Planning a trip to Morocco? Well, there are a few things you need to know before making your trip. Morocco is definitely a welcoming destination and one of the most diverse countries in Africa that inspires travelers with its positive energy, fascinating history, and kind hospitality. But a few things must be done before planning your trip to Morocco, like applying for a visa, or not, if your trip won’t exceed three months. However, it is advisable to get familiar with the visa policies in Morocco.
1. Passport Validity
It’s advisable to arrive with a passport that’s valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Morocco. However, it is essential to travel with at least six months validity on your passport at all times.
2. Blank Passport Pages
Make sure you have some adequate blank pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. It’s advisable to have at least two blank pages in your passport for visas before you make an international travel, while some countries require a minimum of four blank pages in the passport.
3. Transit Visa
Check with your airline beforehand in case you opt for a connecting flight to Morocco, as the countries you pass through en route to Morocco may require a separate transit visa. Check the visa requirements for a specific country before you plan your trip overseas.
4. Tourist Visa
Most travelers who wish to visit Morocco can do so without applying for a visa if your stay will not exceed three months. A foreign national planning to enter morocco must obtain a visa unless he/she is a citizen of one of the countries eligible for visa exemption. Visa is not required for visits lasting less than 90 days.
5. Visa for Minors
Children up to and including 16 years may travel on their parents’ passport, but their photographs must have attested in the passports by the relevant passport authorities. Minors under 17 years of age born to one or more Moroccan parent(s) can travel visa-free provided they’re registered in their parents’ passports.
6. Residence Permit
Travelers who plan to reside in Morocco for an extended stay must obtain a residence permit from the relevant immigration authorities at the central police station of the district of residence. If you’re caught without having the request of extended stay, you’ll have to appear before a judge prior to departing Morocco. A fine may be levied for clearance.
7. Documents Required
The following documents are required in order to enter Morocco: A valid passport, application form, a copy of your detailed provisional flight itinerary, tickets and documents for return or onward travel, travel insurance, and a valid vaccination certificate if necessary.
Vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid are recommended for all travelers going to Morocco but you may need additional vaccines depending on your planned activities. However, you don’t need any special vaccines for visiting Morocco. International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required upon your arrival if arriving from infected area within five days.
9. Safety and Security
All U.S. citizens are urged to stay alerted and carry your passport at all times, as terrorist and domestic violence against U.S. citizens is a major concern in Morocco. Identifiable establishments associated with the United States are the potential targets for attacks, so it’s highly advisable to remain vigilant, especially when you hang out at local bars and pubs, restaurants, theaters or public areas.
10. Enroll for STEP
The Department of State encourages all U.S. citizens living or traveling in Morocco to enroll for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive email alerts and security messages regarding any security threats or warnings, both domestic and international.
Have a good trip and travel!