous travelers. Please note that if you feel that you do not wish to shop in on these shopping experiences we assure you there is no obligation and if you indicate your desire to not partake your group leader will help to facilitate a suitable alternative during this time.

We’ve created systems which distribute towards locals as tips, for drinking water, gifts and leader bonuses.

While Mugical Morocco endeavors to ensure that these suppliers and services maintain reasonable levels of quality and prices please note recommended suppliers are chosen based on past travelers feedback and experiences and we cannot explicitly guarantee the quality of the product nor the price.

It is your responsibility to account for your own shopping.

We do our best that the experience of you our traveller is not compromised in any way. Please let us know via the feedback after your trip if we are successfully meeting this objective.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Morocco?

Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops, hotels and restaurants, although smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept cash.

Remember to tell your bank about your travel dates and destination so they will allow you to use your c/c overseas.

Seeing that banks have too much power and control over our life and the world, maybe using cash is a better education for the future… It is your personal decision, choice and responsibility.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling in Morocco?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Mugical Morocco are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Best to purchase it at same time of purchasing air tickets. After a certain date (about 2 months before the trip) if anything happens, your ONLY source of claim is through the travel insurance you purchased. Mugical Morocco will not be responsible. (In our experience it is rare cases but it did happen. Make sure to cover and insure your expenses of the tour & medical insurance) Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

What is considered “appropriate” for women tourists to wear?

Morocco is pretty liberal and you can wear anything you choose, pants, tank top.. However, I suggest to cover shoulders and have a scarf if needed to cover more and for sun and sweat… That way you get more respect from the locals and less stares and attention…

 The evening in Casablanca, by the Atlantic ocean may be breezy… most other places I hardly ever needed a jacket, but a good idea to have one warm clothing or a jacket.

I’d suggest to bring one set of very nice clothes for if we’re in a special event..it’s nice to be dressed up for the concerts… lots of European influence and fashion… most of the days I wear nice and comfortable, light clothes…

Rain jacket may be helpful at times.

Electrical specs for Morocco?
Food?

Moroccan food is delicious and varied: Variety of salads, couscous, veggies, fruits, seafood, poultry, lamb, goat, beef… bread and sweets…

we will mostly eat at traditional restaurants. 

Our tours are also Culinary Tours ! we pay attention to what we eat and we choose good 🙂

If any interested, we can go to a specially gourmet restaurants, on a request basis , if possible.

If you’re vegetarian, please let me know and remember to communicate it every day to make sure you get what you want.

We promise to order it and do our best on our part but from experience I know the best (if not the only way:)) is to personally request it, face to face at present time.

*Commission

The receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry.(and in most of the world) In an effort to best control and monitor shopping and activities with an aim for the best experience possible, we have established a system of carefully selected shopping experiences and activities based on positive feedbacks from our previous travelers. Please note that if you feel that you do not wish to shop in on these shopping experiences we assure you there is no obligation and if you indicate your desire to not partake your group leader will help to facilitate a suitable alternative during this time.

We’ve created systems which distribute towards locals as tips, for drinking water, gifts and leader bonuses.

While Mugical Morocco endeavors to ensure that these suppliers and services maintain reasonable levels of quality and prices please note recommended suppliers are chosen based on past travelers feedback and experiences and we cannot explicitly guarantee the quality of the product nor the price.

It is your responsibility to account for your own shopping.

We do our best that the experience of you our traveller is not compromised in any way. Please let us know via the feedback after your trip if we are successfully meeting this objective.

*Money Exchange

US Dollar $1 = about 10 MAD (Moroccan Dirham), it changes every day, you may ck on line.

https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?From=USD&To=MAD 

We can exchange us $ at the airport and along the way.

If you bring cash, bring newer $100 bills with the blue/purple stripe. (they will not accept older bills)

Is tipping customary in Morocco?

While tipping isn’t mandatory in Morocco, rounding up the bill and leaving spare change at restaurants and cafes is generally standard practice. Taxi drivers and porters will also accept tips, 10-20 dirham is usually sufficient in this case.

I like to promote tipping in Morocco as a little effort from us, means a lot to the moroccans and their life style.

Tipping are relative to the person, duty and place: for teh person in the bathroom 1-2 mad may be sufficient. For the driver who visits many tourist places and expenses are higher, I found $10 a day is customary, for the musicians and musical bands that perform for us-think of it as a concert ticket, for the guides along the way 10-100mad, the lady who cleaned your room 10-20mad, the person who carry your suitcase-10-20mad … most important to remember-it is not mandatory, it is a personal choice according to the service you received and how it made you feel…

Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Morocco?

Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Morocco’s cities and metropolitan areas, although expect limited coverage in remote or mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone while in Morocco.

You may purchase local sim card in airport and small shops along the way.

Can I drink the water in Morocco?

Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in Morocco.

However, I know people who do and they are fine. 

Never met anyone who got hurt from washing and brushing teeth.

How much money shall we bring?

*** Almost everything is included in most tours (varies) but one meal (sometimes lunch and sometimes dinner) a day, entrance fees and tips.

I’d estimate $15 a meal (in order to eat in clean and safe places, we eat at places that the cost is very much like here in the us) $20 tips a day for the musicians, it’s customary to tip the driver and guide $10 a day each + other tips through the day at hotels, when.coffee… , + any other things you may want to buy…

(Rough high estimate $50 a day)

Please note, I did not make up these rules. these numbers are from my experience and from common practices in the travel world and in Morocco…

What is ATM access like in Morocco?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Mugical Morocco are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Best to purchase it at same time of purchasing air tickets. After a certain date (about 2 months before the trip) if anything happens, your ONLY source of claim is through the travel insurance you purchased. Mugical Morocco will not be responsible. (In our experience it is rare cases but it did happen. Make sure to cover and insure your expenses of the tour & medical insurance) Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

What public holidays are celebrated in Morocco?
For a current list of public holidays in Morocco go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/morocco/public-holidays
Dates are different each year as they are according to Islamic calendar. The Ramadan is a month holidays where they fast during the day and feast at night…make sure it will not effect your tour.
Tourists are not recommended to eat/drink in public places during the day.
Luggage?

As we travel, every day or two we need to cary our luggage on /off the bus, so I suggest to pack light -it makes it easier.

Alcohol & substance

Although Morocco is a muslim country and restrictions apply to alcohol consumption in certain areas, there are still many places, hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, shops to enjoy a drink.

Please drink responsibly.

NO drugs or illegal substances allowed on our tours!

If caught, You may be kicked off the tour with no refund!

Responsible Travel

Mugical Morocco is committed to traveling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It’s important to remember that what may be acceptable behavior, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while traveling.

Responsible travel tips for Morocco

  1. Be considerate of Morocco’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, when entering places of worship.
  3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It’s meant to be fun!
  5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  8. Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims aren’t expected to fast, it’s recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.