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3 Best Ways to renew your Morocco Visa

This guide explains how and where you can renew your 90-day travel visa for Morocco.

Morocco is a beautiful and safe country full of exotic places to see and things to do.

When I traveled to this country, I fell in love with it and knew I wanted to stay there longer. But as a Canadian citizen, I was only allowed to remain in the country for 90 days upon entry.

Holders of UK, EU, US, Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand passports and citizens of   the following countries  can enter Morocco visa-free and are allowed to stay there for up to 90 days.

However, three months just didn’t satisfy me as I felt there was still so much more to see and do, so I looked online and made tons of research to find out if it was possible to extend my travel visa for Morocco.

After finding a lot of contradictory information online, I started asking expats who had been living in Morocco for years how they were able to renew their Morocco visa for so long.

They told me that it’s possible to extend your stay in Morocco by leaving the country for a few days and coming back thus getting a brand new 90 days in the country.

Border runs to renew your 90-day visa in Morocco are not officially permitted, but it is certainly not frowned upon and to this day people do this without any problem.

In this article, I’ll explain how and where to cross the border to renew your 90-day tourist visa for Morocco.

There are to my knowledge three different and easy ways to leave Morocco to extend your visa. I will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

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1. Take a ferry to Spain to renew your Morocco visa

Taking a ferry to Spain to renew your Morocco visa is the first and most obvious option if you are in the north of the country .

It would be possible to take a ferry to France and Italy as well, but the proximity of Spain means you won’t have to go too far and spend days at sea simply to renew your visa.

The Tangier to Tarifa ferry route currently connects Spain with Morocco and is operated by 2 different ferry companies: The FRS service and the Inter Shipping service.

The FRS service runs up to 8 times per day with a sailing duration of around 1 hour while the Inter Shipping service runs up to 6 times per day with a sailing duration of 2 hours.

I’ve taken the ferry a few times to renew my visa and I was able to return on the same day. However, it might be better to spend at least one day out of Morocco before you return.

The border officials only asked me where I was staying but that was it. So if you want to extend your travels in Morocco, you can easily take the ferry and renew your Morocco visa!

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2. Cross the border in Ceuta or Melilla

Ceuta and Melilla are two cities within the Moroccan territory that belongs to Spain. It is possible to cross the border to these two cities to extend your Morocco visa but I wouldn’t totally recommend it for various reasons.

First of all, there is a constant influx of people trying to enter the two Spanish enclaves illegally. This means that the whole area surrounding the border itself can be quite chaotic and is often very busy.

There are also reports of pickpockets preying on unwary travelers around these two borders, making the crossing a bit of a stressful experience.

Once you’re in Spanish territory, meaning in the cities Ceuta and Melilla, Moroccan authorities may also insist that you stay out of the country for more than a couple of days, possibly a week or more.

The prices in these two cities are very expensive compared to Morocco, so be prepared to dig into your travel budget.

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3. Fly out of Morocco for a quick getaway

If you have the time and a good budget, why not fly out of Casablanca , Marrakesh or Tangier to a nearby destination in Europe such as Portugal or Spain?

You could stay there for one week, return all refreshed and you’d have added a new destination to your inventory.

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I renewed my visa 3 times within one year by taking the ferry to Spain twice and crossing the border in Ceuta once.

Even though it’s not officially permitted, I never had any problems and the border officials never made a comment about it.

I know some people who have already been in Morocco for a couple of years by renewing their Morocco visa every 3 months.

So if you want to stay longer than just 90 days in Morocco, this is the way to easily renew your Morocco visa!

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38 thoughts on “3 Best Ways to renew your Morocco Visa”

I am spanish and my mom moroccan, i live between Spain and Morocco and i think it’s great things to provide Info to people who ignore some interesting Details 🙂 You can also count on me anytime)

Hello, thank you for sharing this precious article. I am about to renew my Tourist Visa and I want to visit Ceuta from Tanger. Do you know I can make it in the same day? Or better sleep at Ceuta one night in order to get the renewal?

Hi Marcello, I’d recommend staying in Ceuta for a night and return the day after. This is always better than returning the same day 🙂 Good luck!

Thanks Cynthia, I am bit concerned because I have also read that 90 days are issued in a time frame of 180 days (more o less like Schengen rules).

Hi cynthia, Was reading comments up to November 2022, any idea if anything’s changed from the guidance provided. Am on an AU passport and want to extend my time in this awesome country. Looking at ferry run staying in Spain for 3 nights then return have you heard any issues posed. The comments seem to indicate all Is well Thanks so much for the blog, as I was researching and found several contradictory statements and the 90 days doesn’t indicate clearly the rules.

Hi Belinda, I think that it won’t be an issue, especially as you’re staying a few days out of the country. Let us know how it went!

Hey Marcello,

How did you go, no problems? Looking at a Couple nights in Spain after a ferry crossing to return. Be great to hear how you went

I am an US citizen I found this blog helpful. Just wanted to share my recent experience with renewing 90 entry visa. I decided to take the ferry(frs) to Spain round trip tickets $750 Moroccan dirhams ($75). I purchased 2pm depart and 5pm return. I literally got off the ferry in Spain went through arrival visa counter, exited then went into the departure door and got back on the same ferry. While on the ferry back to Morocco there was a entry visa counter inside the ferry people lined up to get there entry visas on the ferry. Provided you fill out 1.entry form and 2. Public health form (Covid). No proof PCR or Vaccination was asked of me. I just filled out the Health form accordingly and gave to man collecting forms. When I got off the Ferry there were two police officers checking passengers entry stamp before they exited.

Thank you for this update!

I am indian national and I cannot enter Morocco without visa so I have gotten a 90 days visa, and I want to stay more, so will it work if I go to turkey for a week and apply from there for another 90 days visitor visa of Morocco? or they only give 90 days visa per year?

Hi Mahadev, I don’t know how it works when you have to apply for a visa. I’d recommend you contact your embassy to get accurate information on this topic. Best wishes

thank you for response will do that!

So I followed your advice and went ahead and took a quick trip to Seville from Fez and just returned later that day in Oujda (Ryanair for the win). Then my husband and I returned to his hometown via the train. 4 Days later the police knocked on his door asking who I was and why I was here and why I left for only one day. My husband explained I wanted to stay a little bit longer after my 90 day tourist visa, and that I would be leaving in about 1 month (I had bought a one way ticket so we could travel Europe which ended up not happening) and the prices were too expensive to head home at the end of my 90 days so we figured a quick renewal and all would be well. The police asked basic questions and then eventually said everything was fine. Gave me a partial heart attack but everything was fine they said and would call my husband if there are any issues.

They said that if I left more then one day they would not have come to the house to check on me. So that being said if you plan on leaving and coming back for a 90 day tourist visa I highly recommend to stay out of the country at least one day. Then there would be no issues.

Hi Tori, thanks for your update! I’ll add to the post that it’s best to stay out of the country for a couple of days. I’m glad you were able to renew your visa.

Does anyone know the procedures if you do not decide to leave the country? I read that going to the nearest police station is one way… .I am here with my wife and 6-month old child so just crossing the border to Spain is a bit of a hassle.. we have a month left before we have to renew… if any of you know the procedures please let us know..

I am eagerly awaiting your response. Thanks in advance.

with the current Covid 19 pandemic will I be able to return to Morocco after exceeding a 90 day visit?

That will depend if Morocco has opened its borders to citizens of the country of your passport

Hello Cynthia, about the tourist visa, does the 90 day T Visa reset everytime you leave or does an initial entry establish a 90 day duration that has to expire while out of the country. I am thinking it is the former from the posts and your answers but would like to verify Thanks in advance Galen

Hi Galen, the 90-day duration resets every time you reenter the country.

We just heard that if you come in with a car, then it’s a 6 month VISA. Anybody else hear this/have this experience?

I need to renew my visa i am at 77days , i am in fes morocco and i am canadian. I want to know how long i need to be out of the country when taking the ferry. Can i take it and get to spain then take the next ferry back out ( maybe have a coffee in spain while i wait).

Hi Melissa, in the past it hasn’t been a problem for me to take a ferry to Spain and come back to Morocco just an hour later. Just take a ferry to Spain and hop back on the next one to Morocco.

Hello! I am so glad I found your website! The information you guys have provided is very helpful and sincerely appreciated! I was wondering if you guys are still in Morocco, and if so, how you are dealing with the current entry restrictions/requirements while renewing your 90-day visas? I’m a US citizen currently in Morocco, planning my trip to renew my visa. I’m just curious about your experience in regards to the Covid PCR testing and the hotel reservation requirements upon entry. If I take the PCR test here in Morocco, and I take a ferry to Spain and return the same day (or if I fly out of the country and return within the 72 hour expiration window), will that same PCR test be accepted? Thank you soo much! I look forward to hearing back from you!

Hi Angelina! I’m very happy you like my website!!

I’m not in Morocco anymore so I don’t really know. It would make sense that you could use the same test, as it’s been taken within 72 hours, however, as you’ve been in another country, it’s very likely you’ll have to test there again before being able to return… Maybe you could inquire at one of the ferry agencies?

We just PCR tested in Morocco on the way out – so that it was still valid when we came back in again 🙂

Good to know 🙂

I used to have Moroccan ID card as I’m a student here but it is expiring soon and I can’t renew it anymore because my studies duration has ended. So, I went to the police station today to seek for informations on how to solve this problem. They advised me to leave the country before my card expires and hand the ID card to the immigration.

I was searching for solutions on how i can enter back to Morocco because I still have things to settle with the University.

Hence, I’m trying to enter as a tourist after i handed my ID card. Thank you very much as your post really helps me.

Hi Shahira,

We’re glad the post could help you. Morocco is a gorgeous country and a great place to study. We hope you’re able to re-enter the country easily.

Hello shahira, Can yu give us an update about your situation? Did you re enter again after your id expire and considering as tourist status ?and if you did , did you exit Morocco before the id expiration and enter after the expiration date or before?

Hi Nomads! On the subject of Moroccan visa renewal, do you know if an overland visit to Western Sahara (on my bicycle) would give me an extra 90 days on my return to Morocco? Cheers, Steven

Hi Steven, as soon as you have left Morocco and you return the same or a few days later, you’ll get a new travel visa, meaning you can stay in Morocco again for 90 days. So if you’re going to Mauritania or Algeria and you want to return to Morocco, you should be able to! Have a great trip!!

Hi!. Thank you for your very helpful post!.. Im an American in Marrakech. Im taking a bus to Tangier and from Tangier a ferry to Tarifa, was hoping a day trip!.. Your post has been super informative..any other advice or tips as i am leaving tonight! Thanks, Pamela

Enjoy the ferry trip Pamela. Just a few more tips: Bring some snacks for the boat ride as the food on the ferry is super expensive. On your way back, get in line to get your re-entry stamp as soon as you get on the ferry so you won’t have to wait on the boat when it reaches the Moroccan shore.

Thamks..will do!.. I will be buying my ticket there at the port in Tangier. Should i get return ticket at same time?.. Thoughts!.. I should be arriving in Tangier by 8 am. Thanks, Pamela

Hi Pamela, Yes, you can get your return ticket at the same time. Enjoy the ferry crossing!

I am from Morocco and your tips are very helpful for foreigners who are not sure about what’s appropriate and what’s not, I will definitely share this with any travelers who wants to visit morocco.

That is so great to hear! Thanks so much! 🙂

We hope it can help more and more people renew their Moroccan visa and stay longer in your beautiful country 🙂

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Launch of electronic visa “eVisa”

This new measure has been put in place in accordance with the very high directions of HM King Mohammed VI to improve, simplify and modernize consular services.

It is part of the ongoing efforts made by Morocco, both at the national and international levels, to digitalize the services provided by the public administration. It enshrines the modernization of consular work at the level of Diplomatic Missions and Consular Posts of the Kingdom, as recommended by the strategy of the Ministry concerning the reform of this area.

This electronic visa is a one-time authorization that is valid for a maximum of 180 days from the date of issue. It will allow access to Moroccan territory for a stay of up to 30 days.

Three categories of foreign nationals will benefit from the "eVisa". These include nationals of countries, defined by the competent Moroccan authorities (Thailand and Israel as a first step); foreign nationals holding a residence or stay permit valid for at least 180 days on the date of application for the e-visa and residing in one of the EU countries, the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, New Zealand and Switzerland as well as foreign nationals holding non-electronic visas of Schengen countries, the United States Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand, with multiple entries and that are valid for at least 90 days as of the date of submission of the eVisa application.

Applications for "Tourist" or "Business" visas submitted online by the nationals concerned via www.acces-maroc.ma will be processed within 24 hours (Express Visa) and 72 hours (Standard Visa).

For the launch of the "eVisa", the Ministry has established, in coordination with the relevant Departments, a legal framework for the eVisa and means of data exchange in this regard.

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Do you need a visa to visit Morocco?

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Travelers from around 70 countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the European Union and the United Kingdom, can travel to Morocco as tourists without a visa. The maximum stay is 90 days, which starts on the date of your entry stamp, not three calendar months.

For a complete list of visa-exempt countries and visa durations, check the website of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Moroccan embassy or consulate in your country. Some countries, such as Hong Kong and the Maldives are limited to 30 days of visa-free travel, so check whether there are any special conditions for traveling on your passport.

