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Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Practical Morocco Travel Tips Information

Guides and Drivers

Regulations govern guides, drivers and vehicles licensed to work with tourists in Morocco. Each driver and vehicle has to be registered and carry the associated permits.  Police checkpoints regularly stop and check for the correct paperwork. Guides are licensed according to district and activity: ie: mountain guides, Marrakesh city guides, etc.

You will be approached by a self-proclaimed guides – commonly known as “false guides”. Most false guides are just trying to make a small tip and mean you no harm but they can be relentless and persistent in their offer to guide you.  False guides are practiced and skilful and you will need to be firm in your insistence that you do not want a guide.  If the harassment continues, do make an obvious attempt to seek out a policeman. You can ask at a nearby shop where you can find the police –  strict controls have been brought in where being hassled is illegal and the tourist police are constantly on patrol to ensure this is adhered to.

We do highly recommend that you consider hiring a licensed guide for tours in Fes and Marrakech. Not only will you not get continually lost, the authorised guides have considerable knowledge of the history and architecture and will ensure you get to experience the many different areas of the medina. The guide will get a commission on anything that you buy. You can make it clear to the guide at the start of the tour what, if any, shopping you are interested in.


Most services are performed with the aim of getting a few dirham, but aggressive hustling shouldn’t be rewarded.  Generally a tip of 10 to 20 dirham is suitable for porters, direction givers and photo posers.  Restaurants, bars, clubs and coffee shop staff expect tips from tourists and Moroccans. Assuming satisfactory service, this is usually 2-5 Moroccan dirham for small checks, and around 10% for larger checks. Most hospitality staff are not paid very well, so they rely heavily on tips for their income. A tip of 10 to 20% is usual practice for drivers and guides.

Begging: You will see people begging on the streets and you should consider giving your loose change. Persistent begging is not encouraged, and once you have refused, if the requests continue, it is OK to ignore them and move on. We do not encourage giving money or sweets to children as this may encourage them to beg and become too trusting of strangers.


Temperatures in Morocco are generally high, particularly during the summer months (May to September), when the sun can be fierce and temperatures are at industrial levels, so take plenty of sunscreen, cover up and drink lots of water!   In winter (October to February), it does become cooler, especially in the evenings – so take a jacket, long-sleeved tops and trousers. In the High Atlas and the desert it can become very cold in winter, especially at night and some peaks can remain snow capped from November to July. Pack plenty of warm clothes. We recommend you check the five day weather forecast online before packing to get an accurate idea of the temperature. Check the weather !


Visa Requirements: Passport holders from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom do not need a visa to enter Morocco.  For passport holders from other countries check VISAS ! If not sure GET VISA!

Currency: Moroccan Dirham. Check the Exchange Rate ! European EUROS can be used in most places and ATM’s are available for Credit Card transactions. It is best to have multiple cards available in case of Banking problems.

Electricity: Morocco voltage is 220V, 50 Hz (two pin round plugs).  Always check your laptop or electronic items to make sure they can handle 100-240 volts

Mobile phones and WIFI: Morocco has excellent coverage for mobile phones on the GSM system and you will be surprised where they do work. Naturally there are areas with no signal (parts of the mountains and desert). Most villages also have pay phones where there is someone in attendance and with vast piles of coins to feed into the phone.

Email and Internet: The internet is very well served in the big cities with Broadband systems and there are internet cafés all over. An hour in an internet café is about €1. Outside of the cities you will be surprised by where you will find access to the internet. In keeping with Europe etc, modern hotels can charge large sums to access Wi-Fi so ask for the rate first.


Ramadan is in the 9th and most important month in the Islamic Calendar. During this time Muslims abstain from eating, drinking or smoking until after sundown on each day. As a traveller of course you don’t need to follow this, but some Muslims appreciate that you don’t take meals or smoke in public places. Many restaurants and cafes won’t open until after sundown and public transport may be less frequent, shops close earlier before sunset and the pace of life is generally slower.  Check the dates for Ramadan and other Muslim holidays


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