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Bureaucratic formalities to travel to Morocco: visa, customs, special permits, etc.

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.

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Do I need a visa to travel to Morocco?

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.

Countries whose nationals only need a passport

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.

Countries whose nationals have additional requirements

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:

  • Need for an ESMA (electronic travel authorization to Morocco): Congo (Brazzaville), Guinea (Conakry), Mali
  • Stay limited to 30 days (non-extendable): Hong-Kong, Maldives
  • Stay limited to 90 days (non-extendable): Malaysia, Hungary

Countries whose nationals must obtain a visa

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).

Tourist visa: procedures to obtain it

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:

Acces Maroc


Whichever method you choose, you will have to submit a series of documents at two different times:

  1. When applying for a visa
  2. When you pick up your visa

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.

Documents to be submitted when applying for a visa

To start the application process for a tourist visa in Morocco, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • Application form (paper or online)
  • Two recent passport-size photographs
  • Identity card. If you are traveling from a country other than your country of nationality and reside in that country, you must provide a residence card or any equivalent document proving your presence there.
  • Passport valid for more than 3 months from the beginning of the trip.
  • Photocopy of passport (pages indicating identity and validity of passport)
  • Bank statement
  • Request from an authorized travel agency or a recommendation from the Ministry of Tourism or the Delegation of the Moroccan National Tourist Office.

Documents to be submitted when picking up the visa

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:

  • One-way transportation title with firm reservation
  • Travel insurance valid in Morocco
  • Reservation at an accommodation in the country or equivalent voucher
  • Chancellery rights

Other visas to enter Morocco

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:

  • Accreditation visas: issued by diplomatic and consular agents of a government with representation in Morocco, and are granted to members of the administrative and technical staff to perform their duties.
  • Diplomatic visa: granted by a Diplomatic Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to those who, due to their diplomatic functions, must travel frequently to their country.
  • Service visas: issued by the diplomatic missions of the Kingdom of Morocco to those who need to enter the country for work purposes.

Customs: what you can and cannot take with you

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:

  • Objects that may be brought into the country freely and without charge, as they are considered personal effects related to the trip.
  • Objects that can be brought into the country free of charge, with the corresponding documentation in order
  • Objects or goods whose introduction into Morocco is prohibited

We review them below, although you can read more about this topic on the

official website of the Moroccan customs


Objects that may be freely brought into or out of the country

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:

  • Clothing
  • Personal jewelry
  • Musical instruments
  • Computer and other personal electronic devices
  • Wheelchairs and other orthopedic accessories
  • Lightweight sporting goods
  • Children’s toys, including bicycles
  • Up to 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverage
  • 150 ml of perfume
  • Souvenirs bought in Morocco worth 2,000 dirhams

If the units or quantities specified are exceeded, the traveler may be required to pay a customs duty or leave the goods at customs.

Objects free of charge but subject to special formalities

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:

  • Medicines for personal use, with medical documents proving that the carrier or a member of the expedition must use it during the trip. For example, a medical certificate, a prescription, etc.
  • Plant products, with phytosanitary certificate
  • Animals and animal products, with veterinary certificate from the Office National de Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits Alimentaires (ONSSA).
  • Objects to be donated to local entities, with documents proving the existence and nature of such entity and justifying the donation.
  • Hunting weapons and ammunition, with authorization from the National Security services.
  • Certain industrial products, with the authorization of the department in charge of Industry and Commerce
  • The second (and subsequent) units of telecommunications equipment, with approval from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT).

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.

Goods that cannot be brought into Morocco

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:

  • Narcotics
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Weapons and ammunition of war
  • Dirhams (local currency)
  • Writings, printed matter, audiovisual material and, in general, all objects that are contrary to good manners and public order.

Bureaucratic formalities if you arrive by car

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:

  • Declaration of temporary admission of the vehicle, which is made upon arrival at the border post.
  • Original of the vehicle registration certificate (c
    grise art
    ) of the vehicle
  • Passport of the traveler in charge of the vehicle
  • Insurance covering Moroccan territory (
    carte verte
  • Power of attorney from the owner of the vehicle, if the person responsible for bringing the vehicle into Morocco is not the owner of the car.
  • If the car is a rental car, the contract stating that the agency authorizes the vehicle to be brought into Morocco.

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:

  • By Tangier, for which it will be necessary to embark the vehicle on a ferry. In this case, border formalities will be carried out before the car is loaded into the ferry’s hold, so it is recommended to arrive well in advance to allow sufficient time for this.
  • For the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla. In that case, you will have two options:
    • Embark with your car on a ferry from the south of Spain (Algeciras, Almeria, Motril) and, from these cities, cross the border by road.
    • Rent a car in one of the car rental offices in these Spanish cities
  • Through El Guergarat, in Western Sahara, on its border with Mauritania.

Other bureaucratic formalities

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.

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