General Information

General Information

MARHBABIKOUM, Welcome to Marrakech

Marrakech, a former imperial city in western Morocco, and a major economic center home to mosques, palaces and gardens. The medina is a densely populated, fortified medieval city dating back to the Berber Empire, with intertwining maze-like alleys, where bustling souks (markets) sell traditional fabrics, pottery and jewelry

Visa Requirements for Morocco

Whether or not you need a visa for Morocco depends on your nationality. Citizens of several countries are exempt from Morocco visa requirements – which means they can travel to Morocco without having to obtain a visa beforehand. This includes the US, EU, Japan, Australia, etc.

Visa-exempted countries

If you are from one of the following countries, you do not need a visa for Morocco for stays of up to 90 days (except the ones otherwise specified) :

Algeria, Lithuania, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Australia, Malta, Saudi Arabia, Maldives*, Argentina, Mexico, Belgium, Niger, Bahrain, Norway, Malaysia**, Zealand news, Brazil, Oman, Bulgaria, Portugal, Burkina Faso, Netherlands, Ivory Coast, Philippines, Canada, Peru, Chile, Poland, China, Puerto Rico, Cyprus, Qatar, Colombia, Macao, Czech Republic, South Korea, Romania, Croatia, San Marino, Denmark, Slovakia, Spain + Andorra, Senegal, Estonia, Singapore, United States of America, Switzerland, United  Arab Emirates, Slovenia, Russian Federation, Sweden, Finland, Tunisia, France + Monaco, Turkey, Gabon, United Kingdom, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Indonesia, Japan, Hong-Kong*, Hungary**, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein.

*Citizens can only stay in Morocco for up to 30 days.

** Citizens can only stay in Morocco for up to 90 days

Exempted countries that need an electronic travel autorisation to Morocco

Only citizens of the following countries are eligible to obtain a Morocco visa online (ie. the Morocco Electronic Travel Authorization):

  • Republic of the Congo
  • Guinea
  • Mali

If you are from one of the aforementioned countries, you can obtain the electronic authorization entirely online. After your application is processed and accepted, you have to print it and show it at the point of entry in Morocco as well as when you leave.

You can apply for the Morocco ETA from anywhere in the world. From the following link : https://www.acces-maroc.ma/#/

How to Travel to Morocco if I Don’t Need a Visa ?

If you are from one of the countries listed above, then you don’t have to apply for a Morocco visa before you travel. Instead, you can simply travel with:

If you want to extend your stay, you may request an extension at the nearest Police Precinct in Morocco.

Morocco Visa Application Form

The first document you need is a Morocco Visa Application Form. You can download the form online from the website of the Moroccan embassy or consulate in which you apply, or you can get it in person at the embassy/consulate.

The application form has around 30 questions, including:

  • Your name, sex, and age
  • Your nationality and place of residence
  • Passport information
  • Your profession
  • The details of your travel
  • Whether you have had any previous visas for Morocco
  • Contact information

You must complete the application form completely and truthfully, then sign it before enclosing it with the other documents.

Passport

The most crucial of the Morocco visa requirements is a valid passport. You should submit your original passport with your other documents because that’s where the Moroccan authorities will affix your visa. Your passport must be valid for at least another six months and have 1-2 blank visa pages.

Also, submit clear photocopies of your passport’s relevant pages, such as the personal information page, the expiry and issue dates, and any previous visas.

Passport-size pictures

You also need about four recent pictures of yourself. The Morocco visa photo requirements are as follows:

  • Size: 35mm x 45mm
  • Background: Light grey or light blue
  • Colored
  • You must have a neutral facial expression, staring ahead
  • Do not wear glasses
  • Do not wear headgear, unless it is for religious purposes (even so, make sure it does not cover your facial features)
  • The pictures must be of high quality, meaning no glare, no under- or over-exposure, no blurriness and no editing
  • The pictures must be printed in good quality photo paper

Return flight ticket

Another Morocco visa requirement is the return flight ticket. You must have a booked or paid flight ticket, scheduled within 90 days (or for however long your visa is issued for).

This is to be able to prove to the visa-issuing authorities that you intend to return to your country afterward.

Or, alternatively, if you’re not going to return to your country of residence, include a flight ticket for onward travel.

Proof of accommodation

You must also include proof of accommodation in Morocco. This can be a hotel reservation or another type of tourist accommodation.

Or, if you’re going to stay with a host, include a notarized letter of invitation from them.

Proof of sufficient financial means

You may be required to submit proof you have sufficient financial means to cover the duration of your stay, for example in the form of bank statements.

