10 pieces of Advice before coming to Morocco

Each year it is more than 1.3 billion people go on a pro or personal trip to a foreign country. And the rules can differ a lot according to the country where you go. Going abroad, for a short or a long stay, can sometimes be a real source of stress if you did not properly prepare for it. Apart from the fact that you can forget about your toothbrush or your phone charger, you always wonder if all your papers are in order, if your vaccines are up to date, etc. Fortunately, Aloha Surf Camp Morocco have prepared a small practical guide with all the information you need to know to well prepare your surftrip to Morocco

passeport

Short or long stay : You will know everything 

Passeport 

Since 2016, it is MANDATORY to have a valid passport to travel to Morocco. It must also have a validity of +3 months from the day of your departure. And although in some countries, a person who has made his passport by majority, can travel with an expired passport, or with an identity card, Morocco refuses this possibility. Remember to check your passport, and ask for renewal at least 1 month in advance if this is not the case. 

Visa 

STAY LESS THAN 3 MONTHS 

For a stay less than 90 days, the VISA is not essential, even if strongly recommended. If you stay 90 days on the Moroccan territory and you do not wish to take a VISA, be careful to declare the number of days and exact times of your trip from your arrival at the airport to the departure city. The day of your return, the Moroccan authorities can refuse you access to boarding if you are staying, even if only one minute more than the 2160 hours required (it’s not a joke). 

STAY MORE THAN 3 MONTHS 

The VISA of long validity, issued for a stay of more than 90 days, is issued by the Moroccan diplomatic or consular representations, after consultations by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. To benefit from this registration card, you will have to go to a police station in the first 15 days after your arrival on Moroccan territory. This one will have a validity of 90 days and can be renewed for a maximum of 1 year. 

TRANSIT 

Are you traveling to another destination but want to spend a few days in Morocco? You will need to apply for a transit VISA, which can be issued for one or two transits, without each exceeding 72 hours.

FRONTIER 

If you are planning on coming to Morocco by car, the security services at the Post Borders have the possibility to issue you a VISA for a short stay or for transit. 

DOCUMENTS NECESSARY FOR VISA 

  • 2 passport photos 
  • Passport valid + 1 photocopy 
  • Round trip ticket with firm reservation 
  • Booking in a hotel, or presentation of a “Voucher” 

Insurance

If you come to Morocco for professional reasons for less than 1 year (fixed-term contracted, internship or volunteer work), it is essential to be able to justify a civil liability and repatriation. This document, often included in your banking contract, covers medical expenses, repatriation or medical and body transport. Regularly free for a period of 90 days, you will need to request an extension if you want to stay longer. For students there is insurance offered at a reduced price. 

Driving licence 

Whether you’re already imagining crossing the Atlas by car or not, we strongly advise you to bring your current driver’s license. We never know, the desire to transfer to another city can be tempting, and it will be a shame to be forced to bus schedules because you do not have your driver’s license. Especially since the car rental in Morocco is relatively affordable (€ 30 a day and € 50 full of gas). 

Children 

If you travel with children, it is strongly recommended to take with you their health book and the family booklet to justify the family link. Even more so if you do not have the same last name. 

Vaccines 

It is essential that your vaccines are up to date to avoid any inconvenience during your stay: 

  • Viral hepatitis A and B 
  • Diphtheria 
  • Rage 
  • Tetanus 
  • Poliomyelitis 
  • Typhoid. 

Little more 

FIRST – AID KIT 

A small accident can happen quickly. Here is the first aid kit that you are recommended to 

bring: 

  • Paracetamol 
  • Imodium 
  • Arnica 
  • Antiseptic 
  • Dressing / strapping 
  • Nasal spray 
  • Pastille for sore throat 
  • Physiological serum 
  • Sun cream and After-sun 
  • Hat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Gourd 

STAY CONNECTED 

Depending on your country, Morocco‘s electrical outlets may be different. Remember to take an adapter for type C / E 220V voltage with 50Hz frequency. If you plan to bring Tech equipment, we advise you to bring a multi plug for all your connections, an external hard disk or USB keys to store your files and an external battery so as not to run out of battery during your excursions.

Administrative  

We advise you to make a photocopy of all the documents previously listed (passport, identity card, VISA, driving license, health book, insurance, etc …) 

PLANE

Forbidden in the cabin  

  • Liquid greater than 100ml 
  • Sharp objects and / or cutting 
  • Flammable products 
  • All weapons and ammunition 
  • Printer cartridges 
  • Electronic cigarette liquid 

Forbidden in the hold luggage

  • Lighter and matches
  • Printer cartridges
  • Gas bottle
  • Chemical products
  • Lacquer, paint or vanish
  • Stripping products
  • Mercury thermometer 

Large luggage 

Any baggage exceeding 158 cm (height + length + width) is considered bulky. You will have to pay a supplement according to your airline, and present yourself 3 hours before the flight to check in. 

Musical instruments

According to the airline, if it’s your only baggage, it can be checked for free or you will have to pay extra. You can take it as cabin luggage if it is less than 115 cm (height + length + width). For an instrument greater than 32kg or 300cm, you will have to notify the company 48h before your departure. 

Firearm

If your weapon is intended for sports, you will also have to make a request to the service of your airline at least 48 hours before your departure. 

Puppies

Depending on the company, the plane or the destination, the transport of animals can be highly regulated or prohibited. We advise you to refer to the following link to know all the data to be taken into account according to each airline: 

https://www.skyscanner.fr/actualites/prendre-lavion-avec-un-chien-ou-un-cat-the-price-of-companies-airline 

Moroccan Culture

  • In Morocco everything is negotiable, except in large retailers
  • Don’t drink tap water and buy a bottle of water (12MAD for 5L). 
  • Respect religious places (be discreet & totally dressed) 
  • Don’t eat somewhere else other than in restaurants or cafes 
  • Don’t drink or eat in public spaces during Ramadan 
  • You can buy a Sim card for 20MAD & 4G for 20 or 50MAD depending on the amount of data you want 
  • Morocco remains low cost & you can eat for 5€ per meal, per person

Emergency numbers 

  • Police : 190 
  • Firemen : 150 
  • Royal Gendarmerie : 177 
  • Ambulance / Firemen : 150 
  • Morocco assistance : 05 22 30 30 30 
  • World assistance : 05 22 31 31 50 
  • Doctors : 05 22 98 98 98 
  • Poison control center : 05 37 68 64 64 / 08 01 00 01 80 
  • National airport office : 05 22 53 90 40 / 05 22 53 91 40 / 05 22 43 58 58 

Now you have all the information in your hands to completely enjoy your surf trip to Morocco. We hope it will help you avoid bad surprises and we would be so happy to welcome you in our surf camp near Taghazout, 15 km far from Agadir. We propose a 100% surf & yoga experience in a friendly environment.