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Documents to travel to Morocco

Morocco is called by many as the “prelude to paradise”. The reason is the fabulous combination of tradition, culture, exoticism, progress and modernity that characterize it. Thanks to this, it has become one of the favorite places for European tourists and each year, it acquires greater international popularity.

One of its most famous destinations in Morocco is Casablanca. Its name reminds us of the American film classic of the same name, which is based on that city. But, in addition, it has an important historical value, since it was the meeting point where Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill held the famous meeting in which they agreed on the “D-Day” invasion.

Along with Casablanca, other wonderful cities stand out such as Rabat, the nation’s capital; Marrakech, Fez, Meknes, Ifrane (the famous Moroccan Switzerland) and Chaouen, the blue town. In these towns, you can admire natural and architectural beauty everywhere, do adventure activities, delight yourself by buying handcrafted products, sweets or spices in the souks and trying exquisite typical dishes.

Another reason why Morocco is an excellent tourist destination is because it is quite cheap. Both lodging, transportation and food are accessible, allowing your budget not to be an obstacle to enjoy its charm.

Those who have had the opportunity to visit Morocco affirm that in this destination there are wonders reserved for all tastes. Whether you are a lover of adventure, good food, sports, shopping, parties, tranquility or spirituality, you will find attractive places that you will love.

Documentation required to enter Morocco

The requirements to travel to Morocco as a tourist may vary depending on your nationality. However, in general terms, the Moroccan authorities will require the following documents:

  • Passport legally issued by the country of origin. The minimum validity allowed ranges between three and six months, depending on the place of origin. This information should be consulted at the corresponding consulate.
  • Tourist visa, depending on the nationality of the traveler.
  • Plane ticket in paper or electronic format, where the round trip dates are verified.
  • Reservation of accommodation or letter of invitation.
  • Documents that prove the sufficiency of funds to assume the expenses of the stay.
  • Demonstrate roots in the nation of origin, through documents that prove the family, academic, commercial or labor ties that are maintained in it.
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Regarding customs regulations, we recommend entering the website of the Moroccan Customs and Indirect Tax Administration: https://www.douane.gov.ma/web/guest There you can review everything related to the topic.

Do not forget that these requirements may vary depending on your country of origin. Therefore, we recommend you check with the airline of your choice, what are the requirements that are in force on the date of your flight. Thus, you will travel safely and avoid inconveniences with the immigration authorities upon arrival.

Requirements to apply for the ordinary tourist visa

One of the main steps you must take before proceeding with the planning of your trip is to know if you have to apply for a tourist visa. In order to facilitate this process, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has published a list of the countries with which it has exemption agreements, which you can access by going to: https://www.consulat.ma/en/list-of-countries-whose-nationals-do-not-need-entry-visa-morocco

If your country does not participate in these agreements, you must comply with the application process and obtain it, since, without a visa, you will not be able to enter Morocco. In case you need it, you will have to gather the following elements:

  • Application form, available at: https://www.consulat.ma/sites/default/files/inline-files/Espagnole-formulaireVisa_0.pdf
  • Two recent photographs, taken on a white background, in which the facial features are clearly visible and whose measurements are 4 x 3 cm.
  • Original passport, validly issued, whose validity exceeds the time of stay in Morocco.
  • Photocopy of passport data sheets.
  • Most recent bank statements.
  • Lodging reservation. Failing this, a letter of responsibility signed by the person who will be in charge of the visitor during their stay will be accepted.

The cost of the procedure varies depending on the type of tourist visa requested. Rates are established in Dirham, the official currency of Morocco, but will be paid in local currency using the current exchange rate as a reference. Based on this, the price of consular fees is as follows:

  • The tourist visa for one entry for a period of three months costs 222 dirhams.
  • The tourist visa that allows two entries in a period of three months, has a fee of 330 dirhams.

Once you have all the documents, you must request an appointment at the Moroccan consulate with jurisdiction in your country. In this opportunity, you will have to present them and you will be able to be interviewed about their content and your travel intentions.

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If the visa is approved, you will have to go again to withdraw the visa. On that occasion, you will have to present the air ticket, travel insurance and proof of payment of consular fees. In any case, do not hesitate to contact the consulate before formalizing your application, in order to verify if they request additional requirements to those that we have indicated.

Entry rules decreed due to COVID-19

Morocco is one of the African countries with the highest rate of vaccination against COVID-19. However, as a precaution and due to the Omicron variant, its borders had been closed since the end of November 2021, allowing only the entry of foreigners traveling for essential reasons.

Fortunately, the situation has improved and from February 07, 2022, tourists are allowed to enter again. However, all travelers must comply with the following biosafety regulations:

  • Valid vaccination certificate, stating that the passenger has received the complete guideline and at least 14 days have elapsed since the application of the last dose.
  • Negative PCR test, carried out within 48 hours prior to the flight.
  • Fill out and download the passenger’s Health Card before the outbound flight, available in digital format at the following link: https://www.onda.ma/form.php It can also be obtained on the plane or ship.

Passengers between 6 and 18 years of age will only be asked for a negative PCR test taken under the conditions that we have previously indicated. Children under 6 years of age are exempt from all health access requirements.

Upon arrival, travelers are subjected to controls in thermal cameras and antigen tests are carried out at the entry points. Likewise, PCR tests are performed randomly. Those who test positive, with no symptoms or presenting a mild condition, must isolate themselves in a hotel, on their own. If the condition is moderate or severe, the passenger will be referred to a public or private hospital as appropriate.

Similarly, while they are at the airport, foreigners have to comply with the rules of distance and use of the mask. Luggage will be disinfected with a virucidal substance at various checkpoints.

Although leisure travel is already allowed, this situation could change if the Moroccan government decides to close the borders again for prevention. For this reason, we recommend that you keep up to date with the news that arises about the pandemic. You can obtain information from the official website of the Ministry of Health here: https://www.sante.gov.ma/pages/actualites.aspx?idactu=410

Maya Martinez

Legal advisor for immigration processes. In addition to providing support in the legal procedures, I offer integral and informative support in relation to the obligations that are acquired when arriving to a new country.

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