Morocco Travel Information
To prevent the spread of the corona virus, Moroccan
authorities have decided to close all borders, including
for road, air and sea traffic. The closure was
implemented on March 16 and will last for new
regulations. This means that it is currently not
possible to enter or leave Morocco in the usual way. The
authorities also introduced a sanitary emergency on 20
March, which has been extended to 20 May. The state of
emergency involves severe restrictions on movement in
public spaces, including traffic between cities. For
more information about coronavirus, see the section
There is a certain risk of terrorist attacks in
Morocco. Norwegians traveling to Morocco, or residing in
the country, are required to register at
http://www.reiseregistrering.no/ and follow on local
Terrorism: The Moroccan authorities
generally have high terror preparedness. The authorities
are constantly working towards radicalized environments
and the number of arrests linked to suspected terror
cells has increased recently. It is considered likely
that terrorists will try to carry out attacks on the
government apparatus and tourist destinations. A
Norwegian and Danish citizen was killed in Morocco in
December 2018 by individuals who had expressed support
for IS. In 2011, 11 people were killed, several by
Westerners, in a terrorist attack at a cafe in
Marrakech. Travelers are asked to follow the media,
listen to local authorities, and otherwise be vigilant,
especially in places with many people, and avoid
Public gatherings: Demonstrations
and public gatherings take place at regular intervals
throughout the country and especially in the big cities.
Most of these are peaceful. Travelers are asked to take
the necessary precautions and avoid crowds.
- Countryaah: Rabat is the capital
of Morocco. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Road safety: At all times, great
caution should be exercised in traffic. The standard of
the motorways is good, but the roads are poorly lit and
driving after dark is not recommended. Caution is needed
as cars often stop along the roadside, people cross the
roadway, including on the highway, and traffic police
line up on the roadway.
Trekking: Tourists walking in
mountain and desert areas of Morocco should use
authorized guides with local knowledge and not go alone.
Crime: Morocco has a low crime rate, but
should be aware of the risk of pickpockets and other
criminals. Avoid traveling with expensive jewelry,
watches and other valuables that may attract unwanted
attention. Keep your mobile phone, wallet and passport
in a safe place. It is illegal to take pictures of
police/security forces in Morocco.
Citizens with Norwegian-Moroccan (dual) citizenship
are advised that when staying in Morocco, they are
considered Moroccan citizens by the country's
authorities. This limits the amount of consular
assistance the embassy and consulate can provide
Norwegian-Moroccans in criminal and other litigation.
Women's security: Morocco is a
Muslim country, albeit somewhat more "Western" than many
other Muslim countries. Only shoulders, short skirts and
shorts are not common outside the tourist area of
Agadir and partly in the city center of Casablanca. It
is advisable to cover your knees and shoulders to avoid
Religion: The fasting month of
Ramadan is strictly observed. There are then more
restrictions than usual on the sale of alcohol and many
restaurants are closed. Non-marital sexual intercourse
is punishable, including cohabitation. Gay practices are
also penalized. It is forbidden to carry the Bible in
Arabic, as well as to spread non-Muslim/evangelical
Western Sahara: Morocco considers
Western Sahara as Moroccan territory. However, this is
not recognized by the international community. Western
Sahara is acc. The UN Charter stipulates a
"Non-Self-Governing Territory". When traveling in
Western Sahara, one must generally be aware of mining
hazards and avoid driving off the roads. It should be
noted that the Norwegian Embassy has very limited
opportunity to assist Norwegian citizens in Western
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Valid passport: For Norwegian
citizens traveling to Morocco, the Moroccan authorities
require that the passport is valid for six months from
entry. Travelers must also take into account that
flights from Morocco to Norway very often entail a
stopover in Europe, where the Schengen countries may
have other rules on the validity of passports.
Visa: Norwegian citizens are not
required to enter Morocco for tourist stays for up to 90
days. If you are to stay in Morocco for more than 90
days, you should contact the Moroccan police no later
than 15 days after entering to apply for a residence
permit. Foreign nationals, refugees with Norwegian
travel visas, etc. must investigate whether there is a
visa requirement at the Moroccan embassy in Oslo well in
advance of departure.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Moroccan
authorities have introduced state of emergency and
strict measures to prevent the spread of infection,
including closure of entry and exit to the country. All
flights in and out of the country are canceled, schools,
eateries and shops (except grocery stores and
pharmacies) are closed. Trains and other public
transport between cities are canceled. It is prohibited
to use private and public transport to travel between
cities. It is only possible to leave the residence to
shop for food, medicines, go to the doctor or go to work
(then confirmation from the employer is required).