Passports of all travelers must have a spare page for immigration entry stamps and six months of validity after your entry into Morocco. Regardless of where you arrive in Morocco, check that your passport is stamped on arrival because this date entry and unique number will be referenced during your stay by accommodations and immigration officials. 

Who needs a visa to visit Morocco?

Travelers who do require a tourist visa can apply for an e-visa and pay online. The e-visa is also known as Autorisation Électronique de Voyage au Maroc (AEVM). Check your eligibility and the document requirements and apply, pay and track your visa application using the Access Maroc website .

There are two e-visa options for Morocco. An E-visa Standard costs Dh770 and takes three business days to process. An E-visa Express costs Dh1100 and takes one business day to process. Both e-visas are valid 180 days from the issue date and allow visits to Morocco for up to 30 days.

Visa extension requests can be made at central police stations in Morocco, although they are not always guaranteed. Exiting the country and returning for a further 90 days in the same year is possible.

If you're planning on taking a non-Moroccan vehicle into the country on the ferry from Spain, it is worth noting that vehicles are allowed in Morocco for six months in a calendar year. The driver’s tourist visa is governed by the rules of their passport, so if you are entitled to a 90-day visa-free stay, you will either have to extend your visa or leave the country and go back. Your car can stay for six months, but you cannot unless an extension is granted.

Does Morocco have a digital nomad visa?

Morocco does not have a working holiday or digital nomad visa. If you wish to stay in the country for more than 90 days, visit a central police station and ask about a carte de sejour , a residency card required to live and work legally in Morocco.

The process involves quite a lot of paperwork, including copies of your birth certificate, a police record check and recent bank statements. Your first carte de sejour is valid for one year. You need to reapply for three years and then five years and then 10 years and so on. Eligibility, fees and criteria depend on which category you are applying in. Some require a work contract, a business, a spouse, a property or retirement.

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Visa guidelines for Tangier & Morocco: The Complete Guide

Visa-free travel: simplifying your moroccan journey, special note: visa exemptions for morocco travel.

For citizens hailing from these nations, the need for a visa is entirely waived for stays of up to 90 days in the enchanting land of Morocco. This remarkable policy fosters hassle-free travel, allowing you to immerse yourself in Morocco's rich culture, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities without the burden of visa formalities. Whether you're planning a short visit or an extended stay, Morocco welcomes you with open arms.

Visa Requirements for Morocco: A Comprehensive Guide

Morocco, a captivating destination, beckons travelers from around the globe. However, whether you need a visa to enter depends on your nationality. Some lucky travelers are exempt from the need for a visa, allowing them to explore this enchanting country without prior visa arrangements. Notably, citizens from the United States, European Union nations, Japan, Australia, and more are among the fortunate ones. To gain a deeper understanding, delve into the details of Morocco's visa policy.

In response to the surge of inquiries pouring in from enthusiastic travelers planning our captivating Seville to Tangier day trip , we have painstakingly crafted this comprehensive guide to tackle the primary question that often lingers before sealing the deal on their travel plans.

Really, I Need a Visa to Visit Morocco?

Question: is a visa necessary to step foot in morocco.

We are constantly inundated with queries revolving around the necessity of a visa for entering Morocco. To provide absolute clarity on this matter, we've meticulously curated an extensive roster of countries whose citizens are privileged to savor a visa-free stay in Morocco, lasting up to a generous 90 days.

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Moroccan passport visa free countries : Countries Exempt from Visa Requirements for Entry to Morocco

For citizens hailing from these nations, the need for a visa is entirely waived for stays of up to 90 days in the enchanting land of Morocco:

  • Ivory Coast
  • Czech Republic
  • Republic of Congo
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Russian Federation
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Visa Exemptions for Morocco Travel: Exploring Morocco without hassle.

Visa-exempt countries for short stays:discover the privileged nations..

For travelers hailing from specific countries, the path to Morocco is free from visa-related hurdles for stays of up to 90 days. This generous policy extends to various nations, including Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, and others. Notably, citizens of Hong Kong and Singapore enjoy stays up to 30 days. Soak in the Moroccan experience without the worry of visa formalities.

Diplomatic Passport Holders' Privilege : Distinguished entry without visas.

If you possess a diplomatic, official, or service passport from select countries, your voyage to Morocco is simplified. Delve into the list, which includes Austria, China, Colombia, Italy, and more. These esteemed travelers can explore Morocco's wonders for up to 90 days, enjoying their journey without visa obligations.

Online Visa Authorization for Eligible Nations:Streamlined process for electronic authorization.

Certain countries, including the Republic of the Congo and Guinea, grant their citizens the convenience of obtaining a Morocco Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) online. This streamlined process allows travelers to secure authorization with ease. Once processed and approved, the electronic authorization must be printed and presented upon entry and exit from Morocco, a hassle-free approach available to those across the globe.

Traveling in Morocco or Tanngier Sans Visa: A journey for the privileged.

If you hail from one of the aforementioned visa-exempt countries, your travel to Morocco is blessedly uncomplicated. Your passport should be valid for six more months and possess an empty page for the entry stamp. Alongside, a return-flight ticket within the next 90 days is a valuable possession. For those who wish to extend their stay, a straightforward procedure at the nearest Police Precinct awaits.

Selecting the Appropriate Morocco Visa Type:Understanding your visa options.

Aspiring travelers to Morocco encounter three primary visa categories to consider:

Morocco Tourist Visa:Embarking on short-term ventures.

The Morocco Tourist Visa, tailored for those seeking short-term experiences, encompasses tourism, personal visits, cultural events, business engagements, and more. Both single and multiple entry options are available, allowing stays of up to 90 days. However, numerous countries are granted visa-free entry, ensuring a smooth start to your Moroccan exploration.

Morocco Transit Visa:Navigating en route to another destination.

The Morocco Transit Visa becomes relevant if you plan to transit through Moroccan territory en route to another country. This visa, valid for one or two transits, permits a stay of up to 72 hours. Ideal for travelers with ongoing journeys, this visa ensures hassle-free connections.

Long-Term Morocco Visa: A doorway to extended experiences.

Foreigners with long-term aspirations in Morocco, such as work or family reunification, opt for the Long-Term Morocco Visa. Although initially valid for three months, this visa holds the potential for a Residency Card application. Notably, the Morocco Tourist Visa doesn't grant access to the residency process. The long-term visa encompasses diverse subtypes, including the Morocco Work Visa, Student Visa, and Visa for Family Reunification.

  • The Morocco Visa Application Form.
  • Copies of your passport and passport-size pictures.
  • A return flight ticket.
  • Proof of accommodation and sufficient financial means.
  • Travel insurance for a secure voyage.
  • Confirmation of paid Morocco visa fee.

If your nationality is among those exempted, you simply need the following:

A valid passport: Completion of a brief entry form, which will be provided upon arrival Should you opt for the ferry journey from Spain (Tarifa or Algeciras) to Morocco, passport control is conducted onboard. You'll complete the necessary formalities during the ferry ride at a designated police office. Here, you'll submit the completed entry form, along with your passport, to Moroccan authorities.

Not on the Visa-Free List? What to Do:If your country isn't on the visa-exempt list, you'll need to secure a visa to visit Morocco. To initiate the process, reach out to any of the Moroccan embassies or consulates across the world. For detailed assistance, consult the official list of Moroccan embassies and consulates.

By comprehending the visa landscape, your Moroccan journey unfolds seamlessly, ensuring you make the most of this remarkable destination.

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Essential Documents for a Morocco Visa Application: Preparing for a seamless application process.

When embarking on the Morocco visa application journey, certain documents are pivotal:

If your nationality is among those exempted (list countries), you simply need the following:

A valid passport

Completion of a brief entry form, which will be provided upon arrival. Should you opt for the ferry journey from Spain (example to emjoy a Tarifa top Tangier Day trip or Seville to Tangier Day Trip) to Morocco, passport control is conducted onboard. You'll complete the necessary formalities during the ferry ride at a designated police office. Here, you'll submit the completed entry form, along with your passport, to Moroccan authorities.

Not on the Visa-Free List? What to Do:

If your country isn't on the visa-exempt list, you'll need to secure a visa to visit Morocco. To initiate the process, reach out to any of the Moroccan embassies or consulates across the world. For detailed assistance, consult the official list of Moroccan embassies and consulates.

Visa Guide and Travel Recommendations for Tangier, Morocco

Step 1: check visa requirements.

Before planning your Tarifa to Tangier Day trip or Seville to Tangier day trip , it's crucial to check whether you need a visa to enter Morocco. As mentioned earlier, citizens of certain countries are exempt from visa requirements for short stays (up to 90 days). Refer to the list of visa-exempt countries and see if your nationality is included.

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If your country is on the visa-exempt list, you can proceed with your travel plans without the need for a visa. However, ensure your passport is valid for at least six more months from your planned date of entry into Morocco.

Step 2: Determine Visa Type

If your country is not on the visa-exempt list, you will need to apply for a visa. The type of visa you need depends on the purpose and duration of your stay. Here are the main visa types:

  • Morocco Tourist Visa: Suitable for short-term visits, including tourism, personal visits, and business engagements. It allows stays of up to 90 days.
  • Morocco Transit Visa: If you're passing through Morocco en route to another country, this visa is ideal. It's valid for one or two transits and permits a stay of up to 72 hours.
  • Long-Term Morocco Visa: For those with long-term plans, such as work, study, or family reunification. Initially valid for three months, it can lead to a Residency Card application.

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Select the visa type that aligns with your travel purpose and duration. Ensure you have all the required documents (listed in Step 4) specific to your chosen visa category.

Step 3: Contact the Nearest Moroccan Embassy/Consulate

To apply for a Moroccan visa, you should contact the nearest Moroccan embassy or consulate in your home country. They will provide you with the necessary guidance and information on the application process.

It's advisable to contact the embassy/consulate well in advance of your travel date to allow ample time for visa processing.

Step 4: Prepare Required Documents

Regardless of the type of visa you're applying for, there are some common documents you will need. These typically include:

  • Completed Morocco Visa Application Form
  • Valid Passport (with at least six months validity)
  • Passport-size Photographs
  • Proof of Accommodation in Morocco
  • Proof of Sufficient Financial Means
  • Travel Insurance
  • Proof of Paid Visa Fee

Gather all required documents and ensure they meet the specific criteria outlined by the Moroccan embassy/consulate in your country.

Step 5: Attend Visa Appointment

Once you've collected all necessary documents, schedule an appointment with the Moroccan embassy/consulate to submit your visa application. During the appointment, you may be asked for additional information or documents, so be prepared.

Arrive at your appointment on time and be courteous and organized. Double-check that you have all the required documents with you.

Step 6: Visa Processing

The processing time for a Moroccan visa can vary, but it typically takes several days to a few weeks. You can inquire about the estimated processing time during your visa appointment.

Be patient during the processing period and refrain from making non-refundable travel bookings until you have received your visa.

Step 7: Receive Your Visa

Once your visa is approved, you will receive it in your passport. Check the visa's validity dates to ensure it covers your intended travel period.

Make a copy of your visa and keep it in a safe place, separate from your passport, in case it gets lost or stolen during your trip.

Step 8: Travel to Tangier

With your visa in hand, you're ready to embark on your journey to Tangier. Ensure you have your passport, visa, and other necessary travel documents with you when you depart.

Double-check your flight details, accommodation reservations, and any other travel arrangements to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip to Tangier.

Step 9: Extend Your Stay (if needed)

If you wish to extend your stay beyond the visa's validity period, you can do so by following a straightforward procedure at the nearest Police Precinct in Morocco.

If you plan to extend your stay, initiate the process well in advance of your visa's expiration date.

By following these steps and recommendations, you can obtain the necessary visa and enjoy a smooth and memorable journey to Tangier, Morocco. Safe travels!

Visa Requirements for Morocco Travel: Conclusion

In conclusion, Morocco offers a warm embrace to travelers from a wide array of nations, making it an accessible and enticing destination for many. The visa exemptions for those listed countries provide a gateway to explore Morocco's wonders without the intricacies of visa applications.

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Planning to visit Morocco ? You’re in for an array of unforgettable experiences, from uncovering culture and cuisine in ancient cities, to exploring souks and desert trekking. But before you pack your bags, be sure to attend to a few practical matters, like how to get a Morocco visa.

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Do I need a visa to go to Morocco? 

Citizens of around 65 countries don’t need a visa to enter Morocco for up to 90 days. These include the UK, the US, all 27 Schengen countries, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.

All other nationalities must have a visa or travel authorization to enter Morocco.

Citizens of 100+ countries can apply for the Moroccan e-visa online, while citizens of around 75 nations must apply for a visa at a Moroccan embassy or consulate.

In addition, citizens of The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Israel, Mali and Thailand can apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).

UK citizens

British nationals visiting Morocco as tourists for up to three months don’t need a visa.

The UK government advises travellers to make sure their passports are stamped when entering Morocco — some travellers have experienced difficulties as a result of having no entry stamp.

The UK Embassy of Morocco also advises that your passport is valid for at least three months from your date of entry.

US citizens

For stays under 90 days, US citizens don’t need a visa to enter Morocco.

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As outlined above, citizens of 100+ countries can apply for the Moroccan e-visa online, while citizens of around 75 nations must apply for a visa at a Moroccan embassy or consulate.

