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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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  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
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  • Additional Information
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Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020

Latest Travel Alert

Covid-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.

Travel from Ireland to Morocco

Entry into Moroccooperates 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 Morocco with one of the following:

  • a vaccination certificate showing full vaccination (including the EU Digital COVID Certificate), or:
  • a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours from the date of entry into Morocco.
  • Children under the age of 11 are exempt from PCR testing.

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

List B

Travellers from List B countries are treated differently according to their vaccination status:

  • Fully vaccinated passengers from List B countries only need to show a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old, and a health form completed and signed before boarding.
  • Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated foreign visitors from List B countries must complete a 10-day controlled quarantine by presenting a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old, a completed and signed health form, a completed and signed declaration of honour for a 10-day confinement and a voucher confirming this quarantine in one of the hotels previously designated by the Moroccan authorities. A PCR test is mandatory on the 9th day.
  • For Moroccan passengers and members of their families and foreigners residents in Morocco who have not been vaccinated or are incompletely vaccinated: self-isolation at home for 5 days is mandatory, with a screening test (rapid antigen or PCR) on the 5th day.
  • Children under the age of 11 are exempt from PCR testing.

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 Office prior 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. 

Additional Information can be found on the website of the 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.

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.

Travel to Ireland

Up to date information on travelling to Ireland can be found on gov.ie 

Information on Travel within Europe (EU/EEA) can also be found on Re-open EU.

 

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