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If you’re travelling to Morocco, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

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Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

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Overview

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Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020

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Travel from Ireland to Morocco

Direct Flights from Ireland to Morocco and Entry of Irish Passengers into Morocco.

While direct flights from Ireland to Morocco are currently suspended and entry of Irish passengers into Morocco are likewise not permitted at present, the Moroccan Government has announced new measures to allow for the movement of travellers wishing to enter Morocco with effect from Tuesday 15 June.

The new measures will operate according to two lists compiled by the Moroccan authorities and published on the website of the Moroccan Ministry of Health and the official website of the Moroccan National Tourism Office (MNTO) as follows:

List A

Travellers from countries on List A, whether they are Moroccan nationals, foreigners resident in Morocco, or citizens of these countries, can enter Moroccan territory once they are in possession of a vaccination certificate and/or have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours from the date of entry into Morocco.

Holders of foreign vaccination certificates will benefit from the same advantages granted by the Moroccan vaccination certificate to Moroccan citizens on the national territory.

List A currently includes Ireland and countries that are not mentioned in List B (see below).

List B

Travellers from these countries must obtain an exceptional authorization from the Moroccan authorities before travelling; present a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours from the date of entry into Morocco and quarantine for 10 days.

IMPORTANT:

PLEASE NOTE THAT LISTS A AND B WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY BY THE MOROCCAN AUTHORITIES AT LEAST TWICE A MONTH AS NEEDED. INTENDING TRAVELLERS TO MOROCCO SHOULD THEREFORE ENSURE THAT THEY CHECK THE LIST CAREFULLY VIA THE WEBSITES OF THE MOROCCAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE MOROCCAN NATIONAL TOURISM OFFICEPRIOR TO THEIR PLANNED DEPARTURE DATE.

Emergency and cargo flights are exempt.

Ferry passage also remains limited to special operation ferries between Morocco and Sète (France) and Genoa (Italy) as operated by shipping companies such as GNV and Euromer. 

Those who opt to travel by these routes would be responsible for making their own arrangements for onward travel to Ireland. This onward travel should be completed as soon as possible after arrival in the transit city / port destination – please check for any local COVID-19 related travel restrictions or requirements that may apply.

Local Movement Restrictions

A “State of Health Emergency” is currently in force in Morocco until 10 July.

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

Travel from Morocco to Ireland

There is an Irish Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. Please consult gov.ie for information on travel restrictions and requirements for travelling to Ireland. 

All passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative / not detected result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Ireland. This is a mandatory requirement. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry and will be denied boarding if they cannot produce such evidence. Further information is available here.  

If you must travel to Ireland, you are required to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you travel.

Mandatory quarantine requirements apply to all persons who have been overseas in the 14-days prior to entering Ireland. A 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form.

Arrivals from designated states , including in transit, are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine.  Passengers will be required to pre-book and pay in advance on the following portal: https://www.quarantinehotelsireland.ie/. Further information on mandatory quarantine, including on costs can be found here 

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

HSE

HPSC

World Health Organisation

ECDC

Ministry of Health Morocco

General Travel Advice

​Irish citizens planning travel to Morocco are advised to remain vigilant and exercise caution during their stay. While Morocco is not immune to the global risk of indiscriminate terror attacks, the most recent Global Terrorism Index report indicates a lowered risk of terrorism in the country. However, citizens are advised to avoid large public gatherings and avoid any political protests, while also taking precautions to ensure their personal safety.

Emergency Assistance

There is currently no Irish Embassy in Morocco so we are limited in the help we can provide in the event of an emergency. Should you require assistance, you may  contact the Irish Embassy in Lisbon by email on lisbonembassy@dfa.ie.

You can also contact one our Honorary Consuls in Agadir or Casablanca. Please see details below: 

Agadir

Mohammed Chafik Mahfoud Filali

Honorary Consul of Ireland

Hotel Kenzi Europa

Boulevard du 20 Aoút

BP. 808,

Agadir

Morocco

Tel: + 212 5 2882 1212

Email: chafik.mahfoud@honoraryconsul.ie

Casablanca

Ghali Bennanni

Honorary Consul of Ireland

57, Bd Abdelmoumen

Rue Salim Cherkkaoui,

Résidence Al Hadi B20,

5ème étage

Casablanca

Morocco

Tel: + 212 5 2227 2721

Email: ghali.bennani@honoraryconsul.ie

EU Directive on Consular Protection

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.

Our tips for safe travels

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
  • Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide

 

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Social unrest

Regional developments have the potential to trigger popular unrest in Morocco. Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser. And avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational.

Terrorism

There is a high risk of terrorism in Morocco which may target places popular with tourists such as hotels, bars and beaches. You should be extremely vigilant during your stay.

Crime

Most visitors find Morocco relatively trouble free. However, you should take the usual, sensible precautions:

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés,train and bus stations.

Reporting crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Morocco, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Lisbon if you need help.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Morocco, you should be extremely careful. Morocco has a poor road safety record, and you should stay well within speed limits. If you want to drive:

  • Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Swimming

If you’re visiting Agadir’s resorts, be aware of the often dangerous rip currents in the sea off the main resort.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Muslim culture

Morocco is a Muslim country. You should respect local customs and sensitivities at all times, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims, who make up the majority of Morocco’s population, are not permitted to eat, drink or smoke during daylight hours. To avoid offence, you should not eat, drink or smoke in public during this time.

Women, especially when travelling alone, attract attention. You’re advised to dress modestly and avoid wearing clothes that could be seen as provocative, except on the beach.

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.

LGBT

Homosexuality is considered a criminal offence in Morocco.

Sexual behaviour

Sexual relations outside marriage are also punishable by law. Discretion and caution are advised at all times.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Health

Travel Insurance

We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.

Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.

Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.

Emergency expenses

Your policy should cover:
• All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
• Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
• 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
• Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
• Lost and stolen possessions.
• Cancellation and curtailment.
• Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).

Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish passport holders don’t need entry visas for tourist visits to Morocco. If you’re unsure of the entry requirements for Morocco, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Morocco. You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.

Passports

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

Getting Married in Morocco

Irish citizens who wish to marry in Morocco must obtain a police clearance certificate from An Garda Siochána. This must be obtained in advance of travelling to Morocco. For further information, please see www.garda.ie Irish citizens may also wish to note that non-Muslim man who wishes to marry a Muslim woman should anticipate one to three months to complete the process, including the time needed to convert to Islam. In general, the process is less complicated for a Muslim man who wishes to marry a non-Muslim woman.

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Please note that if you require assistance in the case of emergency while the Embassy is closed, contact the main Embassy number, 00 351 213308200, and leave a message on the Duty Officer voice mailbox. This mailbox will be monitored regularly.

Alternatively, you can call the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs at 00353 1 408 2000.

Embassy of Ireland
Avenida da Liberdade 200, 4th Floor
1250-147 Lisboa
Portugal

Tel: +351 21 330 8200
Fax: +351 21 397 7363

Monday to Friday 09:30-12:30

Contact us

Honorary Consulate Contact

Mohammed Chafik Mahfoud Filali
Honorary Consul of Ireland
Hotel Kenzi Europa
Boulevard du 20 Aoút
BP. 808,
Agadir
Morocco

Tel: + 212 5 2882 1212
Fax: + 212 5 2882 3435

Email: Email us

Honorary Consulate Contact

Ghali Bennanni
Honorary Consul of Ireland
57, Bd Abdelmoumen
Rue Salim Cherkkaoui,
Résidence Al Hadi B20,
5ème étage
Casablanca
Morocco

Tel: + 212 5 2227 2721
Fax: + 212 5 2220 4265

Email: Email us