To ascertain what you need to do, check with the Moroccan embassy or consulate in your country, or on the e-visa portal .

100% online, the Morocco e-Visa cuts out the need to show any paperwork in person. Simply visit the government e-visa portal to apply. 

Valid for tourism and business trips, it’s a single-entry travel permit, and valid for 180 days from the date of issue, or until your passport expires — whichever date is earliest.

Once issued, you can use your online visa at any time during the 180-day validity period, and stay in Morocco for up to 30 days.

Passport holders from around 75 nations must apply for a visa at a Moroccan embassy or consulate. Check the   government e-visa portal to ascertain the requirements for your country.

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Can I get help with a Morocco visa? 

To get help with your Morocco visa, contact the Moroccan embassy or consulate, or check the official e-visa portal .

In addition, by using our tailor-made trip service you will be provided with invaluable information that’ll help you make the most of your time in Morocco. Our local experts, alongside being on hand to help curate your ideal itinerary, can advise on practical matters.

When you apply for a Morocco e-visa online, you have two options in terms of how fast it’s issued.

The standard service has a turnaround time of three business days, while the “e-visa express” processing time is one business day.

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Valid for 180 days from the date of issue, or until your passport expires — whichever date is earliest — Morocco e-visas allow visitors to stay for up to 30 days.

The standard service e-visa costs 770 MAD (Moroccan dirham), while the express service costs 1100 MAD. 

If you wish to extend your stay on a tourist visa, you must make a request in person at the local police station within 15 days of your arrival to Morocco.

You will be asked to provide a copy of your visa and pay the required extension fee after which your request will be verified. Also make sure to present a legitimate reason to get the permit extended.

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A visitor who wishes to visit the Kingdom of Morocco for tourism may require a tourist visa depending on his or her nationality. A tourist visa is issued for a period of up to 90 days. In case a tourist wants to stay for more than 90 days in Morocco, he or she will require a resident permit to do so.

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Eligibility Criteria for Morocco Tourist Visa

To be eligible for Morocco tourist visa you will have to fulfil the following conditions:

  • You must have a valid passport
  • Your passport must have a validity that extends the duration of the visa you are applying for by at least 6 months
  • You must provide a copy of your completed visa application form
  • You must provide proof of confirmed hotel reservation, flight bookings and travel itinerary for the entire duration of your stay in Morocco
  • You must provide a copy of your round-trip or tour ticket
  • You must provide proof of your financial ability so as to support yourself financially during your stay in Morocco and for your return transportation.
  • You must provide a formal statement of your financial situation from your bank that is less than 4 weeks old
  • You must provide proof of your employment
  • You must provide proof of having obtained travel insurance that covers the entire period of your trip to Morocco
  • You intend to leave Morocco at the end of your authorized stay

Steps to follow to apply for Morocco Tourist Visa

Before you apply for Morocco tourist visa, check the processing time required for the visa to be issued. Once you are aware of all the details regarding the application, you can go ahead with the following procedure:

Step 1: Download the visa application form

Obtain the visa application form from the Embassy of Morocco or the Moroccan Consulate in your country or you can download the Visa Application Form through the internet.

Step 2: Fill up the visa application form

Fill out the details required in the application form carefully. Do not forget to put your signature on your completed application form.

Step 3: Gather the required documents for visa application

Make a check list of the documents that you need to submit along with your application form. Gather all the documents and keep them ready for submission.

Step 4: Provide photograph for your visa application

Provide your recent colour photograph for the visa application. Make sure that your photograph matches or corresponds to all the specifications required for visa photographs. In any case, your photograph must not be more than 6 months old. You will need to submit two copies of your passport photograph along with your visa application form.

Step 5: Check the visa application fee

Check the fees required for your visa application. Keep the fee ready for submission along with your visa application form. Remember to check the mode of payment accepted for the visa application by the Moroccan Embassy located in your home country.

Step 6: Submit your visa application form

Submit your completed visa application form either in person or through a representative at the Embassy of Morocco nearest to you, along with all the required documentation. You can also send your visa application through mail.

Step 7: Pay required visa application fee

Pay the applicable fee for your visa application at the time of submitting your application form.

Step 8: Collect your visa

After your visa is issued you will be notified regarding the issuance. Collect your visa on time

Required Fees for Morocco Tourist Visa

  • Fees for 3 to 90 days stay period in Morocco (one entry) – USD 22.21 (INR 1,412.83)
  • Fees for 3 to 90 days stay period in Morocco (two entries) – USD 33.32 (INR 2,119.56)
  • Your application fee will not be refunded if your application for a tourist visa is refused or rejected for any reason.
  • The conversion into Indian currency is based on current conversion rates, which may change.
  • The visa application fee is subject to change at any time.

Extension of Moroccan Tourist Visa

Visitors who intend to stay for more than 90 days in the Kingdom of Morocco must request a permission to extend the duration of their stay. They must make the request at the nearest Police Precinct to their place of residence in Morocco.

Moroccan Tourist Visa Exemption

The Kingdom of Morocco exempts the citizens of several countries (including all countries under European Union) from obtaining a tourist visa to visit the country for a period of up to 90 days. The following is the list of the visa-exempted countries for Morocco:

Dos and Don’ts for Morocco Tourist Visa

You must remember the following dos and don’ts while applying for Morocco tourist visa.

  • Apply for a tourist visa at least 6 weeks in advance of your planned travel date so that there is enough time for the application procedure to be completed on time
  • Fill up your application form carefully with all accurate details
  • Bring original copies and photocopies of all supporting documents when you come to submit your visa application form at the Embassy of Morocco
  • Be prepared to submit any additional document required for your visa application
  • Do not present false documents for your tourist visa
  • Do not hide or misrepresent facts in your application
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Exercise increased caution in Morocco due to  terrorism .

Country Summary : Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Morocco. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.

Read the  country information page  for additional information on travel to Morocco.

If you decide to travel to Morocco:

  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
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Embassies and Consulates

U.s. consulate general casablanca.

8 Boulevard Moulay Youssef, Casablanca, Morocco

Telephone:  +(212) (522) 642-099

Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +(212)(661) 13-19-39

Fax:  +(212) (522) 29-77-01

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Passports and Visas:

  • You must have a valid passport with at least one blank page.
  • Visas are not required for visits lasting less than 90 days. Visit the  Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco  website for the most current visa information.
  • Overstays: If you remain in Morocco beyond 90 days without having requested an extension of stay, you will need to appear before a judge prior to departing Morocco. Please contact the immigration office at your local police station for details. Clearance may include the payment of a fine.
  • Lost/Stolen Passports: Please obtain a police report for a lost or stolen passport in the area where the loss or theft occurred.  Recently, police have required evidence of U.S. citizenship prior to issuing the report of loss. In these cases, U.S. citizens may visit U.S. Consulate General Casablanca to obtain a temporary emergency passport prior to obtaining a report of loss.
  • Travelers who plan to reside in Morocco must obtain a residence permit, (Certificat d’Immatriculation) Applications should be submitted to the Bureau des Etrangers of the Prefecture de Police or Commissariat Central in major cities, and to the Gendarmerie in remote areas and villages. Please see Residency Permits section under the Local Laws & Special Circumstances tab.
  • Carry a copy of your U.S. passport with you at all times to have proof of identity and U.S. citizenship readily available, if needed.
  • Children who possess U.S. passports and who are born to a Moroccan father may experience difficulty leaving Morocco without the father's permission, even if the parents are divorced and the mother has legal custody. Under Moroccan law, these children are considered Moroccan citizens.  
  • U.S. citizen women married to Moroccans do not need their spouse's permission to leave Morocco.

HIV/AIDS:   The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Morocco. 

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction , and  customs regulations  on our websites.

Safety and Security

All countries in the region remain vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations or individuals inspired by extremist ideology with little or no warning. The potential for terrorist violence against U.S. interests and citizens exists in Morocco. Long an important counterterrorism partner with the United States, Morocco’s capable security services have taken robust actions to guard against terrorist attacks. Moroccan authorities continue to disrupt groups seeking to attack U.S. or Western-affiliated and Moroccan government targets, arresting numerous individuals associated with international terrorist groups. Nevertheless, credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot potential attacks in the region, including Morocco. Lone wolf attacks are difficult to detect and disrupt and can occur without warning. In December 2018, two Scandinavian tourists were murdered by three Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) supporters in the Imlil Mountains near Marrakesh. U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regards to their personal security.

Establishments that are identifiable with the United States are potential targets for attacks. These may include facilities where U.S. citizens and other foreigners congregate, including clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, hotels, movie theaters, U.S. brand establishments, and other public areas.  U.S. citizen campers should camp in guarded campgrounds rather than isolated campsites.

Demonstrations: Demonstrations occur frequently in Morocco, are typically focused on political or social issues, and are only rarely confrontational or violent.

  • During periods of heightened regional tension, large demonstrations may take place in major cities.
  • By law, all demonstrations require a government permit, but spontaneous unauthorized demonstrations, which have greater potential for violence, can occur. In addition, different unions or groups may organize strikes to protest an emerging issue or government policy.
  • Travelers should be aware of current events in Morocco and stay informed of regional issues that could resonate in Morocco and create an anti-American response.
  • Avoid demonstrations if at all possible.
  • If caught in a demonstration, remain calm and move away immediately when provided the opportunity.
  • Exercise increased vigilance in areas that attract large crowds, such as sporting events.

Western Sahara: From 1975 to 1991, Western Sahara was the site of armed conflict between Moroccan government forces and the POLISARIO Front, which continues to seek independence for the territory. Tensions along the border in Western Sahara heightened in November 2020 when Moroccan forces conducted an operation on the border to clear a blockade by the POLISARIO Front; both sides have since engaged in a low intensity conflict along the border. There are thousands of unexploded mines in the Western Sahara and in areas of Mauritania adjacent to the Western Saharan border. Exploding mines are occasionally reported and have caused death and injury. There have been instances in which U.S. citizens suspected of being participants in political protests or of supporting NGOs that are critical of Moroccan policies have been expelled from, or not been allowed to enter, Western Sahara.

Crime: Crime in Morocco is a serious concern, particularly in major cities and tourist areas.

  • Use common sense and the same personal security measures you would normally use in a large U.S. city or tourist destination. 
  • Do not leave bags unattended. Keep them in sight and avoid placing passports, cash, cell phones, or other valuables in the outer pockets of backpacks or purses, or on tables in public places. Do not leave bags slung over the backs of chairs, on hotel or store counters, on top of your suitcase or larger travel bag, or out of your physical control in hotel lobbies, train stations, restaurants, and other public locations.
  • Aggressive panhandling, pick-pocketing, purse-snatching, theft from unoccupied vehicles, and harassment of women are the most frequently reported issues.
  • Criminals use weapons, primarily knives, during some street robberies and burglaries. These crimes have occurred at any time of day or night, not only in isolated places or areas less frequented by visitors, but in crowded areas as well.
  • Residential break-ins also occur and have on occasion turned violent, but most criminals look for opportunities based on stealth rather than confrontation.
  • Travelers should avoid soccer stadiums and their environs on days of scheduled matches as large groups of team supporters have been known to become unruly and harass and assault bystanders. 
  • Joggers should be mindful of traffic and remain in more heavily populated areas. It is always best to have a jogging companion, dress modestly, and avoid isolated areas or jogging at night.
  • At night and when moving about unfamiliar areas, avoid traveling alone and utilize “petit” taxis which vary by color in the major cities (Casablanca-Red, Rabat-Blue, Marrakech-Tan, etc.).
  • Taxis* in Morocco are generally crime-free during day time, although city buses are not considered safe.
  • Trains are generally safe, but theft, regardless of the time of day, sometimes occurs.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash and be particularly alert when using ATM machines. In the event you are victimized by crime or an attempted crime, please report the incident to the local police and the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca as soon as possible.

* NOTE: Some popular web-based ride-sharing services have operated in Morocco; however, the French-based company Heetch is currently the only service legally authorized to operate by the Moroccan Government. Media report that drivers of web-based ride-sharing services have been harassed and assaulted by regular taxi drivers in the recent past.

Victims of Crime:  U.S. citizen victims of crimes should contact the local police at 19 from a land line or 190 from a mobile phone, and the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca at (212) 522 64 20 99. Remember that the local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes. See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • help you find appropriate medical care;
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police;
  • with written consent, contact your relatives or friends;
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms;
  • provide a list of local attorneys;
  • provide information on  victim’s compensation programs in the United States;
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution;
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home;
  • replace a stolen or lost passport.

Tourism : The tourism industry is generally regulated in major tourist areas.  Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. However, outside of these areas, the tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field.  In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities.  Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. In some places you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification : If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Consulate immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

  • Crimes of fraud, including passing bad checks, non-payment of bills (including hotel bills), or breach of contract are considered serious in Morocco and can often result in imprisonment and/or fines.
  • Bail generally is not available to non-residents of Morocco who are arrested for crimes involving fraud.
  • Debtors can be held in prison until their debts are paid or until an agreement is reached between the parties. 
  • Passports may be seized by the Moroccan government to guarantee that debtors settle their cases. 
  • Debtors may be unable to work in Morocco without passports while still being held responsible for their debts. 
  • Prior to entering into a contract, you may want to consider consulting an attorney.

