Here are some Travel Tips :
Visas and Passports
Citizens of Canada, United States, European Union, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand need a valid passport to visit Morocco but not a visa. If you wish to stay in Morocco for 3 months, your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date of your arrival. A visa is required if your time in Morocco exceeds 3 months.
April through September in Morocco can be extremely hot particularly if you are inland (Marrakech, Fes) or in the desert. The coast brings a cool breeze, especially Essaouira. The winters can be cold and it is not unusual to find snow in the Atlas Mountains.
Currency is measured in Moroccan Dirhams; MAD or MDH. To view the current exchange rates visit http://oanda.com/convert/classic
There are ATM machines throughout Morocco. A 4 digit PIN number is required and check with your bank that your debit card will indeed work here. If you plan to use your credit card keep in mind that not all places accept them and there is often a 5 to 10 percent surcharge for credit card purchases. Your credit card will typically need a PIN number so if your card does not have the chip technology it will likely not work.
Moroccan dirhams come in 20, 50, 100 and 200 DH notes. It is handy to have 20 and 50 dirham notes with you as the smaller shops often do not have change. For taxis it is easier to pay with coins. 1 DH, 5 DH and 10 DH coins are useful.
It is a good idea to create a “cheat sheet” for dirhams to dollars or euros and keep it in your wallet. Visit this link and it will give you an up to date table: http://www.oanda.com/convert/cheatsheet
Our standard tours include breakfast and dinner unless otherwise specified and doesn’t include alcohol. Keep in mind your own spending habits when it comes to drinks, shopping and tipping.
Tipping is not required, but is expected for a job well done. Tips are of considerable significance to the local people. A few dollars per day per person for your guide and a similar amount for the driver is sufficient and 10 percent for service staff.
220V, 50Hz – 2 prong rounded If you are using appliances that are not dual voltage, you will need a converter, not an adaptor.
If you need to keep in touch with family and friends, internet access is widely available and very inexpensive. Setting up an email address that you can use while traveling is the easiest way to stay in touch. If there is an emergency and someone needs to contact you, refer them our emergency contact number as hotels are subject to change or there may be language challenges.
Moroccos’ 2 major phone companies, Maroc Telecom and Meditel both have arrangements with European networks so they can use their mobile phones in Morocco. Keep in mind that the calls can be expensive. If you are here for an extended period of time, you can purchase prepaid SIM cards from either company.
International Phone Booths
There are teleboutiques readily available throughout Morocco. You can use 5DH and 10DH coins. There are also card phones that you can use with prepaid phone cards that you can purchase from the post office or tabacs. The international access code from Morocco is OO.
Arabic and Berber are the official languages of Morocco. Arabic is spoken in Moroccan dialect. Many Moroccans speak French, particularly in the tourist resort areas and many speak Spanish in the north of Morocco.
While there are no specific requirements for immunizations for Morocco, it is recommended that you check with your doctor or a travel clinic for up to date travel bulletins for the regions you are visiting. We recommend that you are immunized for Heptitis A, Hepatitis B and Typhoid.
It is wise to pack a small first aid kit and be aware that our guides and drivers are prohibited from administering medications or treatments for headaches, minor complaints or any medical conditions. If you have specific personal medical needs, you will want to take them into acount before embarking on the tour. Pharmacies and medical professionals are widely available throughout the tour but there may be portions of your tour where these facilities are not accessible.
It is advised to not drink the tap water. Bottled water is available in all stores.
It is advised with all international travel that you check with your local government for bulletins on any safety issues with the country you are visiting. Valuable jewellry should be left at home and we recommend a travel belt or wallet for your passport, money and valuables.
While “Discover Morocco with Dadani Destinations and Tours Inc.” makes every reasonable effort to ensure your safety during activities, be advised that swimming, snorkeling, surfing and all other activities are at your own risk.
Appropriate Dress Code
In the tourist resort areas you can dress as you wish but in order to respect the local customs it is not advised that you wear short shorts or anything overly revealing if you are not at the beach. In the south, desert areas, it is also respectful to cover your shoulders.
It is required that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. At a minimum you should be covered for emergency medical coverage including emergency repatriation. It is strongly recommended that you are also covered for liability, emergency cancelation and for delay or loss of luggage. Check with your credit card company as many have coverage when the tip is purchased on the card.