- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
High Degree of Caution.
Latest Travel Alert
The Moroccan authorities have extended the flight suspension on all flights into and out of Morocco until 31 January 2022.
Special commercial repatriation flights to a range of EU countries, including to Spain, France, Belgium and Italy, continue in the period ahead and are available for sale on the airlines’ websites.
No further special or commercial flights to Ireland are foreseen so remaining Irish citizens and residents wishing to return to Ireland are strongly encouraged to explore non-direct special commercial flight options to depart Morocco.
Anyone considering travel should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and all passengers should undertake proper research and carefully consider the necessity of their travel at this time. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. It is also important to check with your travel insurance provider on coverage before travel.
If considering travelling abroad, you are advised to monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. Information about entry restrictions applied by other countries is available below. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.
Travel to Morocco
Passport Card not accepted for travel to Morocco: A valid passport is required for travel to Morocco. A passport card is not accepted as it is only valid for travel within the EU, EEA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway), Switzerland and the UK. If you seek to enter Morocco on a passport card, you may be detained airside in the airport for several day until the next direct flight back to Ireland.
As of 12pm on 18 November, unvaccinated travel to Morocco is not permitted. You will need to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the second dose administered at least two weeks prior to travel, Children under the age of 6 years old are exempt from the PCR testing requirement for entry into Morocco.
On arrival to Morocco, you will be asked to present a completed revised Public Health Passenger form. It is strongly advised to print and complete the form in advance of travelling. You may be asked to show it at check in. This will require your address in Morocco and two contact numbers to allow you to be located, if necessary, during the 10 days following arrival.
Travellers transiting through third countries should ensure they consult Travel Advice for that country for the latest COVID-19 related travel and transit guidance
Entry into Morocco operates 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:
Travellers from countries on List A, whether they are Moroccan nationals, foreigners resident in Morocco, or citizens of these countries, must provide:
- A vaccination certificate showing full vaccination (including the EU Digital COVID Certificate), with the second dose administered at least two weeks prior to travel
- List A currently includes Ireland and countries that are not mentioned in List B (see below).
Travellers from List B countries (currently including the UK) are treated differently. You will need to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the second dose administered at least two weeks prior to travel, and a negative PCR test result before boarding your flight or ferry to Morocco. The result must show that the PCR test itself was undertaken no more than 48 hours before boarding. For travel by ferry, you will also need to take a COVID-19 test during the journey. Children under the age of 6 years old are exempt from the PCR testing requirement for entry into Morocco.
On arrival to Morocco, you will be asked to present the completed revised Public Health Passenger form as described above under List A. You are recommended to print a copy in advance of travelling. Since 13 November, you will also be required have your temperature taken on arrival and be asked to do a rapid antigen test (provided free of charge) immediately upon arrival in Morocco. If you test positive and are not a permanent resident of Morocco, you will not be allowed to enter the country, and your removal will be at the cost of the airline who brought you in. A Moroccan resident testing positive would be transferred to a public health care facility. Children under 11 are exempt from this testing requirement.
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. 31 December
The same requirements apply for inter-city travel as for arrival in Morocco. Either a vaccine certificate or a negative PCR test (no more than 48 hours old) may be requested.
According to new restrictions in place since 21 October, proof of vaccination or a certificate of exemption from vaccination (issued via healthcare providers in some countries) may be requested to gain entry to certain establishments including hotels and restaurants.
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.
Should you require assistance, you may contact the Irish Embassy in Lisbon by email on email@example.com.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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 drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
Homosexuality is considered a criminal offence in Morocco.
Sexual relations outside marriage are also punishable by law. Discretion and caution are advised at all times.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.