Faith-Based Travelers : Islam is the official religion in Morocco. However, the constitution provides for the freedom to practice one's religion. The Moroccan government does not interfere with public worship by the country’s Jewish minority or by expatriate Christians. Proselytizing is, however, prohibited. In the past, U.S. citizens have been arrested, detained, and/or expelled for discussing or trying to engage Moroccans in debate about Christianity. In February 2014, several U.S. citizens were expelled from Morocco for alleged proselytizing. Many of those expelled were long-time Moroccan residents. In these cases, U.S. citizens were given no more than 48 hours to gather their belongings or settle their affairs before being expelled. See the  Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report .

LGBTI Travelers: Consensual same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in Morocco. Penalties include fines and jail time. See   our  LGBTI Travel Information  page and section 6 of our  Human Rights report  for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: While in Morocco, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what is customary in the United States. 

Students: See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers : Women walking alone in certain areas of cities and rural areas are particularly vulnerable to assault by men. They should exercise caution when in public spaces, including nightclubs or other social establishments. Women are advised to travel with a companion or in a group when possible and to ignore any harassment. See our tips for  Women Travelers .

Customs: Travelers must declare large quantities of U.S. dollars brought into the country at the port of entry. The export of Moroccan currency (dirhams) is prohibited; however, Moroccan currency can be converted back into U.S. dollars prior to departure only if the traveler has a bank or money transfer receipt indicating he or she exchanged dollars for dirhams while in Morocco.

Moroccan customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Morocco of items such as firearms, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drones, religious materials, antiquities, business equipment, and large quantities of currency. It is advisable to contact the  Embassy of Morocco in Washington, D.C.,  or the  Moroccan Consulate General in New York  for specific information concerning customs requirements.

Please see our information on  Customs and Import Restrictions.

Citizenship : The Government of Morocco considers all persons born to Moroccan fathers to be Moroccan citizens. In addition to being subject to all U.S. laws, U.S. citizens who also possess the nationality of Morocco may be subject to other laws that impose special obligations on citizens of Morocco. Recently, Morocco has begun allowing Moroccan mothers of children born outside Morocco to petition for their children’s citizenship. For further information on that process, please contact the  Embassy of Morocco in Washington, D.C.,  or the  Moroccan Consulate General in New York .

Residency Permits: In order to obtain a residence permit, travelers must present (among other requirements) a criminal history record check. This record check can only be obtained in the United States. The U.S. Consulate and Embassy are unable to take fingerprints to send for FBI record requests. For specific information, individuals seeking residency should visit their local police station. 

The following documents must accompany a residency renewal application:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Copy of the current passport
  • Copy of the current Moroccan residency card
  • Medical certificate from a doctor stating that the requester is free from any contagious disease
  • Court record (Casier Judiciaire) obtained from the Ministry of Justice in Rabat
  • 100 MAD stamp

Individuals planning on residing in Morocco or relocating to the U.S. may be asked to provide a notarized change of residence form. This form is available at the U.S. Consulate by appointment.

Sending Passports through the Mail: According to Moroccan law, it is prohibited to send passports by mail across international borders. Passports sent to or through Morocco via Fedex, DHL, or other courier will be confiscated by Moroccan authorities. Confiscated U.S. passports are eventually sent to the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca after being processed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If your passport has been confiscated, you can contact the American Citizens Services section at  [email protected] to ask if it has been received.

Property: U.S. consular officers are prohibited by law and regulation from accepting personal property for safekeeping regardless of the circumstances involved. If there is concern over the protection of property left behind in Morocco due to confiscation or deportation for political, legal, or other reasons, U.S. citizens should take every precaution to ensure that available legal safeguards are in place either before, or immediately after, purchasing property in Morocco or taking up residence there. U.S. citizens are also encouraged to consider assigning a Power of Attorney, or Procuration, to be used in Morocco if necessary. More information and sample Power of Attorney forms are available on the  Consulate General of the Kingdom of Morocco in New York  website.

Photographing Sensitive Locations: Taking photographs of anything that could be perceived as being of military or security interest may result in problems with the authorities. As a general rule, travelers should not photograph palaces, diplomatic missions, government buildings, or other sensitive facilities and when in doubt should ask permission from the appropriate Moroccan authorities.

Professional Basketball in Morocco: The U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca is aware that there are local professional basketball teams who have made contracts with U.S. citizens to play on Moroccan teams. Some of these players have subsequently claimed they were not paid as stipulated per the terms of the contract.  Individuals considering playing basketball professionally in Morocco may wish to consult with a lawyer regarding the terms of their contract prior to signing. A  list of lawyers  can be found on the Embassy's webpage.

Adequate medical care is available in Morocco’s largest cities, particularly in Rabat and Casablanca, although not all facilities meet Western standards.

  • Emergency and specialized care outside the major cities is far below U.S. standards and may not be available at all.
  • Most medical staff will have limited or no English-speaking ability.
  • Most ordinary prescription and over-the-counter medicines are widely available.
  • Specialized prescriptions may be difficult to fill and availability of all medicines in rural areas is unreliable. 
  • Travelers should not ask friends or relatives to send medications through the mail, FedEx, or UPS since Moroccan customs will impound the delivery and not release it to the recipient.
  • Travelers planning to drive in the mountains and other remote areas may wish to carry a medical kit and a Moroccan phone card for emergencies.
  • In the event of vehicle accidents involving injuries, immediate ambulance service is usually not available. The police emergency services telephone number is “190” (see Traffic Safety and Road Conditions section below).

The U.S. Mission in Morocco is unable to pay your medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. You may also be required to pay a deposit before being admitted for treatment. See our webpage for more  information on insurance providers for overseas coverage . We strongly recommend  supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the  Government of Morocco Ministry of Foreign Affairs  to ensure the medication is legal in Morocco. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Traffic accidents are a significant hazard in Morocco. Driving practices are very poor and have resulted in serious injuries to and fatalities of U.S. citizens. This is particularly true at dusk during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when adherence to traffic regulations is lax, and from July to September when Moroccans resident abroad return from Europe by car in large numbers. 

  • Drivers should exercise extreme caution when driving at night due to poor lighting systems along roads.
  • Traffic signals do not always function, and are sometimes difficult to see.
  • Modern freeways link the cities of Tangier, Rabat, Fez, Casablanca, and Marrakesh. Two-lane highways link other major cities.
  • Secondary routes in rural areas are often narrow and poorly paved. Roads through the Rif and Atlas mountains are steep, narrow, windy, and dangerous.
  • Pedestrians, scooters, and animal-drawn conveyances are common on all roadways, including the freeways, and driving at night should be avoided if possible.
  • During the rainy season (November - March), flash flooding is frequent and sometimes severe, washing away roads and vehicles in rural areas.

Traffic Laws: In the event of a traffic accident, including accidents involving injuries, the parties are required to remain at the scene and not move their vehicles until the police have arrived and documented all necessary information. The police emergency services telephone number is “190”. Often Moroccan police officers pull over drivers for inspection within the city and on highways. 

Traffic Fines: Confiscation of a driver’s license is possible if a violator is unable or unwilling to settle a fine at the time of a traffic stop. 

If you are stopped for a speeding violation, you have the right to request the video footage documenting the infraction. Once the speeding violation is confirmed, you have three options: 

  • Pay the fine on the spot and obtain a receipt of payment;
  • Pay at the local city’s treasury (La Perception). The police/gendarme officer will issue you a ‘ticket’ indicating the amount of the fine and keep your driver’s license until you pay the fine.
  • Should you wish to contest a violation, you may file a complaint at court; however, Moroccan authorities may keep your driver’s license and vehicle registration while this lengthy process takes place.

Foreign driver’s licenses are valid for use in Morocco for up to one year. After that, foreign residents must pass the Moroccan driver’s test and obtain a Moroccan driver’s license. The test is conducted in Arabic and French. Speakers of other languages are allowed to have a sworn translator with them when taking the test.

Public Transportation: While public buses and taxis are inexpensive, driving habits are poor, and buses are frequently overcrowded. City buses are not considered safe. The train system has a good safety record. Trains, while sometimes crowded, are comfortable and generally on time. See our  Road Safety page  for more information. Visit Morocco’s  National Tourism  website for additional information.

  • Train Station Hotline: 0890 20 30 40
  • Bus Station Hotline: 0800 09 00 30
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Web-based ride-sharing services are not legal in Morocco; however, some well-known companies (UBER and Careem) have attempted operations with limited success. Media reports of ride-sharing drivers being harassed and assaulted by regular taxi drivers were common.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Morocco’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Morocco’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Morocco should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci . Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https://homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal (select “broadcast warnings”).

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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
  • Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook .
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in  Morocco . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the  International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA )  report.

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Morocco e-Visa Requirements

Morocco eligible countries and entry documents required.

Certain nationalities must have a visa to travel to Morocco. If you meet the e-Visa requirements, you can apply online for your visa in just a few minutes.

The electronic visa for Morocco (e-Visa) is the most convenient option for your vacation or business trip — get your visa online, from home or on the move.

This page explains the requirements for the Morocco e-Visa. If you meet these criteria, you can apply using our simplified online form .

Do I Need a Visa for My Trip to Morocco?

Whether you need a visa for Morocco depends on your nationality . You’ll fall into 1 of these 3 categories:

  • Visa-exempt
  • Visa required
  • eTA required

Check below for more information about the requirements for each category.

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1. Visa-exempt

Passport holders from certain countries can enter Morocco without a visa and stay for up to 90 days.

There are currently around 70 nations who are part of this policy, including European member states, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

2. Visa required

All other nationalities must have a valid visa for Morocco. These travelers cannot enter the country without a visa. Visa-required countries include most African nations, and some countries across Asia.

Travelers from most visa-required countries can apply online if they hold a visa or residence permit from a specified country . Full details below. Visa-required nationals who do not meet the document requirements must apply through the embassy.

3. eTA required

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa for Morocco, but they must have an Electronic Travel Authorization: Republic of Congo, Guinea and Mali .

This permit is also known as the Electronic Voyage Morocco (AEVM).

Who is eligible for a Morocco e-Visa?

Over 100 nationalities can apply for an online visa for Morocco.

As well as an eligible passport, most travelers need a residence permit or multiple entry visa valid for at least 90 days for:

  • Czech Republic
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Eligible passport holders with a residence permit for Bulgaria, Israel, or the UAE can also apply.

If you're a citizen of Azerbaijan, Benin, India, Israel, Guatemala, Jordan, and Thailand , then you can apply using just your passport.

Please check the list below to see if you can apply for the Morocco online visa :

  • Afghanistan
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Burkina Faso
  • Central African Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • North Korea
  • Marshall Islands
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkmenistan
  • Vatican City

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Documents You Need to Get Your e-Visa

You only need a few basic items to apply for the online visa. Before you can start the application process you’ll need to have the following:

  • Residency card or visa (if applicable)
  • Photograph of applicant
  • Email address
  • Debit or credit card

Your passport must meet the requirements mentioned below . You will also need your residency card or visa for your application, unless your passport is from Azerbaijan, India, Israel, Jordan, Guatemala, or Thailand.

Your email address must be an active account which you check regularly. All updates are sent to this address, including your approved e-Visa.

You will need a debit or credit card which is authorized for online payments to pay the Morocco e-Visa processing fee. This is the final stage of the application process.

Passport, visa, and residence permit requirements for a Morocco e-Visa

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months from the date you intend to enter Morocco. It should also have at least 1 blank page for passport stamps.

If you’re applying with a residence permit from an eligible country, it must be valid for at least 180 days .

If you have a visa from an eligible country, it must be valid for at least 90 days from the date you intend to arrive in Morocco.

Morocco visa photo specifications

For your visa to be approved, your photo must meet requirements:

  • 4cm x 5cm or 3cm x 4cm
  • Vertically aligned
  • Taken in the last 6 months
  • Show facial features clearly
  • Not show glares or camera flashes
  • No sunglasses or hats

Apply with moroccovisa.com and we’ll verify your photo ticks all the boxes before your application is submitted for official processing.

Providing digital copies of your documents

Thanks to the 100% online application process, only digital copies of your documents are required.

We provide you with clear instructions to help you upload your passport image, photo, and visa or residence card.

You do not need to present the original documents in person at a government office.

Understand the Conditions to Travel to Morocco

To travel to Morocco from overseas, you must meet the entry requirements , this includes holding the correct documents .

All passengers must have the following to enter Morocco:

  • Visa (unless visa-exempt)

You’ll be refused entry if you reach the Moroccan border without these travel documents. Moroccan border officials may also ask questions about the purpose or duration of your stay.

Should I print my Morocco e-Visa?

Your approved online visa for Morocco is sent to your email address in PDF format . You can then download the visa onto any mobile device and print a paper copy.

To avoid any complications, it’s advisable to carry both a paper and digital copy of your visa.

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Do I Need A Visa To Travel To Morocco?

Embark on a journey to Morocco, a country that beckons travelers with its tapestry of culture, art, and history. Unfolding like a vibrant carpet, Morocco invites you to step onto its grounds and immerse yourself in a diverse tapestry of civilizations. And with Royal Air Maroc as your gateway, exploring this land of crossroads and cradle becomes even more accessible. But before you board that flight, you may be wondering: Do I need a visa to travel to Morocco? Let’s find out!

