Common Questions

Is Morocco safe for tourists?
Safety is why Morocco is a favored destination in North Africa, as crimes committed against tourists are extremely low (and severely punished by Moroccan law). Check online for any travel advisories for Morocco.  Don't pull out big bills when shopping. 

Do I need a visa for Morocco?
No visa is required for American, Canadian and European visitors to gain entry to Morocco.  

What is the official language of Morocco?
The official language is Moroccan Arabic, however French is the recognized business and higher education language. Berber language is also spoken by a large majority of Moroccan Berbers also known as Amazigh people  (native Moroccans). Due to its proximity to the southern coast of Spain, many people in the northern regions of Morocco speak Spanish, while English and German are often spoken in popular tourist destinations.

What is the currency in Morocco?
Dirham is the official currency of Morocco.

Are there any clothing restrictions?  
Typically women and men in Morocco wear the traditional all covered "Jelabas. In addition, women typically wear scarves "Hijab" (to cover the hair) while older men wear hats. However, in the more metropolitan area’s western style clothing is the norm.

Professionals wear Western style business attire. As a tourist visiting a beach destination it is acceptable to wear a 1 or 2-piece bathing suit while at the beach, and the same logic holds true to for hotel swimming pools.  Local people who might get offended, do not often go to the beach.

If you intend to visit a mosque, both men should dress in your cleanest outfit.  Wash your hands and feet before entering.  Men should dress in a pants and shirt and women must only have their face and hands showing.  Lots of lovely kaftans are available in the market for purchase.  Dress conservatively when entering villages. If you don’t know, what’s appropriate, watch the locals.

How do I travel in Morocco?
Morocco by petit Taxi: Small cabs, referred to as “ Petit Taxi” are metered and you can expect to pay around 50-100dh for short trips.

Morocco by Grand Taxi:  Available in all major cities, Grand taxis are generally shared rides, and rates can be negotiated (prepare to haggle for a good deal).

Morocco by train:

Morocco Regional Airlines: Regional Maroc

Morocco Car Rental: All major international car rental companies operate in Morocco. These include Avis, Hertz, Budget, EuropCar etc.

Can I drink tap water, is it safe?
Tap water is safe to drink, however bottled water is available and relatively inexpensive (approx $1 for 750ml bottle).  Bottled water is recommended.

Where can I see live performances in Marrakech?
You may think of Morocco and belly dancing comes to mind.  However, belly dancing is not native to Morocco per se.  It was introduced by Arabs.  Traditional Moroccan music includes gnawa, chaabi,  and malhun. 

Nevertheless, below are a list of restaurants that have live performances (musicians and dancers) in Marrakech:
Al Baraka
1, Djemaa el Fna

Le Marrakchi 
52, rue des Banques.
212 524 443 377

Dar Marjana 
15 Derb Sidi Ali Tair
212 44 38 51 10


Le Tanjia 
14 Derb J'did - Hay Essalam
212 (0)524 38 38 36

Dar Essalam
170, Riad Zitoune El Kedim
212-0-24 44 35 20

Palais Jad Mahal
10 Rue Haroune Erracid


From the city of Marrakech where anything goes, to the Sahara village where women dress in black with one eye showing from behind a veil, Morocco is a country of many contrasts. Foreign women travel quite safely but will attract attention everywhere most often to buy something or be offered a "service" (especially in the big cities, take that offer as you may!). As Muslims, men should not touch a woman he doesn't know. If a foreign women wants respect she should not tolerate his long handshake or his lingering hand on her arm or anywhere else. Dress as you do at home but conservatively to gain respect. Foreigners are treated with the duality of wonderful hospitality or as a chance for financial gain. The invitation to visit and have tea or dine with a family is a memorable experience. But measure invitations with obligation. Traditions are strong and old ways are practiced. A good attitude and a sense of sharing and humour go a long way to breaking down preconceptions of foreigners and is always appreciated by Moroccans - See more at:


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