A Camel Ride Train in Morocco

Hello, intrepid travelers! Are you considering a trip to the enchanting land of Morocco? Are you concerned about the ways to stay safe while visiting Morocco?

With its lively markets, beautiful scenery, and lots of history, Morocco is a bucket-list destination for many. Morocco is a place where adventure awaits at every corner. But hey, let’s not forget about staying safe. Though Morocco is comparatively safe for travelers, it is better to be vigilant to avoid any potential risk.

If you have concerns about how to be safe while visiting Morocco, Fear not! You’re in luck because I’ve got some top-notch tips that will make your trip smooth and secure. So, grab a cup of mint tea, and let’s dive into the essentials of traveling in Morocco without a hitch. These easy-to-follow pointers are your ticket to a worry-free and fabulous Moroccan escapade. Ready to get started? Here we go!

16 things you should know before going to Morocco:

things you should know before going to Morocco

1. Research Before You Go to Stay Safe in Morocco

Knowledge is power, and this is especially true when traveling. Before setting foot in Morocco, do your homework. Understand the local customs, dress codes, and laws. Did you know that it’s considered rude to refuse mint tea, the national drink? It’s little tidbits like this that can make a big difference in how locals receive you.

2. Being Aware of Local Laws to Be Safe in Morocco

Morocco’s rich culture comes with its own set of rules and customs. It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with local laws to avoid any misunderstandings. By following these guidelines, you can explore the country confidently and show respect for its customs. Some rules that may surprise a traveler are as follows:

  •  Severe penalties for drug offenses, including long prison terms.
  • The death penalty is applicable for serious crimes such as high treason, terrorism, multiple murder, and rape.
  • Public displays of affection are frowned upon in Morocco.
  • Illegal activities include same-sex sexual acts, sexual acts outside marriage, and possessing pornographic material.
  • It’s illegal to preach any religion other than Islam or import non-Islamic religious materials.
  • Criticizing or denigrating the monarchy is prohibited.
  • Public consumption of alcohol, buying pirated items, issuing cheques without funds, and sending passports through mail are illegal.
  • Consuming or possessing drugs, even in small quantities, is illegal.
  • Photography of official buildings or sensitive areas is restricted. If you want to use drones, it requires government approval.
  • Non-Muslims may be questioned or detained for trying to enter mosques not open to the public.

3. Keep Your Belongings Close

Morocco’s bustling markets are a feast for the senses, but they can also be a haven for pickpockets. Keep your belongings secure and close to your body. A money belt or a cross-body bag with a zip can be your best friend in crowded places. And remember, carry only essential items when leaving your accommodation. Avoid carrying your passport; instead, leave it securely stored in your hotel or hostel. It’s a good idea to have photocopies of your passport for ID unless you need the original for booking travel or other important things.

4. Try Not to Wear Fancy Jewelry

A Woman Wearing Fancy Jewelry in Morocco

In busy markets and streets, flashy jewelry might attract pickpockets or scammers because it makes you look rich. Opt for modest accessories to keep a low profile and secure your valuables in a hidden money belt or inside pockets. And remember, the less flashy your possessions, the less attention you’ll draw.

5. Avoid walking alone at night

walking alone at night

When visiting Morocco, it’s wise to exercise caution during nighttime outings. Pickpocketing and other small crimes happen more often at night, especially in less crowded areas. For safety, it’s advisable to carry only the essentials with you and leave other belongings in a secure location at your accommodation.

6. Avoid Walking Solo Especially When You’re a Woman

While Morocco offers a warm welcome to travelers, solo female travelers should be extra cautious. Walking alone, especially at night, can attract unwanted attention. Being with a group or hiring a good guide can make you safer and help you learn more about Morocco from locals.

7. Respect Religious Customs

Religious Activities in Morocco

Morocco is primarily Muslim, and religious customs are deeply ingrained in daily life. Be mindful of Islamic prayer times. During Ramadan, avoid eating or drinking in public during daylight hours. It’s all about respect—when you give it, you get it.

8. Dress Conservatively to avoid unwanted attention

When in Morocco, do as the Moroccans do. Dressing conservatively not only shows respect for the local culture but also helps you blend in. There’s no strict dress code in Morocco, but it’s a good idea to cover your shoulders and knees, especially if you’re a woman. Men should avoid sleeveless shirts and shorts to avoid standing out. Why invite unnecessary attention when you can be chic and culturally savvy?

9. Avoid Public Displays of Affection

Keep the PDA for private moments. In Morocco, it is advisable to avoid public displays of affection, especially in more traditional areas. Holding hands is generally acceptable, but save the kisses for behind closed doors.

10. Be Cautious with Food and Water

Being Cautious with Food and Water in Morocco

Moroccan cuisine is delectable, but it’s wise to approach street food with caution. Opt for stalls that have a high turnover of customers (a sign of fresh fare) and stick to bottled water to avoid any tummy troubles. Who wants to spend their vacation getting to know the bathroom tiles?

11. Learn Basic Arabic or French Phrases

While many Moroccans speak English, knowing some basic Arabic or French phrases can go a long way. It’s not just about asking for directions; it’s about showing that you’re trying to engage with the culture. And who knows? Your attempts at the language might just be met with a smile and some local insider tips.

12. Use Registered Taxis to avoid risk in Morocco

Registered Taxis in Morocco

When hailing a cab in Morocco, make sure it’s registered (look for the taxi sign and an official meter). Agree on the fare before starting your journey or insist on using the meter to avoid any surprise charges at your destination. After all, who enjoys haggling over cab fares on vacation?

13. Buy Travel Insurance

The unexpected can happen, and travel insurance is your safeguard against the unforeseen. Insurance helps if you lose your passport, get sick, or your flight is canceled. Make sure your policy covers what you need for your trip to Morocco.

14. Being Aware of Marriage Fraud

While traveling, you might meet someone romantically, but watch out for marriage fraud. This scam involves pretending to love someone to get money or immigration benefits.. Always approach such situations with caution and take the time to get to know the person and their intentions thoroughly.

15. Know Emergency Numbers

Stay safe while exploring Morocco by knowing who to call in case of trouble. If something seems suspicious or risky in big cities, call 190 or 112 for help from the police. Outside the city, reach the Royal Gendarmerie at 177. Need medical help? Dial 150 for an ambulance, and 15 for the fire brigade. These numbers are your safety net, ensuring help is just a call away wherever you are in Morocco.

16. Trust Your Instincts

Last but certainly not least, trust your gut. If something feels off, it probably is. Don’t be afraid to remove yourself from uncomfortable situations or to say no if you’re being pressured into something you’re not keen on.

 

Visiting Morocco will give you an incredible experience. You should enjoy it without worrying about safety. With these practical tips, you’re well-equipped to navigate Morocco with confidence and ease.

Now that you know how to stay safe, it’s time to go to Morocco! Enjoy the culture, try the food, and make unforgettable memories, feeling safe and calm.

When you travel, it’s important to stay safe and be responsible. So, enjoy exploring Morocco, and make sure your travel tales are full of wonder, not trouble.

Happy travels!

Morocco Unlimited Dreams