Morocco has made a strong commitment to tourism in recent years. And that implies a relaxation of the bureaucratic requirements for tourists entering the country. In any case, it is still necessary to comply with a series of rules related to the traveler and his luggage. In this page we give you detailed information about it.
IMPORTANT NOTE: These bureaucratic requirements for entry into the country may change over time, depending on political, health or other circumstances. Therefore, we recommend that you consult with your agency or the consulate closest to your place of residence beforehand.
It depends on your nationality. Probably not, since Morocco no longer requires entry visas for nationals of most countries. However, it is still a prerequisite for persons with nationality of certain states.
If you are a national of any of these countries, you will only need to have a valid passport:
Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Macao Administrative Region, Republic of Macao, Romania, San Marino, China, Russian Federation, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Togo, United Arab Emirates, United States of America.
Tourists from these countries can stay 90 days in Morocco, with the possibility of extending their stay for another 90 days. The request for extension must be made at a Moroccan police station.
Therefore, in order for the passport to be considered ‘in order’, it must be valid for at least 3 months from the date of travel. However, it is recommended that the validity period be 6 months from the date of the trip, in order to cover the hypothetical extension of the stay in the country.
What will be mandatory is to fill out an information form when entering Morocco. This is a very easy form to fill out, which can be done at the airport of departure or on board the inbound ferry, if this method of travel is used.
Nationals of a small group of countries are in an intermediate situation: they do not have to apply for a tourist visa to travel to Morocco, but are subject to special conditions for travel:
If the country of which you are a national is not on the above lists and therefore does not have a bilateral agreement with Morocco on travel and tourism, you will need to obtain a visa to enter Morocco. In addition, you will need to have a valid passport, valid for 3 months from the beginning of the trip (recommended 6 months from the beginning of the trip).
To obtain your visa as a tourist you will have to complete a series of procedures. You can do it in person at the consulate nearest to your place of residence, or online through the official website of the Moroccan government:
Whichever method you choose, you will have to submit a series of documents at two different times:
The visa for Morocco grants 90 days of tourist stay in the country, which can be extended for another 90 days upon request at a Moroccan police station. Therefore, the traveler’s passport must be valid for at least 3 months, with a recommendation for an additional 6 months. Verification of the effective date will be made at the time of application.
To start the application process for a tourist visa in Morocco, you will need to submit the following documents:
Even if the processing of the visa for Morocco goes ahead after the application and submission of the above documents, you will need to present the following documents to pick up your visa:
All the documents and procedures indicated above are valid to apply for a tourist visa, which will allow you to travel freely throughout the country. But there are other different visas, with different requirements and mobility and activity rights that may vary. Although they are not the most suitable for traveling in the country, we list them below for your information:
Morocco’s customs services aim to control what is brought into and out of Moroccan territory. This is a procedure closely related to travel by car in the country, as this means of transport has more space to carry goods and objects that are not allowed.
But you should also be prepared for such checks when entering or leaving the country by other means, regardless of the baggage checks that may be carried out by the authorities of the country from which you are traveling or to which you are returning.
Therefore, it will be useful for you to know that Moroccan customs establishes three types of goods:
We review them below, although you can read more about this topic on the
official website of the Moroccan customs
They are considered “free import and export” goods because there is no duty to be paid on them and they do not have to be declared or any other formalities to be carried out in connection with them. And they have this consideration because they are necessary or are related to a tourism trip or vacation to Morocco:
If the units or quantities specified are exceeded, the traveler may be required to pay a customs duty or leave the goods at customs.
In order to be able to introduce these goods free of charge, they must pass a series of requirements, with certification from the competent authority:
If the necessary documentation for their introduction into the country is not provided, two scenarios may occur: the owner may have to pay some kind of fee for their introduction, or they may be seized and deposited at customs pending regularization. In this second case, the maximum period for regularization is 45 days. From that moment on, if the objects have not been collected or the required documentation has not been provided, they will be declared abandoned.
None of these objects may be carried in the luggage or in the trunk of the traveler’s vehicle, whether entering or leaving the country:
Finally, it is worth mentioning some additional formalities that you must do if you plan to enter Morocco with your car, since the vehicle is a commodity in itself, to which the country also pays a lot of attention.
Specifically, to access Morocco by car you will need to present:
You should know that, when leaving the country, you will be asked to leave with the vehicle you entered with. Otherwise, you could run into administrative problems with the border authorities. So, if during your trip a mishap occurs that forces you to change your plans and leave your car in Moroccan territory, we recommend you to go to a police station and discuss the situation.
Let’s remember that there are several ways to enter Morocco by car:
In addition to the above, you may have to meet other requirements to enter the country. In this case, we recommend that you consult the page on our website where we discuss the subject. For example, the page on
Health and Vaccinations
to find out what medical requirements are required for travel to the country (if any).
You can also contact your nearest consulate or make an online inquiry to an institution able to provide up-to-date information, such as the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, either the Moroccan or your country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.