Travel health insurance

Anyone who travels to Morocco is advised to obtain travel insurance. This being said, not every Moroccan representative office will require that you submit proof of travel health insurance for Morocco along with your visa application, but they might. Morocco is just one of the countries in the world that require travelers to obtain travel insurance as a part of their visa application.

Proof of paid Morocco visa fee

Depending on where you’re applying, the method of payment for a Moroccan visa also changes. You may be required to pay in cash at the embassy or consulate, or through a bank transfer beforehand, in which case, you will need the payment receipt.

The visa fees for Morocco are as follows:

  • For a single entry (up to 90 days): DH220 (appx. $23)
  • For two entries (up to 90 days): DH330 (appx. $34)
  • Transit visa: DH170 (appx. $18)

Morocco Visa Document Guidelines

You will have to legalize several of your documents, especially if you are applying for a long-term visa and residence card. The documents you have to legalize include civil status documents, academic qualifications and diplomas, the certificate of police clearance, and even your passport in some cases.

You can legalize the documents either by an Apostille Stamp (if you’re from a country included in the Apostille Convention) or at a Moroccan Consulate or Embassy.

Additionally, you will most likely have to translate several of your documents, either in Arabic, English or French. Consult the Moroccan embassy/consulate for more specific language requirements.

If you will be attending a conference :

    • Invitation from the organizers of the event
    • If you’re a governmental worker: Your Mission Order

How to Apply for a Morocco Visa ?

You must apply for a Morocco visa at a Moroccan diplomatic mission in your country. The exact application process changes depending on your country and the Moroccan representative office. However, it can be summed up as follows:

  1. Make an appointment at the Morocco consulate or embassy.
  2. Complete the Morocco visa application form.
  3. Gather the required documents.
  4. Submit them at the Moroccan embassy or consulate.
  5. Pay the visa fee.
  6. Wait for the Morocco visa to be processed.
  7. Get the visa.

Make an appointment

Depending on where you’re applying from, you may be able to make an appointment online, but you may also have to appear in person or make a call.

Most representative offices will not accept your application if you do not have an appointment.

Some Moroccan embassies, however, have outsourced visa applications to private agencies. If that is the case, you may have to contact the relevant visa application agency to start the process of obtaining a Morocco visa.

Complete the Morocco Visa Application Form

You can get an application form for the Morocco Visa at the embassy or consulate in which you apply or you can download it through their website.

You must complete the Morocco Visa Application Form completely and truthfully, and then sign it. You may also have to attach a picture of yourself if it so indicates.

Gather the required documents

Along with the application form, you must submit several other documents that support your visa application.

Submit the application

Once you have all the required documents, you have to submit them at the Moroccan embassy or consulate. In most cases, you have to submit them yourself, in-person.

However, depending on the country and the specific situation, you may be able to submit your application through a legal representative or by mail. If you apply by mail, you also have to include a prepaid, self-addressed special delivery envelope so they can return your passport.

You have to ask the office in which you’re applying for more details regarding visa application submission.

Pay the Morocco visa fee

At the time of application, you also have to pay a visa processing fee. The Morocco visa fees are as follows:

  • For a single entry (up to 90 days): DH220 (appx. $23)
  • For two entries (up to 90 days): DH330 (appx. $34)
  • Transit visa: DH170 (appx. $18)

Wait for the Morocco visa to be processed

In most cases, the Morocco visa processing time is two weeks (10 business days), but it may take longer depending on a case-to-case basis. For example, if you’re missing any documents or it is a busy time of year, the processing time could be longer.

Additionally, if you have a non-ordinary travel document, your visa could take longer to be processed, so take that into account.

Receive the Morocco visa

If your application is approved, the visa-issuing authorities will affix a Morocco visa sticker into your passport, allowing you to travel to Morocco.

If you applied in person, you have to go pick up your passport. If you applied by mail, the Moroccan embassy/consulate will mail the passport back to you.

How to Apply for a Morocco Visa if There is no Moroccan Diplomatic representation in Your Country ?

If there is no Moroccan embassy or consulate where you live, then you must see if the Moroccan government has outsourced visa submissions to another diplomatic authority in your country or to a visa application agency.

If this also does not apply, then you may have to apply directly to the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rabat.

In this case, you can apply via mail, and if your visa is approved, you’d be able to receive it at the airport.

Can I Apply for a Morocco Visa On Arrival ?

No, you cannot. Morocco does not have a Visa On Arrival available. All visas for Morocco have to be obtained before you travel unless you are exempt from visa requirements. Only visa-exempt nationals are eligible to travel without priorly obtaining the Morocco visa.

Visa Information Contacts :

Health Information

The Kingdom of Morocco has reopened its sea and air borders and travelers, under certain conditions, can access Moroccan territory if they have a valid vaccination passport or a negative PCR test.