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Visa requirements for traveling to Morocco

If you are planning a trip to Morocco, it is important to familiarize yourself with the visa requirements before your departure. This article will guide you through the necessary documents, fees, and processes involved in obtaining a visa for traveling to Morocco.

Passport requirements

Your passport is the most essential document when it comes to international travel. When traveling to Morocco, ensure that your passport meets the following requirements:

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date from Morocco. This is a common requirement for most countries, including Morocco, to ensure that you have a valid travel document throughout your stay.

Blank passport pages

Make sure your passport has at least two blank pages available for visa stamps. This enables the Moroccan authorities to affix the visa to your passport without any issues.

Damaged or expired passports

If your passport is damaged or expired, you will need to obtain a new one before applying for a visa. Damaged passports may be rejected by the Moroccan authorities, and expired passports are not considered valid travel documents.

Visa exemption for certain countries

Morocco offers visa exemption for citizens of several countries, allowing them to enter the country without a visa for a specified duration. The length of stay varies depending on the country of citizenship. To determine if you are eligible for visa exemption, refer to the list of visa-exempt countries for Morocco.

Visa on arrival

For travelers from countries that are not eligible for visa exemption, Morocco offers a visa on arrival option. This means that you can obtain your visa upon arrival at the Moroccan airport or land border crossing. However, it is important to note that not all nationalities are eligible for visa on arrival.

An e-Visa is an electronic visa that can be obtained online prior to your trip to Morocco. This option provides convenience and saves time by allowing you to apply for the visa from the comfort of your own home. The e-Visa will be electronically linked to your passport, eliminating the need for physical visa stamps.

Visa application process

If you are not eligible for visa exemption, visa on arrival, or the e-Visa option, you will need to apply for a visa through the traditional application process. There are two main methods of application:

Applying through the Moroccan embassy or consulate

To apply for a Moroccan visa through the embassy or consulate, you will need to visit their website or contact them directly for application instructions. This process may involve submitting your application in person or by mail, depending on the requirements of the embassy or consulate.

Applying through a visa service agency

Alternatively, you can choose to apply for a Moroccan visa through a visa service agency. These agencies specialize in handling visa applications on behalf of travelers and can guide you through the process step by step.

Obtaining a visa for Morocco involves paying the required visa fees. The fee amount may vary depending on your country of citizenship and the type of visa you are applying for. It is important to check the current visa fees before submitting your application.

Visa processing time

The processing time for a Moroccan visa can vary depending on various factors, including the method of application and the number of applications being processed at the time. It is recommended to apply well in advance of your intended travel dates to allow for any potential delays.

Validity of the visa

The validity of your Moroccan visa will determine the duration for which you are allowed to stay in the country. It is essential to adhere to the validity period to avoid any issues with immigration authorities. Overstaying your visa can result in penalties or even deportation.

Renewal and extension of the visa

If you wish to extend your stay in Morocco beyond the validity of your visa, you will need to apply for a renewal or extension. This process typically involves submitting an application to the Moroccan authorities and providing valid reasons for your request.

Visa requirements for specific purposes

Depending on the purpose of your visit to Morocco, there may be additional requirements for obtaining a visa. The most common purposes include:

Tourism and leisure

If you are traveling to Morocco for tourism or leisure purposes, you may need to provide proof of hotel reservations or a detailed itinerary of your planned activities.

Business and employment

For business or employment purposes, you may be required to submit additional documents such as a letter of invitation from a Moroccan company or organization, proof of employment, or business registration documents.

Studying and research

Students or researchers planning to study or conduct research in Morocco may need to provide a letter of acceptance from a recognized educational institution or research organization in Morocco.

Family visit and personal reasons

If you are visiting family members or friends in Morocco, you may need to provide a letter of invitation from your host, along with supporting documents demonstrating the relationship between you and the host.

Documents required for visa application

When applying for a Moroccan visa, you will need to gather certain documents to support your application. These documents may include:

Your valid passport, with at least six months of validity and two blank pages.

Visa application form

The visa application form, which can be obtained from the Moroccan embassy, consulate, or visa service agency. Fill out the form accurately and provide all the required information.

Passport-sized photographs

Two recent passport-sized photographs that meet the specifications required by the Moroccan authorities. It is important to follow the guidelines for size, background color, and other specifications.

Proof of accommodation

Evidence of your accommodation arrangements in Morocco, such as hotel reservations, a letter of invitation from your host, or a rental agreement.

Proof of travel arrangements

Documents showing your travel arrangements, such as flight tickets, itinerary, or a letter from a travel agency.

Proof of financial means

To demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in Morocco, you may need to provide bank statements, sponsorship letters, or proof of employment and income.

Letter of invitation (if applicable)

If you have been invited by a company, organization, or individual in Morocco, a letter of invitation may be required. This letter should state the purpose of your visit, your relationship with the inviting party, and the duration of your stay.

Travel insurance

It is highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, and other unforeseen circumstances. Proof of travel insurance coverage may be required during the visa application process.

By familiarizing yourself with the visa requirements, collecting the necessary documents, and following the application process, you can ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience to Morocco. Enjoy your journey to this enchanting country and explore its captivating blend of culture, history, and art. Morocco awaits you with open arms and a rich tapestry of experiences. Safe travels!

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Any foreigner visiting Morocco must have a passport and a Morocco visa. According to Moroccan law, there are exceptions for many countries regarding foreigners. Or any other valid document handed over by the government to which he belongs and which the Moroccan state has recognized as a travel document (Law No. 02-03 of November 11, 2003).

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What is a visa?

A visa is a permit for entry and residence for a limited period on Moroccan territory, delivered by the competent Moroccan authority by placing a special and controlled “visa” sticker.

The visa refers to a validity period, extending from one day to three months, or exceptionally one year, depending on the case, with one-time, two-time, or multiple entries.

However, getting a visa does not give you an unrestricted right to enter. It is possible to check many things during checking a passport or other travel documents, such as what the person does for work and why he came to Morocco. If the law on foreigners’ stay in Morocco is used, he will be deported.

The person who issues the visa can set the length of stay and the validity period based on the applicant’s profile, the type and category of visa requested, and the number of times the person enters the country.

The competent authorities issue four types of entry visas to Morocco:

Short-term visa.

A short-term visa allows foreigners to enter Moroccan territory for reasons other than immigration, for a short stay without interruption, or for several short visits in the case of multiple entries.

The duration of each stay is between one and ninety days.

Long-term visa

A long-term visa that lasts more than three months is a multiple-entry visa given out by Moroccan diplomatic or consular representations after consulting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

This visa can’t be valid for more than a year, and the length of each stay can range from one to ninety days.

To stay in Morocco for more than three months, a foreigner who has a long-term visa and a long-term visa must ask the General Directorate of National Security to give him a registration card.

Transit visa

A transit visa entitles a foreign person who is going to another country to cross the territory of Morocco. This visa can be issued for one or two transits without the length of stay during each transit exceeding 72 hours.

Visa granted at the border

In exceptional cases, security services grant short-term residence and transit visas at border posts.

For Morocco’s not represented countries, applications must be submitted to the diplomatic mission accredited in that country or to honorary consuls. Without these representations, applications are directed directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Morocco, Directorate of Consular and Social Affairs – Rabat ([email protected]) to obtain a visa at the airport.

Morocco visa requirements

Documents required for morocco visa.

• It must be valid for a period exceeding the period of residence of the applicant in Morocco.

• Identity card, residence permit, or any document proving the applicant’s address.

• Photocopy of the passport data page.

• Two personal photos:

Color photos with white background, size 4 x 3 cm, in which the applicant’s facial features are visible.

• A bank statement, a letter of recommendation from the Ministry of Tourism, a Moroccan National Tourist Office representative, or a request from one approved travel agency.

In the case of a family visit, a legally notarized letter of invitation that covers any medical or repatriation expenses must be submitted.

• Return ticket with booking confirmation.

• Travel insurance.

• Hotel reservation.

• Receipt of payment of visa fees.

• A completed visa application form.

Steps to apply for a Morocco visa

• Complete the required documents.

• Fill out the  Morocco  visa application form.

Fill out the form for a visa to Morocco in Latin letters, with all capital letters. It’s up to the person who wants to apply for a Moroccan visa if they wish to fill out the form in Arabic or write it down. Latin names and places of birth are required for applicants.

• Determine the date of submission of the Morocco visa.

Contact the Moroccan consulate or embassy to find out if you need to make an appointment to submit your Morocco visa application and how to schedule that appointment if required.

• Submit a hard copy of the Morocco visa application form.

Present the hard copy of the application form to the Moroccan consulate, embassy, or visa application center as other supporting documents and the rest of your Morocco visa requirements.

• Pay the visa application fee.

Morocco visa fees

• The application fee for the standard Morocco visa is 220 Moroccan dirhams. Please bear in mind that other fees may apply and that all visa application fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome of your visa application.

Place of submission

• Those wishing to obtain a Morocco visa can submit applications through Moroccan consulates, embassies, or Moroccan visa application centers. You can find the locations of Moroccan consulates or embassies via this link. Note that applications are only allowed in the applicant’s country of citizenship or residence.

• In countries with no embassy or consulate representation of Morocco, visa applications can be submitted to the diplomatic mission accredited in that country or to honorary consuls. However, in the absence of such a term, applicants can submit their applications directly to the Consular and Social Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at the link ([email protected]). Then a visa can be issued to them at the airport.

Morocco visa processing time

• Moroccan visas are usually issued within 10 working days. However, it may take up to 30 days to obtain a Morocco visa in some cases, especially when additional documents or further checks are required.

If the visa application is approved:

• During the visa issuance, it is necessary to present travel insurance, a return ticket with confirmation of reservation, proof of hotel reservation or voucher, and payment of consular fees. After the visa is issued, the data contained in the key should be checked and ensured that it matches the data in the passport.

List of countries whose citizens can enter Morocco without a visa

Morocco does not require a visa for nationals of the following countries:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Maldives (a stay limited to 30 days)
  • Malaysia (a stay limited to 90 days)
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  • Burkina Faso
  • Netherlands
  • Ivory Coast
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Macao (Administrative area)
  • Congo (Brazzaville) (Need an AEVM)
  • Czech Republic
  • South Korea
  • Spain + Andorra
  • United States of America
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Russian Federation
  • France + Monaco
  • United Kingdom
  • GreeceGuinea (Conakry) (Need an AEVM)
  • IcelandItaly
  • Hong Kong (a stay limited to 30 days)
  • Hungary (a stay limited to 90 days)
  • KuwaitLatvia
  • Liechtenstein

Frequently Asked Questions

Do i need a visa to go to morocco.

Morocco’s visa requirements differ by nationality and duration of stay. Citizens of the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Morocco for tourism stays of up to 90 days. However, a legitimate passport with at least six months of validity is required.

If you are a citizen of a different nation, you may need to register for a visa before your trip. Consult the embassy or consulate of Morocco in your native country for specific visa requirements.

It is always advisable to review the most current visa requirements before traveling, as they are subject to change at any time.

Which countries can enter Morocco without visa?

Citizens of the following nations may enter Morocco for tourism purposes without a visa for periods of up to 90 days:

  • All European Union countries
  • United States
  • New Zealand

This list is not exhaustive, and visa requirements are subject to change at any time, so it is always advisable to contact the Moroccan embassy or consulate in your native country for the most current information.

Can you visit Morocco with a Schengen visa?

If you possess a valid Schengen visa, you may be able to enter Morocco for stays of up to 90 days without a separate visa. It is contingent upon the type of Schengen visa you possess and your nationality.

Suppose you hold a Schengen visa valid for multiple entries. If so, you can go to Morocco for up to 90 days every 180 days without a visa. People from the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are included.

Depending on your nationality, you may need a different visa to enter Morocco if you hold a single-entry Schengen visa. Consult the Moroccan embassy or consulate in your native country for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements.

How to get Morocco tourist visa?

The procedure for obtaining a tourist visa for Morocco can vary depending on your nationality and the requirements of the Moroccan embassy or consulate in your country of origin.

To begin with, it is essential to check the visa requirements by consulting the website of the Moroccan embassy or consulate.

Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria and gather the necessary documentation, including a valid passport, a visa application form, passport-sized photographs, proof of travel reservation and accommodation, as well as sufficient funds.

Next, submit your visa application to the Moroccan embassy or consulate in your country of origin, adhering to any fees and possible appointment requirements. Wait for the processing of your application, which can take from a few days to a few weeks, so plan to submit your application well in advance of your travel dates.

Finally, once approved, your tourist visa for Morocco will be affixed in your passport.

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What happens if you stay more than 90 days in Morocco?

**What Happens if You Stay More Than 90 Days in Morocco?**

If you are planning to visit Morocco, there are certain rules and regulations regarding the length of your stay in the country. The standard tourist visa allows visitors to stay in Morocco for up to 90 days. However, if you wish to stay longer than this period, there are certain things you need to be aware of.

If you overstay your visa in Morocco, you may be subject to fines, deportation, or even a ban from re-entering the country in the future. It is important to be aware of the consequences of overstaying your visa and to take the necessary steps to ensure that you comply with the immigration laws of Morocco.

In order to extend your stay in Morocco beyond the 90-day limit, you will need to apply for a residency permit or visa extension through the Moroccan immigration authorities. This process can be quite complex and time-consuming, so it is important to start the application process well in advance of your planned departure date.