All households must have received an authorization
document which must be completed and used when leaving
the home. The authorities can prosecute people who do
not comply with the curfew and other exceptions with one
to three months imprisonment and fined 300 to 1300
dirhams. The authorities have also mandated the use of
face masks in public spaces. Norwegian travelers who are
still in Morocco are asked to stay informed about what
the state of emergency entails in local authorities and
in local media.
Norway has organized several extraordinary flights to
transport Norwegians back to Norway since the closure of
the airspace. Nearly 200 Norwegians have been sent home.
No more extraordinary flights are planned from Morocco
to Norway or the Nordic countries at the moment.
Norwegians traveling in Morocco must prepare to stay in
the country for a period to come. It is important that
those who do not return home to Norway contact their
travel insurance company, follow information from the
Norwegian authorities and information and advice from
If you are a Norwegian traveler on a
short-term stay in Morocco and would like to keep you
informed about the possibilities of returning to Norway,
our advice is as follows:
- Register at
https://www.reiseregistrering.no/with the correct
name, email and phone number. If you are already
registered, make sure you are registered with the
https://www.reiseregistrering.no/ is our most
important channel for sending updated information to
Norwegians in Morocco. It is therefore very
important to check if the correct email and phone
number are registered.
- Send the following information to the embassy's
email [email protected] soon as possible:
- Surname and first name (as it appears in the
- Date of birth (six digits)
- Passport number and validity date
- Country of birth
- Arrival date to Morocco and date of scheduled
return, documented by ticket
- Information about where you are in Morocco
- Travel Insurance Information (Name, Validity)
- Information on the cause of return (need for
medical follow-up in Norway, family reunification
with children in Norway, working conditions).
Information on the cause of return must be
documented with medical certificates/certificates
from the employer, etc.
- Phone number you can reach
Information requested in point two will be included
in the embassy's overview of Norwegians traveling while
still in Morocco. In this way, we have all the
information required by the Moroccan authorities to be
able to secure the necessary permits for departure in
case there are opportunities to leave. The embassy has
no opportunity to trace people who are located in
Morocco and we depend on you to actively contact us at
Norwegians who also have Moroccan citizenship must be
aware that the Moroccan authorities have imposed strict
restrictions on departure for Moroccan citizens. Only in
very extraordinary humanitarian cases, such as
documented serious illness that cannot be treated in
Morocco, family reunification with underage children, or
documented loss of income and employment, the departure
ban for those with dual citizenship is waived.
No extraordinary flights are planned for the Nordic
countries, but a few European countries still organize
extraordinary flights out of Morocco. There are very
limited opportunities for other nationals to join these
flights as they are reserved for people staying in
individual countries. To the extent that the embassy is
made aware that it is possible for Norwegians to get
seats on a flight to another European country, we will
inform those registered with the embassy with all
information (point 2 above). Please note that
information on these flights will be available shortly.
The individual must find opportunities to travel further
to Norway. Unfortunately, the embassy cannot guarantee
that Norwegians will be cleared to travel on these
Norwegians who are permanently resident in Morocco,
ie who are not visiting Morocco, are also encouraged to
register at https://www.reiseregistrering.no/, but are
not covered by the request to send detailed information
to the embassy.
If you need financial assistance as a result of being
stranded in Morocco, Nav has the following information
on the website. Your local Nav office will be able to
assist further. To the extent that Nav needs information
on the situation in Morocco, you can refer to travel
information on Morocco.
Norwegian travelers who remain in Morocco and
Norwegian citizens residing in the country are asked to
follow the advice and directions of local authorities,
that is, to stay as far as possible to help reduce the
spread of infection. Travelers are also asked to keep an
eye on upcoming flight connections to Europe and Norway
to ensure the opportunity to return to Norway when
flight connections are restored. Travelers are also
asked to contact their travel insurance company for any
questions regarding ticket exchange and reimbursement.
