Located in North Africa, with Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, Morocco offers rich, unique culture and history that its neighbors do not share. You will be surrounded by a mix of influences such as the great Mediterranean civilizations like the Roman ruins at Volubilis or the old French architectural inspiration in Rabat. And you cannot escape the breathtaking panoramas that Morocco offers! Ranging from sea, mountain, and desert, you will have plenty of adventures to choose from.
The major languages spoken in Morocco are Arabic, French, Berber, and Spanish.
While the Moroccan government does not publish data on crime, the media and word-of-mouth suggests a moderate criminal activity in the country. The most common crimes reported are petty crimes, and their targets are people who do not blend in and draw too much attention to themselves. The majority of crimes against tourists are reported in Marrakech, followed by Casablanca, Tangier, Fez, and Rabat. In fact, Rabat is considered one of the safest cities in Morocco due to the high volume of security in its streets.
Demonstrations happen frequently and are usually focused on political and/or social issues. Although government permit is necessary by law, there are some spontaneous unauthorized demonstrations, which are more likely to be violent.
While public transportation and taxis are inexpensive and generally safe in terms of crime, driving habits are poor.
“Petit taxis” are shared taxis (up to three people) and are common in most cities. “Grand taxis” or buses are usually not recommended for visitors unless that’s the only option. These taxis are white Mercedes that use fixed urban or interurban routes. They can get crowded and uncomfortable.
If you do not want to get a shared taxi, make sure you negotiate the price before you get in.
Trains are generally safe and on time. They can get crowded, but they are comfortable and an efficient way to get from one major city to another.
Crime and Scams
Morocco does not have a high crime rate, but you can avoid become a crime victim by taking standard precautions. Do not carry large sums of cash or valuables on you; especially in Casablanca and Tangier, and to a lesser extent Fez and Marrakech.
Muggings are not common. Those who have reported being mugged usually had their things taken by stealth or were subjects to scams. Pay especial attention at transportations and in crowded areas as these are the places where pickpockets operate.
The most common natural hazards are flooding and the occasional earthquake. The rainy season usually provokes floods and landslides which can result in closing roads for hour and sometimes days.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK: MEDIUM
Morocco does not have a high crime rate, but it is important to be vigilant and keep your luggage and money secure. As Morocco is a Muslim country that follows Islamic laws and customs, you should be mindful and respect them.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: HIGH
Petty crime is common, especially in tourist areas, big cities, and beaches. Do not be fooled by people’s appearances, even seniors have been known of pickpocketing.
MUGGING & KIDNAPPING RISK: LOW
Muggings and kidnappings are not common. There have been reports of some kidnappings of Westerns by terrorist organizations. Avoid quiet areas and be vigilant at all times.
SCAMS RISK: LOW
Common cybercrimes reported are requests of money upfront for services or investments.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW
Overall, transportation in Morocco are safe. However, travelers need to keep an eye on their belongings at all times.
NATURAL RISKS: MEDIUM
There are occasional flooding during the rainy season (November-March) and earthquakes.
If you decide to go to the Sahara, be alert of snakes and scorpions.
TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM
It is somewhat likely that terrorists will try to carry out attacks in Morocco. While there have been no attacks since 2011, there have been threats to government institutions/personalities. Travelers should be vigilant at all times.
WOMEN TRAVELER RISK:MEDIUM
Women, especially when traveling alone, may get some unwanted attention from men. Wear clothes that cover your arms, legs, and chest in order to blend in.
Some nationalities like Israel and many Sub-Saharan African countries require Visas, but most of countries only need a passport valid for at least 90 days following their departure date from Morocco. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
Morocco has a gamma of different climates across the country making it a great destination year-round. The north coast and central areas is hot and dry during summer and somewhat wet in winter. As you descend, the temperatures become more extreme.