Can I apply for a visa extension in Morocco?

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Yes, it is possible to apply for a visa extension in Morocco through the immigration authorities. However, you will need to provide a valid reason for the extension and go through the proper application process.

If you overstay your visa in Morocco, you may be subject to fines, deportation, or even a ban from re-entering the country in the future. It is important to comply with the immigration laws to avoid these consequences.

Some travelers choose to leave the country and re-enter in order to get a new visa. However, this is not always a guaranteed method and may be subject to the discretion of the immigration authorities.

The visa extension process in Morocco can take some time, so it is important to start the application well in advance of your planned departure date. The processing time can vary depending on the volume of applications and other factors.

The requirements for a visa extension in Morocco can vary depending on the type of visa you hold and your individual circumstances. It is best to consult with the immigration authorities to determine the specific requirements for your situation.

Yes, it is possible to apply for a residency permit in Morocco if you wish to stay in the country for an extended period of time. The residency permit allows you to live and work in Morocco legally.

There are certain exceptions to the 90-day limit, such as for diplomatic or official purposes, but these are rare cases and usually require special permission from the Moroccan authorities.

If you overstay a residency permit in Morocco, you may be subject to fines, deportation, or a ban from re-entering the country in the future. It is important to comply with the immigration laws to avoid these consequences.

If you are caught overstaying your visa in Morocco, you may be subject to fines, deportation, or even criminal charges. It is important to comply with the immigration laws to avoid these consequences.

No, it is not legal to work in Morocco on a tourist visa. If you wish to work in Morocco, you will need to apply for a work permit or residency permit through the proper channels.

The penalties for overstaying your visa in Morocco can include fines, deportation, and a ban from re-entering the country in the future. It is important to comply with the immigration laws to avoid these penalties.

If you need to extend your stay in Morocco for medical reasons, you will need to provide documentation from a medical professional to support your application for a visa extension. It is important to follow the proper procedures for these circumstances.

In conclusion, it is important to be aware of the rules and regulations regarding visa extensions and overstaying in Morocco. By planning ahead and following the proper procedures, you can ensure that your stay in Morocco is legal and compliant with the immigration laws of the country. If you have any questions or concerns about extending your stay in Morocco, it is best to consult with the immigration authorities for personalized guidance.

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Morocco Tourist Visa: Eligibility, Documents, Application Process & Fees

Last Update: 02-05-2024

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Aditya Jain

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⚡Quick Summary

Do Indians Need a Visa to Visit Morocco?

Yes, Indian travellers planning a trip to Morocco will require a visa to enter the country. Indian citizens can conveniently apply for a Moroccan e-Visa through the Official e-Visa portal or Teleport , streamlining the application process.

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Introduction, morocco visa types for indians, how to apply for a morocco tourist visa, document required for morocco tourist visa for indians.

Morocco Tourist Visa Fees

Processing Time for Morocco Tourist Visa

When to start a morocco visa application as an indian, morocco visa validity and duration of stay for indians, can i extend morocco tourist visa, how to check the status of a morocco tourist visa for indians, common reasons for morocco visa rejection in india, what to do after reaching morocco airport.

Ready to embark on a hassle-free journey to Morocco? Our blog is your ultimate resource for securing your Moroccan e-visa smoothly, tailored specifically for Indian travellers. Say goodbye to visa worries – we've simplified the process for you.

Require assistance? Feel free to reach out to our Teleport visa experts at 073148 52914 or message us on WhatsApp . We're here to assist you every step of the way!

Let's explore the realm of Morocco tourist visas together!

Can Indians Get a Morocco Visa on Arrival?

No, Indian citizens cannot obtain a visa on arrival for Morocco. It's essential for Indian nationals to apply for a Moroccan visa in advance through an electronic visa application system.

Short-term Visa: The short-term visa allows entry into the Kingdom of Morocco for purposes other than immigration, for either a single uninterrupted stay or multiple short stays. Each stay can last from one to ninety days.

Long-term Visa: The long-term visa, valid for over three months, is a multiple-entry visa issued by Moroccan diplomatic or consular services, following consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

This visa's validity period cannot exceed one year, and each stay can last from one to ninety days.

Foreigners holding a long-term visa who wish to stay in Morocco for more than three months must apply for a registration card from the appropriate services at the General Directorate of National Security.

Transit Visa: The transit visa permits a foreigner travelling to a third country to pass through Moroccan territory. This visa may be issued for one or two transits, with each transit allowing a stay of up to 72 hours.

Apply for Morocco Tourist Visa with Teleport

Step 1: Visit the Official Teleport Morocco Visa Application Portal

Access the Teleport portal dedicated to Morocco visa applications to initiate your application process.

Step 2: Start Your Morocco Visa Application

Select the visa category that best fits your travel requirements and click 'Start Application'. Teleport offers both regular and express entry options for Morocco visa.

Step 3: Upload Your Passport Details

Submit digital copies of both the front and back pages of your passport. Teleport's system can automatically extract and populate your personal information, including your full name, date of birth, nationality, and passport details, from the uploaded images. Alternatively, you can manually input this information if you prefer.

Step 4: Provide Your Travel Itinerary Details

In the "Visit Details" section of the application, clearly outline the ports where you intend to enter and exit Morocco.

Step 5: Make Visa Payment

Complete the visa fee transaction via Teleport. A nominal service charge is applied, and Teleport offers flexibility in payment methods. You can choose to pay the entire amount upfront or opt for a partial payment initially, with the remainder settled once our experts have thoroughly reviewed your submission.

✅ Teleport conducts a comprehensive review of your application and documents before submission to the embassy.

✅ Stay updated with regular notifications from Teleport regarding the status of your application.

Upon embassy approval of your application, Teleport will promptly notify you via WhatsApp and Email. Your visa can then be downloaded directly from the Teleport Dashboard.

Get Your Morocco Visa Through Government Portal

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

Visit www.acces-maroc.ma to determine your eligibility for an electronic visa. Enter the required information accurately.

Step 2: Submit Your Application

Fill out the eVisa application form carefully, ensuring that all details from your passport, residence card, or visa are correctly transcribed, including surname, given name, date of birth, nationality, and document numbers and validity.

Morocco Tourist Visa Through Government Portal

Step 3: Document Submission

Gather all the required Morocco tourist visa documents for visa application and upload them in the required format and specifications.

Ensure that scanned attachments are in 'jpg', 'jpeg', or 'pdf' format and are under 1 MB in size.

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Step 4: Validate Your Request

After completing your application or those of accompanying beneficiaries, validate the file to initiate processing within the designated timeframe. Before finalising and paying fees, double-check that all fields are correctly filled and Morocco tourist visa documents are properly scanned and attached.

Once the application is validated and paid, requests cannot be cancelled or refunded.

Step 5: Track Your Application

To monitor the status of your eVisa request, log in to your account on the www.acces-maroc.ma portal and navigate to the "Track My eVisa application" section. The portal will display your application's status, which may include:

  • In Process: Currently under review.
  • Waiting for Completion: Additional information or documentation required.
  • Application Refused: Application does not meet the necessary criteria.

Mandatory Documents for Morocco Tourist Visa

Passport: Copy of your passport front and back pages.

Photograph: Size: 35mm x 45 mm, against white background, 70% face close up.

Morocco tourist visa processing time varies depending on the type of entry selected. For Regular Entry, the processing time is approximately 3 working days. If you opt for Express Entry, the processing time is significantly shorter, typically around 1 working day. These timelines are ideal under normal circumstances and assume that all necessary documents are provided accurately and in full at the time of application.

For Indian travellers planning a trip to Morocco, it's advisable to begin the visa application process as soon as your travel plans and schedule are confirmed. To avoid potential delays or rejections, it's recommended to submit your visa application at least one week before your intended departure date.

The validity period and duration of stay on a Moroccan tourist visa can vary depending on the type of visa issued. Typically, tourist visas are granted for a validity period of 90 days, allowing a maximum stay of up to 30 days per visit.

It's crucial to carefully review the specifics of your visa to understand its validity and permitted duration of stay. Overstaying the allowed period or violating visa terms can result in legal consequences and complications when leaving the country or applying for future visas.

The Morocco e-visa has a duration of 30 days and can be extended up to six months with multiple-entry in Morocco.

To monitor the status of your Morocco tourist visa application as an Indian traveller, you can use the Teleport service or the official government eVisa portal. Here's how to do it:

Using Teleport:

  • Access the Teleport Dashboard.
  • Click on 'Your Applications'.
  • Select the application you've submitted to view the most recent status update.

Via Government eVisa Portal:

  • Visit the official government eVisa portal.
  • Scroll down to the ‘Track my eVisa Application’ section
  • Enter your File Number and email address.
  • Click on ‘Track’ to view your application status.

Government e-Visa Portal:

  • Incomplete or Incorrect Documentation: Failure to provide all required documents or errors in the application forms can result in visa denial.
  • Financial Insufficiency: Inability to demonstrate sufficient funds to cover the expenses of the trip can result in visa rejection. Morocco immigration suggests a minimum of Euro 70 per day per applicant.
  • Travel History: Applicants with a history of visa violations or overstays in other countries may encounter difficulties obtaining a visa to Morocco.
  • Purpose of Visit: If the purpose of the visit is unclear or deemed suspicious, such as inability to provide a credible reason or suspicion of illegal activities, the visa may be denied.

Upon arriving at a Moroccan airport, here are some essential steps to follow:

Prepare Travel Documents: Upon embarking on your journey to Morocco, it's essential to have your eVisa document readily available for presentation during boarding, upon arrival at Moroccan border posts, and throughout your stay in the Kingdom, should it be required for verification purposes.

Upon arrival at Moroccan borders, it is mandatory to present the following documents alongside your passport and eVisa for any necessary checks:

  • Residence card provided during the application process.
  • Visa supporting your application.
  • A return ticket.
  • Evidence of financial means: Either an international bank card or cash equivalent to more than 70 euros per person per day for the duration of your stay in Morocco.
  • Valid "Hospital and Sanitary Repatriation" insurance covering the entirety of your stay period.

These documents are crucial to facilitate smooth entry and ensure compliance with Moroccan immigration regulations.

Understand Morocco's Regulations : If you have items to declare or if your baggage requires inspection, proceed to the customs area. Familiarise yourself with Morocco's Customs Regulation s to take advantage of various services, duty-free shopping opportunities, and traveller facilities.

Unaccompanied Minor Guidelines: If you are an unaccompanied minor, remain with your designated airline staff for safety. Upon arrival, identify your assigned adult at the destination airport to ensure a secure arrival process.

Additional Resources

Morocco eVisa Application Portal

Teleport Morocco Visa Application

Embassy of Morocco in India

Evisa Application Guide

In summary, securing a Moroccan visa can be a smooth process with the guidance provided in this handbook. Just ensure you fulfil the specific requirements for your travel purpose. Morocco's vibrant culture and stunning landscapes eagerly await your discovery.

For a hassle-free Moroccan visa application experience, consider applying with Teleport. Our user-friendly platform streamlines the process, ensuring your application meets all necessary criteria.

If you have any questions or require assistance, don't hesitate to contact us. Our dedicated team is here to offer guidance and support.

You can reach us at 073148 52914 or message us on WhatsApp .

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Morocco Visa Requirements

Visa requirements & general information you should be aware of before visiting morocco.

Morocco is located in the Maghreb region of North Africa, with access to the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is home to beautiful desert landscapes, ruins of ancient cities and epic mountain ranges – seemingly custom-made for tourists.

It is known as one of the most liberal of the Arab countries and the people of Morocco are also hospitable, making the country a second home to millions of tourists, travellers and adventurers. Morocco is often called the gateway to Africa and it is fairly easy to fulfil requirements to obtain a Morocco visa and travel to this amazing destination.

This information piece tells you everything you need to know about visa requirements for visiting Morocco. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these legal requirements of entry before your visit, in particular if you are travelling with your family members.

Visa requirements are often subject to change without prior notice. Rather check the country’s official website or enquire from a reputable travelling agency or tour operator like MoAfrika Tours what the latest updates or changes to the requirements for a visa application may be.

WHAT IS A VISA?

A visa is issued to international travellers visiting Morocco for a short stay on a temporary basis for tourism, business, study or medical reasons. Visas are normally issued for a maximum 30 or 90 days, depending on your country of residence.

A valid visa allows you to enter the country through a port of entry and stay in the country for the period specified in your visa. Note that you are restricted to the activity or reason stated in your application, for example, if you applied for a visa for a holiday or family visit, you are not allowed to work in the country during your stay.

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR VISITING MOROCCO

A visa is authorised and issued upon application by a representative of a country’s embassy, mission or consulate after it has been determined that you are eligible to enter the country for a specific purpose.

Visitors holding passports from countries that are classified as ‘exempt’ do not need to apply for a visa prior to arriving in Morocco. Instead, they are issued with a short-stay visa at the point of entry for a period of time relevant to the status of the visitor’s country.

There are some special visa exemptions for travellers from various countries entering Morocco. Travellers from most countries in the North and South Americas, Europe and the Gulf countries, require no visa. If you’re from any other country, you need to obtain the visa before boarding your flight. For obtaining the visa, you’ll need to fulfil various Morocco visa requirements applicable to the purpose and duration of your travel.