For questions related to the spread of coronary
infection in Morocco, Norwegian travelers are asked to
stay up to date on developments through local
authorities - see the Ministry of Health's website
Maladie au nouveau coronavirus (in French) and local
media. A separate emergency number has been created in
connection with the corona virus which is +212
0801004747. The phone is operated in Arabic and French.
Anyone with symptoms should contact this number.
You can find more information and guidance from
Norwegian health authorities about covid-2019 on the
website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See
also UD's answers to frequently asked questions about
travel and coronavirus.
You can contact the embassy at [email protected] or by
phone 00212 00212 05 37 66 42 00/tel. 47 23 95 54 00
during working hours (09.00-15.00).
In emergencies outside working hours, you will be
transferred to the UD's 24-hour operating center on +47
23 95 00 00, e-mail: [email protected]
It is important to provide travel insurance that
covers sick transport to Norway and medical expenses.
The traveler is advised to check with his/her own travel
insurance on outbound transport in case the coronary
infection will be covered..
The health services are adequate in the larger
cities, and primarily in private clinics. Proof of valid
health insurance is required. Payment is often made in
cash. Outside the big cities, it will be difficult to
find adequate medical treatment. Tuberculosis,
poliomyelitis, jaundice, meningitis and STD are
prevalent among the people of Morocco. Blood transfer
should be avoided.
Sanitary conditions are relatively good in the big
cities and tourist areas. Visitors are advised to drink
bottled water and preferably eat well-cooked meat.
One should stay away from alien cats and dogs because
of. rabies risk. See also the Norwegian Institute of
Public Health for updated information on vaccines.
reiseregistrering.no: If you are
going to Morocco, you are encouraged to register on
reiseregistrering.no because it will make it easier for
the Foreign Service to contact you in case something
serious should happen where you are. In a crisis
situation, the Foreign Service will try to contact you
if you enter relevant information. We cannot guarantee
that we will be able to help you in all situations.
Registration is also recommended for anyone who is going
to be abroad for a longer period (students and other
Before Departure: Make sure you have
a passport that is valid for at least six months after
the scheduled departure time, return ticket, travel
insurance covering sick transport to Norway and medical
expenses, travel expenses including emergency
situations, valid credit card and account funds in
Norway, as well as required vaccines. Norwegian citizens
do not need a visa for Morocco for tourist stays that
last less than three months. For other types of stays or
if one in the traveling party has another citizenship,
contact the Moroccan Embassy in Oslo.
Precautions during the journey:
Avoid any exposure to narcotics. Morocco has very severe
penalties for such conditions. Be careful after dark and
avoid criminally charged areas. Never bring packages or
luggage for other people.
For stays of more than six months:
Persons who move abroad to settle there or to stay there
for at least six months must, before departure, report
to the National Population Register in the municipality
of residence. Notification is written on its own form,
"Notification to the National Register of Relocation",
see the Tax Administration's website. Norwegian citizens
who reside abroad or stay there for a long time are
welcome to inform the embassy, or send contact
information, at the embassy's email address
Lost passport: If your passport has
been stolen/lost, you must immediately report to the
police at the place where the passport disappeared. The
loss notification (confirmation from the local police of
the loss notification) must contain detailed information
on the circumstances under which the passport was lost.
Then contact the embassy or the nearest Norwegian
consulate. Norwegian citizenship and identity must be
documented. Emergency passports issued at the embassy
are only valid for one return journey, and then a new
passport must be applied for at the registered office in
Norway. Emergency passport costs the same as an ordinary
Languages: Arabic and Berber
(amazighe) are official languages. French is the first
foreign language and is mastered by most of the larger
cities. In the north, Spanish is often better spoken
than French. English is less prevalent, but is prevalent
in the tourist areas, especially Agadir.
Local emergency numbers: Police 19
(cities) and 177 (outside cities). Fire/Accidents 15.
Emergency: Norwegian citizens in
need or crisis are requested to contact the embassy in
Rabat for assistance: e-mail: [email protected] / tel. 47
23 95 54 00.
If it is urgent, contact UD's 24-hour operating
center on +47 23 95 00 00, e-mail: UDops @ mfa.no.