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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Morocco

When to go

Morocco is warm and sunny throughout the year, making it an ideal destination for both summer and winter getaways. From June to August temperatures can reach over 30;°C in some inland regions, such as Marrakech. Coastal regions like Agadir benefit from cooling sea breezes, which make their climates a little more breezy. In these areas you'll find temperatures staying at around the 20°C to 26°C mark.

From November to February, daytime temperatures can still climb up to 30°C in some areas. The nights can be quite chilly at this time of year though, with temperatures potentially dropping down to single figures.

Health and safety

Before setting off on Morocco holidays, check with your doctor that you have had the MMR jab which most people have as a child, that vaccinates you against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, as measles are common in Morocco.

It's also advisable to have vaccinations or booster jabs for Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus and Typhoid. If you're planning to visit remote locations in Morocco or are likely to have contact with animals, speak to your doctor about a vaccination for rabies.

Although swimming and paddling in the sea is absolutely fine, it's advisable to avoid swimming or paddling in fresh water lakes and streams. Tap water in Morocco is not suitable for drinking. Many hotels provide filtered water which is considered safe to drink. If you are in any doubt, stick to bottled water which is widely available in Morocco.

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. If you're visiting Morocco specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/health.

Passports and visas

British citizens don't need a visa to enter Morocco for tourism but must have a valid passport. It's important to make sure your passport is officially stamped on entry to make your return trip go smoothly. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements.

Getting around

For holidays to Agadir you will likely land at Agadir Al Massira Airport and for holidays to Marrakech you will be served by Marrakech Menara Airport. Even with cheap Morocco holidays, most tour operators include transfers so getting to your resort is easy.

Morocco has an extensive public transport network which makes getting around quite straightforward. Buses are the cheapest way to travel and have the widest reach across the country. There are several private bus companies providing routes to all the main cities and into several remote regions, and a state run rail network which connects cities including Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech.

There are two types of taxis in resort and city areas – Grand Taxis, which are usually old Mercedes sedans, and smaller Petit Taxis. Both types usually take more than one fare at a time. It's possible to negotiate with the driver if you'd prefer to have just you and your party in the taxi. If you want complete control of the pace you can also hire a car, but be aware that driving styles and norms are very different from the UK.

Advice for travellers with children

Moroccans adore kids and it's not unusual for locals to come up to smaller children to admire and compliment them. Beaches are sandy with shallow water at the shoreline that's calm enough for paddling. Some resort hotels have facilities such as children's pools and playgrounds, so it's worth checking before you visit, and many offer a host of options for making your Morocco holidays All Inclusive – taking the stress out of your holiday.

Electricity

You will need to take a travel adapter with you to Morocco in order to use electrical appliances such as hair dryers and e-readers.

Connector type: Two-pronged type C and E plugs and sockets.

Voltage Info: 220 V

Emergency information

If you require emergency assistance during your trip, dial the following numbers:

Police: 190

Gendarmerie Royale - police force in areas outside the main cities: 177

Ambulance: 150

Fire brigade: 150

British Consulate

If you're a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner, contact your nearest British Consulate.

British Honorary Consulate Agadir, Address: English Pub, Boulevard du 20 Aout, Agadir 80000, Morocco Email: rabat.consular@fco.gov.uk Phone: +212 (0) 537 633 333

British Honorary Consulate Marrakech, Address: Borj Menara 2, Immeuble B, 5eme etage Avenue Abdelkrim El Khattabi, Marrakech, Morocco Email: rabat.consular@fco.gov.uk Phone: +212 (0) 537 633 333

Hospital

Medical facilities in tourist areas such as Agadir and Marrakech include local private clinics and fully qualified self-employed doctors.

Agadir

Hospital Hassan 2 , Address: Agadir 80000 Phone: +212 652-904060

Polyclinic De La Cnss, Address: Av. General Kettani, BP 41, Agadir 80000 Phone: +212 5288-46623

Marrakech

Hispital Ibn Tofail Address: Rue Adbelouahab Derraq, Marrakech Phone: +212 5244-39274

Ibn Nafis Hospital / Mohammad Marrakech CHU Address: Av Ibn Sina Amerchich, BP 2360, Marrakech Phone: +212 5243-00629