Visa-free access is also only applicable for stays up to 90 days, so, if your stay in Morocco extends for longer, you’ll need to obtain a resident permit. This can be obtained from a local police station in Morocco.

COUNTRIES EXEMPTED AND COUNTRIES THAT NEED VISAS

Nationals from the following countries do not need a visa for Morocco for stays of up to 90 days (except when otherwise specified): A European Union country, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Hong Kong (citizens can only stay in Morocco for up to 30 days), Iceland, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore (citizens of Singapore can only stay in Morocco for up to 30 days) South Korea, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United States.                           

Morocco also allows certain visa-exemptions for non-ordinary passports. Citizens of the following countries that carry diplomatic, official, or service passports can stay in Morocco without a visa for up to 90 days: Albania, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Sao Tome e Principe, Serbia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vietnam and Yemen.

Morocco also offers an online visa, called the Morocco Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) which is only available to citizens of Republic of the Congo, Guinea and Mali. These nationals can obtain the electronic authorization entirely online. They can apply for the ETA from anywhere in the world. After their application is processed and accepted, they have to print it and show it at the point of entry in Morocco as well as when they leave.

Morocco does not offer a visa on arrival. If you require a visa, it has to be obtained before you travel. Only visa-exempt nationals are eligible to travel without obtaining the visa beforehand. They simply need a passport, which must be valid for another six months and has at least one blank page for the entry stamp.

Visitors also need a return-flight ticket for within the next 90 days.

DIFFERENT KINDS OF VISAS

Morocco grants three main types of visas: A short-term visa, also known as a tourist visa, a transit visa and a long-term visa.

The short-term or tourist visa is issued to visa-required nationals who want to enter Morocco as a tourist or for short-term purposes like business, a personal visit, attending a cultural or academic event such as a conference, for sports events, for journalism or for medical treatment.

Tourist visas for Morocco can be issued for single or multiple entries and allow for a maximum stay in Morocco for up to 90 days.

Travellers need a Morocco transit visa when they will transit through the territory of Morocco on their way to a third country. This transit visa can be issued for one or two transits, allowing you to stay in Morocco for no more than 72 hours.

The long-term visa for Morocco is issued to foreigners who want to enter Morocco for long-term purposes such as for work or joining family members. Technically it is also only valid for three months but allows the holder to apply for a Residency Card (Carte de Séjour) from the Moroccan General Directorate of National Security.

The Morocco long-term visa is divided into several subtypes: a work visa, for foreigners who find a job in Morocco and can provide a work permit; a student visa, issued to foreigners who want to pursue their studies at a Moroccan educational institution; and a Morocco Family Reunification Visa, issued to foreigners who want to join a family member living in Morocco.

HOW AND WHERE TO APPLY FOR VISAS WHEN VISITING MOROCCO

Travellers must apply for a Morocco visa at a Moroccan diplomatic mission in their country. The exact process depends on the country and the representative office, but it normally proceeds as follows:

Start the process by making an appointment at the Morocco consulate or embassy. Depending on the country, you may be able to make the appointment online, but it may also be necessary to make a call or appear in person. Most offices will not accept an application without an appointment.

Some Moroccan embassies have outsourced visa applications to private agencies, in which case you have to contact the relevant agency to start the process.

Gather the required documents, complete the visa application form (available from the embassy or consulate or you can download it through their website) and attach a picture of yourself if it is requested.

Once you have all the other documents that support your visa application, you can submit them at the embassy or consulate – mostly it is expected that you submit them in person, but sometimes, depending on the application, you may submit it through a legal representative or by mail. If the latter, you have to include a prepaid, self-addressed special delivery envelope for the return of your passport.

When submitting the application and necessary documents, you have to pay the visa processing fee. Then you have to wait for the visa to be processed, mostly about two weeks (10 business days), but it may be longer, especially if you hold a non-ordinary travel document.

Once your application is approved, the visa-issuing authorities will affix a Morocco visa sticker into your passport. If you applied in person, you have to pick it up yourself, but if you applied by mail, the embassy/consulate will mail it back to you.

If there is no Moroccan embassy or consulate where you live, you must find out if the Moroccan government has outsourced visa submissions to another diplomatic authority in your country or to a visa application agency. If this is not the case, you may have to apply via mail directly to the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rabat and if approved, you’d be able to receive it at the airport.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION FOR A MORROCAN VISA

When you apply for a Moroccan visa, you need to submit several documents in support that serve to convince the Moroccan visa-issuing authorities that you are fit to receive a visa.

The requirements differ according to the reason of your visit, your country and the duration of your stay. The standard list of documents however includes:

The Morocco visa application form completely filled and duly signed. You need to submit three forms – keep at least one original, while the other two can be photocopied from the original.

Your passport and photocopies of the first page of the passport that contains your photo. Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return and that it has a minimum of 2 blank pages.

Four passport-size photos, taken in the last six months with your face clearly identifiable.

Return flight ticket.

Proof of accommodation.

Proof of sufficient financial means.

Travel insurance.

Proof of paid Morocco visa fee.

Certain other documents may also be requested, depending on the nature and purpose of your visit, like an hotel reservation receipt if you are a tourist. If you are sponsored by a Moroccan resident, you can get a notarised invitation letter from your sponsor in Morocco to prove that the sponsor will take care of your accommodation arrangements.

If you are on a business trip to Morocco, you’ll need to prove the existence of your company like registration documents, Income Tax Returns Certificate, or evidence of your employment or contract with the company you’re representing.

If you are an employee, you’ll need to provide proof of your employment as well as the No Objection Certificate from your employer. If you pursue your career in Morocco and apply for a job visa, you should provide your offer, your work permit, and the employment contract with the from the Moroccan company.

If you are a student applying for a student visa, you’ll have to provide the enrolment letter from the educational institution in Morocco, along with all other mandatory documents. If you are the spouse of a Moroccan citizen who plans to stay or visit Morocco, you must submit your marriage certificate and a valid ID proof of the Moroccan spouse too.

You will have to legalize several of your documents (civil status documents, academic qualifications and diplomas, the certificate of police clearance, and even your passport) especially if you are applying for a long-term visa and residence card. This can be done either by an Apostille Stamp or at a Moroccan Consulate or Embassy.

It may also be necessary to translate some of your documents, either in Arabic, English or French. Consult the Moroccan embassy/consulate for language requirements.

COST OF AN MOROCCO VISA

The visa processing fees for Morocco are:

Single entry (up to 90 days): DH220 (appx. $23)

Two entries (up to 90 days): DH330 (appx. $34)

Transit visa: DH170 (appx. $18)

VACCINES NEEDED WHEN VISITING MOROCCO

A yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required for a foreign visitor who is travelling from or transiting through a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. A yellow fever certificate is valid 10 days after the vaccination is administered, making it important to get the vaccination in time before leaving for Morocco. You may be refused entry if you leave it too late and arrive in Morocco within the 10-day waiting period.

WHAT HAPPENS IF ONE OVERSTAYS ON A VISA IN MOROCCO

A visa for Morocco is valid for a maximum of 90 days and can be issued for a single entry or multiple entries. Both the Morocco Tourist Visa and the long-term visa have the same validity, but the latter allows the holder to apply for a Residence Card after they enter Morocco, while the tourist visa does not.

If you don’t extend your stay and get a Residence Card, you have to leave after three months, even with a long-term visa. If you have a tourist visa you would like to extend beyond 90 days, you can request a visa extension at the nearest Police Precinct in Morocco.

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Visiting areas outside of recognised tourist areas isn’t recommended for safety reasons and travel regulations are known to change without notice to the public. MoAfrika Tours is a leading tour operator in South Africa that offers an outstanding selection of tours to Morocco. We have a close association with the most reputable tour operators in Morocco who make safety a priority.

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Exercise a high degree of caution in Morocco due to the threat of terrorism.

Border regions of Western Sahara - Avoid all travel

  • within 30 km west of the Berm, Morocco’s militarized boundary in the Western Sahara
  • between the Berm and neighbouring countries on the eastern and southern sides

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Protests related to the situation in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Since October 13, 2023, protests have been taking place in Rabat, Casablanca and other cities near government buildings. The current protests are related to the ongoing situation in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Additional protests are expected in Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fez, Tangier and several other cities across the country.

Moroccan authorities may employ enhanced measures to respond to demonstrations, including:

  • deploying additional security forces
  • using crowd dispersal methods

If you are near an affected area:

  • exercise caution
  • expect heightened security measures
  • avoid all demonstrations and gatherings
  • follow the instructions of local authorities

Border regions

The berm (border regions of western sahara).

A militarized boundary, known as the Berm, separates the Moroccan-controlled part of Western Sahara from the rest of the Saharan territory, which borders Algeria and Mauritania. There are fatalities involving unexploded ordnance in this zone each year.

Border with Algeria

Morocco’s border with Algeria is closed. Don’t attempt to cross into Algeria by land or water. Avoid boating close to the maritime border in order not to cross it.

Western Sahara

Western Sahara is a non-autonomous territory whose political and legal status has yet to be determined through the United Nations. It’s a former area of conflict that’s still littered with unexploded landmines, particularly in remote regions and the militarized zone.

We may be extremely limited in our ability to provide assistance to Canadians in Western Sahara.

Travel in remote areas

When you travel to a remote area:

  • restrict travel to officially designated tourist areas
  • seek local, official tourist advice prior to travelling to the desert areas in the south
  • hire only official guides recommended by hotels, travel agencies or local tourist authorities
  • use only a four-wheel-drive vehicle for off-road driving in the mountains or desert
  • ensure that your vehicle is properly equipped and has appropriate supplies and essentials, including potable water 

There’s a threat of terrorism, and attacks have targeted foreigners. In December 2018, 2 Scandinavian tourists were found dead in a mountainous area of ​​southern Morocco, 10 km from Imlil, a village in the High Atlas. Moroccan authorities have described the killing as a terrorist act. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time.

Targets could include:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels (specifically coastal beach resorts), and other sites frequented by foreigners

For your safety:

  • always be aware of your surroundings when in public places
  • stay at hotels that have robust security measures; keep in mind, however, that even the most secure locations can’t be considered completely free of risk

There’s a threat of kidnapping against Westerners in remote regions of Morocco and in areas bordering Algeria and Mauritania.

  • Maintain a high level of vigilance at all times, especially when travelling in the southern and border areas of Morocco
  • Don’t hike alone in remote mountain regions

Demonstrations

Demonstrations take place from time to time, most often in Rabat. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Petty crime

Petty crimes notably pickpocketing, purse snatchings (sometimes by motorcyclists), scams and other thefts take place, most frequently in medinas, market areas, parks and on beaches but can also occur in all types of neighbourhoods.

To limit your risks:

  • stay on major roads, especially when in the medinas, and exercise caution
  • ensure that your personal belongings are secure
  • don’t show signs of affluence, particularly when walking at night
  • avoid carrying a purse
  • don’t accept food, drinks or invitations from strangers, or change your planned itinerary at their request
  • exercise caution in the mountainous Rif region, on the northern coast of Morocco. Drugs are produced in this area and tourists are occasionally tricked into unknowingly committing drug offences

While Moroccans are generally very friendly and hospitable, you should always exercise common sense and travel wisely.

Armed robbery

Armed robberies with knives have occurred and have resulted in injuries and in some cases, deaths. Don’t resist robbers.

Thefts occur around ATMs.

Credit card fraud

Credit card fraud is also frequent.

Forced purchases

Tourists have been forcibly taken to stores and intimidated into making purchases.

Women’s safety

Women travelling alone may be subject to certain forms of harassment and verbal abuse.

Advice for women travellers

Road safety

Road conditions and road safety vary greatly throughout the country, depending on location and weather (for example, in the mountains or during the rainy season).

  • Avoid driving at night
  • Have an accident report form (constat à l’amiable), which can be purchased at newsstands, in your vehicle at all times.

Not all drivers respect traffic regulations. Pedestrians, scooters and animals on roadways can also pose risks.

National roads

National roads are generally in good condition but are narrow and heavily congested.

Driving is generally easier on the highways.

Be extremely careful when driving on the Rabat-Casablanca highway and on certain national highways because of high traffic volume.

Accidents causing fatalities are common.

If an accident occurs and only involves material damage, the police won’t usually intervene. The parties involved should complete an accident report (joint report), which can be purchased at newsstands. If the accident involves casualties, avoid moving the vehicles before the police arrive.

Checkpoints

Checkpoints are frequent. Carry your identification and vehicle documents at all times.

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Internet romances

Exercise caution if travelling to Morocco for romance, especially in cases of relationships initiated on the Internet.

Find out beforehand about the country’s customs and laws on conjugal relations and marriage.

Ensure that you retain possession of your return plane ticket, your money and your passport in case problems arise.

Useful links

  • Marriage abroad
  • Overseas fraud

Public beaches

While swimming conditions in tourist areas are generally safe and problem-free, public beaches in major cities are often polluted and unfit for swimming.

Swimming at some beaches on the Atlantic coast is dangerous due to strong currents and tides. Only swim at designated beaches and exercise caution.

Fondation Mohammed VI pour la protection de l’environnement - a list of beaches that meet international standards

Women and girls can be the subject of harassment when wearing swimsuits. Exercise caution and opt for tourist beaches rather than the public ones.

