Most frequent questions and answers
Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, lies across the Strait of Gibraltar on the Mediterranean and looks out on the Atlantic from the northwest shoulder of Africa. Algeria is to the east and Mauritania to the south. There is a fertile plain on the Atlantic coast, a narrow plain belt on the Mediterranean coast, an interior region of high mountains and plateaux, and the Sahara desert on the far south.
Morocco is a culturally rich nation. Each region of the country has its own cultural characteristics. The state’s official language is Arabic. French and Spanish are Morocco’s second languages, and English is more and more spoken across the country.
Morocco adopted Daylight Saving Time (GMT+1) all year round in October 2018. But despite moving to GMT+1 year-round, Morocco will temporarily return to GMT for the month of Ramadan when the holy month falls in the summer.
Owing to its diverse geographical characteristics, Morocco has a diverse and incomparable climate. Morocco is dominated by the Mediterranean climate made temperate by the influence of the Atlantic Ocean in the northern and southern parts of the country. Inland areas have a hotter drier continental climate.
In the south part of the country, the weather is hot and dry throughout most of the year, with cool nights in December and January. Rain falls from November to March in coastal areas, and Atlas mountainous region is moist with frequent snow falls during winter.
Daily hours of sunshine on the Atlantic coast average nine to ten as compared with up to twelve inland in the desert. In winter, sunshine hours range from five to six a day in the north to as many as eight in the south part of the country.
A foreign crew member working for a foreign production on location in Morocco is not required to have a work permit. Citizens of the US, Canada, and the European Community do not need a visa to enter Morocco.
Morocco’s national currency is the Dirham (MAD). The dirham is divided into 100 centimes. Non-resident foreigners may freely exchange the imported currency at the banks or at any authorized institution.
ATM and EFT-POS machines accept all major credit cards.
There are no restrictions on transferring foreign capital to Morocco. All banks in Morocco have connections with international banks and financial institutions to ensure timely transfer of funds.
The healthcare sector in Morocco has a good infrastructure and healthcare services are among the most advanced in Africa. There are public hospitals, which provide free emergency treatments, and sophisticated private clinics in all main cities. Medicines and over-the-counter drugs can be purchased in pharmacies.
No vaccination certificates are required for travelers coming from Europe or America.
Government Offices : Mon-Fri 08:30 – 16:30
Commercial Entities & Banks : Mon-Fri 08:30 – 16:30 or 5pm.
Week-end : Saturday – Sunday
Religious holidays have specific dates that may change every year as they are based on the Muslim Lunar Calendar.
Electricity in Morocco is 220 Volts (50 Hz). To operate devices that do not accept 220 Volts, a voltage converter is needed .Sockets are generally European two prongs, however, three-pinned plugs are widely used. American devices need adaptors. Both transformers and adaptors are available in electrical shops in Morocco.
Morocco has a high-tech telecom infrastructure. The cellular system used in Morocco is dual band GSM, and has a reliable network quality for a country-wide coverage area. The Internet connections use fixed line, satellite, ADSL for high-speed access or Fiber Optic Internet in large Moroccan cities.