Morocco : Safety by City
Morocco is a country located in North Africa, boasting both Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines and bordering Western Sahara to the south, Algeria to the east and the North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the Mediterranean coast in the north.
It is known for its typical and unique culture that its neighboring countries or any countries, for that matter, share. It is a mix of cultures and influences, actually, such as Roman ruins or French architecture. It is filled with gorgeous natural beauties varying from sea to mountain and desert, and the mix of cultures is best visible in the fact that the three languages most spoken in Morocco are Arabic, French, Berber and Spanish. It is, for the most part, a safe country, if not the safest, but it is important to be careful at all times, since it is filled with petty crime.
Warnings & Dangers in Morocco
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Morocco is, for the most part, a safe country to visit. Its crime rates are relatively low, but it is advised to remain vigilant at all times and keep your valuables in a safe place. It is a friendly Muslim country, so it is expected of tourists to be respectful of Islamic culture and customs.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transportation in Morocco is mostly safe to use. However, as a tourist, you should keep an eye on your belongings or your valuables while on public transport.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Petty crime is an everyday occurrence in Morocco, so never let your guard down. Be especially careful on beaches, crowded places and tourist landmarks and areas. Seniors have also been reported as thieves, so be on the lookout.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
During the rainy season that spreads from November to March, occasional flooding has been known to happen, as well as earthquakes. Also, if you're thinking of venturing into Sahara, be wary of scorpions and snakes.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Mugging isn't common in Morocco, and neither is kidnapping, though there have been some reports of Westerners' kidnapping by some terrorist organizations. It is advised to avoid quiet and poorly lit areas and to remain vigilant wherever you are.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Terrorists are somewhat likely to try and carry out a terrorist attack in this country. While there have been no attacks since 2011, there have been threats to government institutions/personalities. Also, demonstrations are occasionally carried out throughout the country, but they are mostly peaceful.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
Common scams characteristic for Morocco are cyber scams with scammers extorting money from people via emails. Scams reported were requests of money in exchange for some services or for certain investments. There are also con artists that are a persistent problem in Morocco. They usually pretend to be the tourist's friend for a couple of days, shows them around the city, and gives them tips on where to eat or stay. It is only when the tourist finally believes them to be genuine that the con artist steals everything they can from them.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Women will probably encounter constant harassment on the streets, if alone, but this is usually just cat-calls and (disturbing) hisses. Do not be polite since no Moroccan woman would put up with behavior like that. Dark sunglasses make it easier to avoid eye contact. It is strongly advised to stay away from empty and poorly lit streets and to not go out alone at night.
So... How Safe Is Morocco Really?
It is generally known that Morocco is considered a safe country. It is relatively low in crime, even though it is filled with petty crime and it is important that you remain vigilant at all times. Far from it that Morocco is devoid of crime, but the uncomfortable situations can be easily avoided if you follow the rules of common sense, and typical dangerous situations for any tourist: avoid walking at night or in dark alleys, avoid being alone on the streets and keep your money and passports in a safe place.
It should be noted that, in Morocco, it’s difficult to walk down the street without being bothered by somebody offering to help you with something, give you directions, sell you something, etc. Your best bet is to politely refuse their services and keep walking, as all they are after is money.
Con artists are also an everyday problem in Morocco. The majority of them are relatively easy to spot, but there are others that seem legitimate and genuine for several days. They pretend they are your friend for a couple of days, and then steal everything they can from you.
- Visas - Most countries do not need a visa in order to enter Morocco, only a passport valid for at least 90 days from the day of departure from Morocco. However, if you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
- Currency - Moroccan Dirham is the official currency in Morocco. ATMs are widely used, and credit cards are usually accepted in restaurants and hotels of big cities and important tourist areas. Compared to Europe or the US, the budget you will need for food, accommodation or travel is relatively low.
- Weather - Since its climate conditions vary depending on the area of the country, Morocco is nice to visit year-round. The north and central areas of the country are usually hot and dry during the summer, while winters in those parts are usually mild and somewhat wet. However, if you go to more southern parts, you will encounter more extreme winter conditions.
- Airports - Mohammed V International Airport is an airport located about 30 km south-east of Casablanca. It is the busiest airport in Morocco with approximately 8 million passengers passing through it each year. Another important airport in Morocco is the Rabat-Sale International Airport located to the north of Rabat.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Morocco, since it covers not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.