VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in in Morocco
In June 2005, the Moroccan government canceled visas for Russian citizens. Now, for a trip to this country, a passport is enough, the validity of which must exceed six months from the date of the start of the trip.
The import of foreign currency into Morocco is not limited, but it is prohibited to use it within the country. You can bring into the country no more than 1 bottle of spirits and 1 bottle of wine per adult, up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, there are restrictions on the import of professional photographic equipment. The export of the national currency is prohibited, without special permission it is impossible to export objects and things of historical and artistic value.
Embassy in in Morocco
Morocco, embassy in Moscow Metro
station Kropotkinskaya, Prechistensky per., 8.
Tel.: 201-7395, Fax: 230-2067.
Morocco, Russian Embassy in the country:
Rabat, 4-eme km route des Zares.
Tel.: 5-3609, 5-3537, 5-3581.
Contact in in Morocco
In tourist areas, pay phones can be seen everywhere. They work with both cards and coins. You can also call from post offices. In order to contact Morocco, you need to dial 8 – 10 – 212 – area code – subscriber number. Rabat code -37.
Emergency Phones in in Morocco
Police – 19;
Ambulance – 177;
Fire department – 15.
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1 – New Year’s Day
January 11 – Independence Day
March 3 – anniversary of the accession to the throne of King Hassan II
May 1 – Labor Day
May 23 – National Holiday
July 9 – Youth Day
August 20 – Revolution Day
November 6 – Green March Day, when the Moroccans entered Western Sahara and occupied part of its territory
November 18 – the anniversary of the return of King Mohammed V from exile
In addition to official holidays in Morocco, there are many religious holidays, the dates of which change from year to year. This is the beginning and end of the holy Muslim fasting of Ramadan, the first day of Muharram (Muslim New Year) and Mawlid (the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad). All of them are celebrated with colorful processions and magnificent ceremonies.
In the village of Imilchil, near the city of Ouarzazate, the “Moussem des Fiances” marriage festival takes place in September, bringing together young women and men from all over the region in the hope of finding a mate.
In the city of El Kelaa de M’Gouna, which is the capital of Morocco for the production of rose water, at the end of May, a rose harvest festival is celebrated. During the holiday, the whole city turns into one big market, which is accompanied by music and dancing. At the festival, a queen of roses is chosen to rule over the harvest.
During Ramadan, before sunset, it is forbidden to drink, eat, smoke and take alcoholic beverages. The rules regarding smoking and drinking also apply to tourists. Also, non-Muslims cannot visit mosques. And if you started eating without cutlery, as is customary in Morocco, then use the three fingers of your right hand, but in no case touch the food with your left hand, as it is considered “dirty”.
According to medicinelearners, shops are open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday are days off. Restaurants, eateries and small shops operate on a random schedule.
In restaurants and hotels, it is customary to give a tip of 10% of the amount indicated on the bill to service personnel in hotels – no more than 2-5 dirhams per service.
Moroccans are not as intrusive as Turks or Egyptians, they are very friendly to tourists and not indifferent to women.
It is recommended that you take out health insurance before traveling to Morocco. The most dangerous diseases that are transmitted with water and food are dysentery and diarrheal disorders, so it is better to use bottled water. Hepatitis A is ubiquitous. Tourists are advised to be vaccinated against hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus, and diphtheria.