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Moroccan authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Morocco.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for stays of less than 90 days Business visa: not required for stays of less than 90 days Student visa: not required for stays of less than 90 days

Extending your stay beyond 90 days

You must secure proper authorization if you plan to extend your stay in Morocco beyond 90 days. Contact the Service to Foreigners Section (Section du service aux étrangers) at the local police station at least 15 days prior to the expiry of the 90-day limit.

If you remain in Morocco beyond the 90-day limit, you’ll be forced to remain there until seen by a prosecutor and fined.

Entering by private boat

To enter Morocco by private boat, you must do so at a recognized port of entry.

Entering with a private vehicle

If you enter Morocco with a vehicle, you must exit with it or you will be denied exit.

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

In this destination, rabies is carried by dogs and some wildlife, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. While travelling, take precautions , including keeping your distance from animals (including free-roaming dogs), and closely supervising children.

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. Rabies treatment is often available in this destination. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who are at high risk of exposure (e.g., occupational risk such as veterinarians and wildlife workers, children, adventure travellers and spelunkers, and others in close contact with animals). 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.

The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.

For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.

Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care professional.

High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.

Medical services and facilities

The quality of medical care varies greatly throughout the country. Casablanca, Marrakesh and Rabat have good, private medical facilities for non-emergencies. Care in public health facilities is not up to Canadian standards.

Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict, and judgment is expeditious.

Alcohol consumption outside of licensed bars, hotels and restaurants is prohibited. Offenders may be punished by detention or other penalties. Alcohol can also be purchased from licensed stores for private consumption.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Non-Islamic religious materials

Unauthorized importation of bibles or other non-Islamic religious material is prohibited, except for personal use. Religious preaching is forbidden.

Mailing identity papers

Sending identity papers, such as passports, by mail is forbidden in Morocco and authorities may confiscate them.

Extramarital sexual relations

Extramarital sexual relations are illegal. Hotels may refuse to allow couples to stay in the same room, if they’re unable to prove that they’re married. Foreigners, however, are almost always exempt from having to provide proof.

Pornography

Possession of pornographic material is illegal.

Photography

Don’t take photographs of military or security installations.

Drones and surveillance equipment

Drones and surveillance equipment are prohibited and will be confiscated by the authorities upon entry.

The Moroccan constitution states that the person of the King is inviolable and respect is due to him. It is expected that people avoid any criticism of the monarchy.

2SLGBTQI+ travellers

The laws of Morocco prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex.

2SLGBTQI+ travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to Morocco.

Travel and your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics

Children and citizenship

Children of Moroccan fathers automatically acquire Moroccan citizenship at birth, regardless of where they were born. Children of Moroccan mothers may submit a request for their citizenship.

Under Moroccan law, parents may prevent their children from leaving Morocco.

Entry and exit requirements when travelling with children 

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Morocco. According to Moroccan law, however, Moroccan citizenship takes precedence over any other citizenship.

Airport authorities regularly ask dual citizens to produce their Moroccan national identification card.

If you’re a citizen of Canada, but also a citizen of Morocco, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited in Morocco. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements.

General information for travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and Morocco.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Morocco, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Moroccan court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Morocco to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

Dress and behaviour

Islamic practices and beliefs are adhered to in Morocco’s customs, laws and regulations. Dress conservatively, behave discreetly and respect religious and social traditions to avoid offending local sensitivities.

Public displays of affection are frowned upon.

In 2024, the lunar month of Ramadan is expected to begin on or around March 10.

In public, between sunrise and sunset, refrain from:

The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan dirham (MAD). The dirham cannot be exchanged outside of the country. Exchange only as much money as needed, as it is illegal to take dirhams out of Morocco.

Unused dirhams can be converted at the airport exchange counter upon departure, with proof of your initial currency purchase.

Credit cards and traveller’s cheques are accepted in certain stores and restaurants in urban centres and in major hotels.

Morocco is located in an active seismic zone.

Rainy season

The rainy season usually extends from November to March, during which flash floods can occur frequently. These can be especially dangerous in the High Atlas valleys.

Monitor regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly

Local services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 190
  • medical assistance: 150
  • firefighters: 150

Consular assistance

For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada to Morocco in Rabat and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Morocco is a country that will make your Morocco tourist visa worth the money. The country has a great deal to offer its tourists. Variety in the cuisine, there is the historic city and the souk of Marrakesh, Moresque architecture of Casablanca, and the blue city of Chefchaouen are only a few to list.

 Morocco tourist visa for Indian

There are tourists from across the world who are willing to travel to Morocco for the beauty it is. A tourist visa to Morocco is issued for those foreigners who are looking forward to travelling to Morocco for tourism and other leisure activities like sightseeing, attending concerts, cultural trips and others. The validity of the permit will depend on the type. For a single-entry permit, the validity is 30 days and as for the case of the multiple-entry visa, the validity would differ and the stay permitted per visit will be 30 days only. There may be some changes in the validity as per the case.

Before applying for a tourist visa to Morocco , you need to make sure that you are eligible for the same. The process for the application of the permit is mainly offline and you can apply directly to the Consulate. The step by step process to get a Morocco tourist visa for Indian passport holders is as follows:

  • You can start by downloading the visa application form .
  • Fill out the application form thoroughly.
  • Attach your recent photograph.
  • Collect all the required supporting documents.
  • Submit the documents and the application form to the Consulate.
  • Pay the Morocco tourist visa fee as requested by the Consulate.

At the time of filling out the application form, make sure that the information is correct and it matches with the details on the travel documents. If any of the information is found to be false or unverifiable, there are chances that the application may get rejected. Such a visa rejection will affect your future applications to get a tourist visa to Morocco or any other country.

There are certain parameters that decide whether the applicant is eligible for the application of a tourist visa to Morocco . These parameters vary from type to type and the eligibility criteria for this permit are listed as follows:

  • You must possess proof of purpose of visit
  • If you are visiting your acquaintances, you must have an invitation letter from the resident in Morocco.
  • You must visit for tourism only, or visiting acquaintances and not searching for or taking up any kind of employment.
  • You must meet the health requirements
  • You must be healthy enough to travel to Morocco.
  • You must perform a medical test before travelling to the country and provide a relevant documentary proof (if asked).
  • You have a history of a criminal conviction.
  • You have been deported or banned from another country.
  • You are found to be a threat or risk to the country.
  • You must possess or have access to sufficient funds to be able to cover your stay and other expenses in Morocco.
  • Bank statement or any equivalent document is to be submitted as well as proof of the same.

There are different kinds of requirements based on the nationality of the applicant. The Morocco tourist visa requirements for Indian citizens are listed below:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months ahead of the intended date of travel.
  • Completely filled visa application form
  • Recent photographs as per the specifications
  • Covering letter with required details
  • Confirmed flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Proof of accommodation - hotel reservation, etc.
  • Proof of sufficient funds - Income Tax Returns, Bank statement, Salary slip for the last 6 months, etc.
  • One copy must be provided
  • Photo size: 35 mm x 45 mm.
  • Coloured copy must be provided.
  • The face must cover about 70-80% of the frame.
  • Head should well-centred.
  • The picture must not be older than 6 months.
  • The background must be white
  • Neutral expressions.
  • Both the ears must be visible.
  • Teeth should not be visible.
  • Glasses are not permitted.
  • Headgears are not allowed except for religious reasons.
  • Clothing shouldn’t match the background.

The processing time required for the issuance of a tourist visa to Morocco is about 4 to 5 days. There are several factors that affect the processing time of the permit. Such as the workload at the embassy office, the staff availability, whether the documents are complete or the rest of the documents are yet to be submitted and others.

The fee to get a tourist visa to Morocco must be paid to the Embassy of Morocco directly. It can be paid in cash and should be paid at the time of the submission of the application form and the documents. There are several factors that affect the estimation of the fees. For instance, type of visa, the number of entries permitted, the validity of the visa and other similar factors.

When the documents have been submitted, there are a few things that you need to note -

  • After the documents have been submitted, you can then wait for the processing of your permit.
  • When you are applying, make sure that you are applying at least a couple of weeks prior to your intended date of travel.
  • If there are any kind of issues with the permit, the consulate must be informed accordingly.
  • If there is a change of plans and you need to withdraw your application, this is the time when you do it.

In order to check the status of the permit, it can be done offline by contacting the Consulate offline. Else, if you have applied through an agency, you can check the status through the agency’s website.

After the completion of the whole process, the visa will be processed by the embassy and you can collect it from the Embassy office on the given timings. When you have your visa, there are a few things that you need to know -

  • Before you travel
  • Make a note of the visa expiry date, as well as the number of entries permitted. You must not stay in the country beyond this period.
  • You should travel to Morocco within the validity of your visa.
  • Make sure to carry a copy of your passport and other travel documents while you are in the country.
  • Issue health insurance and travel Insurance from a certified company for safety.
  • At the Border
  • Get your documents checked and your passport verified by the border officers.
  • Consult the airport authorities for any kind of assistance required.
  • Check your visa copy for other guidelines and rules to be followed.
  • Ensure not to get involved in any kind of employment. You can, however, do unpaid volunteer work.
  • The tourist prohibited areas must be stayed out of.
  • Make sure you don’t overstay and apply for a visa extension in time.
  • If you have a change of plans and you need to stay longer, you can apply for an extension or a different kind of visa at least 3 weeks prior to the expiry.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can i extend my morocco tourist visa.

In order to extend your tourist visa to Morocco, you can apply to the local Police Station within 15 days of arrival. But before that, you need to make sure that you have a legitimate reason to get the permit extended. You will have to provide a copy of your visa and pay the required extension fee after which your request will be verified and you will be granted an extension.

After expiring my Morocco Tourist Visa how long can I stay?

When the visa has expired, you are not permitted to stay in the country any longer. If you have humanitarian reasons to stay back in Morocco, the government may grant you an extension. However, if you were not able to leave the country post-expiration of your visa, you may have to face charges and could be deported or even banned from re-entering in certain cases. If you have to stay, you can extend your visa with reliable causes within the timeline.

What is the medical test for Tourist Visa to Morocco?

A medical test is a health examination performed by an authorized doctor to ensure that the applicant does not possess any kind of contagious diseases. These do not just include HIV/AIDS, but also other contagious diseases that can spread. However, this medical test is not necessarily required for a tourist visa to Morocco which is generally mandatory for long term permits.

Can I convert my Morocco Tourist Visa into Work Visa?

No, you are not permitted to convert one type of visa to another and hence, you cannot convert your tourist visa to Morocco into a work permit. You may be allowed to do any kind of unpaid volunteer work in the country as a tourist, but for paid employment, you will have to issue a work permit separately.

How much bank balance required to get Tourist Visa to Morocco?

The amount that is required in your savings bank account is not specified clearly by the Moroccan Embassy. There may be requirements as per the type of visa and whether the visa is a single-entry type or multiple-entry type. For the tourist permit, the balance needs to be sufficient to cover your stay and your leisure activities. The requirements may still change based on several factors.

How long before the trip should I apply for a Morocco Tourist Visa?

Since the processing of the permit requires about 4 to 5 days for processing, it is essential that you apply for the permit well in advance. You can apply at least a couple of weeks before the intended date of travel.

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Is it possible to extend beyond the 90 days?

I've read a number of posts on this website. According to that information, 2 years ago, "The Bureau des Etrangers is not at present forwarding visa extensions to be dealt with in Rabat for Europeans" and "The procedure is full of pitfalls."

( "Extnd my stay I Morocco" )

https://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowTopic-g293730-i9195-k13562741-Extnd_my_stay_i_Morocco-Morocco.html

What is the situation now?

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You need to go to the Bureau des étrangers and ask if they have resumed processing applications. I have no recent information on this.

If it's possible, the procedure takes at least 2 weeks, so it has to be started 15 days or more before expiry. If the extension is granted but your visa has expired in the meantime, you'd be deemed as an overstayer - or at least that happened under the previous system. In the past too, if you got a 90 day extension, you had to leave the country for 180 days at the end of it.

Please let us know the results of your enquiries.

Or you could take a weekend break in the EU and get a new stamp in your passport.

Thanks for the additional information DodgyD ! 😊

I googled it: couldn't find an answer.

Or as you say "take a weekend break in the EU and get a new stamp in your passport"?

"Or as you say "take a weekend break in the EU and get a new stamp in your passport"?’

It is as I say. Take a nice trip to Spain for the weekend (or even Ceuta as a regular poster here does to get a new stamp) and you should be good to go. A whole lot easier than going the extension route.

"90/180-day rule (90 days in, 90 days out)?"

And Ceuta is a great option for going out and back in.

Many thanks comicman and DodgyD ! 🙏

I've never been to Morocco - didn't even know that Ceuta is Spain in North Africa. As it would save the expense of flights , definitely sounds like the best option.

Thanks again! 😊

I wrote a detailed thread on how to get to Ceuta and about the crossing. When I get on my laptop again, I'll post a link to it.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293730-i9195-k14235056-Info_on_Ceuta_crossing-Morocco.html

Here it is. Read it all as there are some updates to the original post about prices and where to get the Grand Taxi to Fnideq and on to Ceuta from.

You should check flights as in some cases flying is much cheaper. I have done a round trip to Spain for something like 45.00 CAD ($35.00 USD) , this was with out luggage or large carry on. But For a visa run, all you need is the small carry on with some change of clothing.

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