What are the steps to be taken by travelers to come to morocco ?

Travelers wishing to travel to Morocco, by any means, must present a health form, to be downloaded online before boarding, duly completed. It is also distributed on board the airport or ship.

They must also present a valid vaccination passport or a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from all requirements

For more information participants may wish to visit the website travel safety : https://www.visitmorocco.com/en/travel-info/covid-19-travel-safely-to-morocco

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Citizens should exercise caution in any decisions about international travel, taking account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad. Anyone considering travelling abroad should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.

Travel to Morocco

All arriving passengers over 18 years old must present a valid vaccine passport or a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72hrs before boarding.

A valid vaccine passport must contain proof of three doses. A vaccine passport of two doses will be accepted if no more than 4 months has passed since the second dose was received. (One dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine is equivalent to two doses of other vaccines).

Randomly selected passengers may be subject to a rapid antigen test at the airport on arrival.

All passengers travelling to Morocco by ferry require either a valid vaccination pass or a PCR test less than 72 hours old.

Travelling with children :

  • Children under 12 years old are exempt from all entry requirements.
  • Children aged 12-18 years old must present a valid vaccine passport with proof of two doses or a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72hrs before boarding.

Arriving passengers are required to complete a passenger public health form (FSP) online via the following link: http://www.onda.ma/form.php which must be printed out and signed before boarding your flight.

Arrivals may also be asked to undergo a further test at their place of residence/hotel within 48hrs of arrival. Anyone who tests positive while in Morocco must quarantine at their place of residence and will be closely monitored. In serious cases, individuals may be transferred to hospital for medical care.

Passport Card not accepted for travel to Morocco : A valid passport is required for travel to Morocco. A passport card is not accepted as it is only valid for travel within the EU, EEA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway), Switzerland and the UK. If you seek to enter Morocco on a passport card, you may be detained airside in the airport for several day until the next direct flight back to Ireland.

Intending travellers to Morocco should ensure that they check carefully the websites of the Moroccan Ministry of Health and the official website of the Moroccan National Tourism Office prior to their planned departure date.

Local Public Health Restrictions

A “State of Health Emergency” has been in force in Morocco since March 2020, and has been extended until 31 May 2022.

The same requirements apply for inter-city travel as for arrival in Morocco. Either a vaccine certificate or a negative PCR test (no more than 48 hours old) may be requested.

Proof of vaccination or a certificate of exemption from vaccination (issued via healthcare providers in some countries) may be requested to gain entry to certain establishments including hotels and restaurants.

Irish citizens should ensure that they are aware of and abide by local restrictions.  Regional or local authorities may also introduce additional travel or other restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Additional Information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health Morocco https://www.sante.gov.ma/Pages/Accueil.aspx

Weather

The average high temperature in Marrakech during October is 29ºC, so you won’t need much more than shorts and t-shirts for the days. Temperatures usually drop to 15ºC at night, so you’ll want to pack a warmer top for the evenings. Humidity’s low and ranges from 30% to nearly 90%, while average rainfall’s 22mm across five rainy days.

Language

In Morocco there are two official languages, Arabic and Amazigh, which are spoken in the streets and villages of Morocco. Classical Arabic, more commonly known as Literary Arabic, is the administrative language of the country. Generally speaking, you will hear Moroccan Arabic spoken in the streets.

French is also widely spoken in Morocco, and you can use it almost everywhere to communicate and get information. In the north of the country, you will also find many Moroccans who speak Spanish due to their proximity to Spain.

Transport

Transportation on will be provided by the host to all delegates, VIP (board members), Speakers, Staff, Guests, exhibitors and sponsor from Marrakech – Ménara Airport to all recommended event hotels.Transportation is also provided from/to above hotels to the nightly events & social day. To avoid any delay in hotel transfer, kindly send your flight and itinerary details to:

  • MMMMM,
  • Cell: +212 MMMMMMM,
  • Email : MMMMMMM

For more information or assistance, please contact Mrs. Nezha Karbal : nkarbal@aci-africa.aero .

Electricity

In Morocco the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Morocco, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa).

Currency

The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan dirham. Each dirham is divided into 100 santim. When you’re buying currency for Morocco, look out for the currency code MAD. You’ll find Moroccan banknotes in denominations of 20, 50, 100, and 200. Moroccan coins come in 1, 2, 5, 1 Banking

Banking

Foreign currency can be changed at banks, foreign currency bureaux or hotels. Banks in major centres are open from 09.00 to 15.00 Mon-Fri..

ATM

ATMs are available country wide with 24-hour access. Most accept international VISA cards. Credit cards All major international cards are accepted.