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VISAS AND BUREAUCRACY

Bureaucratic Procedures for Traveling to Morocco: Visa, Customs, Special Permits, etc.

Morocco has made a strong commitment to tourism in recent years. This implies a relaxation in the bureaucratic requirements demanded of tourists entering the country. Nonetheless, it is still necessary to comply with a series of rules related to the traveler and their luggage. On this page, we provide detailed information on this matter.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These entry bureaucratic requirements can change over time, depending on political, health, or other circumstances. Therefore, we recommend consulting any doubts with your agency or the nearest consulate to your place of residence.

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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 an essential requirement for individuals with nationality from certain states.

Countries Whose Nationals Only Need a Passport

If you have the nationality of one of these countries, you will only need to have a valid passport:

Algeria, Andorra, Germany, Australia, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Ivory Coast, Chile, Cyprus, Colombia, South Korea, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Estonia, Russian Federation, Philippines, Finland, France, Gabon, Great Britain, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Niger, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Macao Administrative Region, Czech Republic, Romania, San Marino, China, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Togo

Tourists from these countries can stay in Morocco for 90 days, with the possibility of extending their stay for another 90 days. The extension request must be made at a Moroccan police station.

Therefore, 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 this validity be 6 months from the date of travel, to also cover the hypothetical extension of the stay in the country.

Filling out an informational form when entering Morocco will be mandatory. This is a very easy form to complete, which can be done at the departure airport or onboard the entry ferry if this method of travel is used.

Countries Whose Nationals Need Additional Requirements

Nationals from a small group of countries are in an intermediate situation: they do not need to apply for a tourist visa to travel to Morocco, but they are subject to special conditions for travel:

Need for an AEVM (electronic authorization for travel 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 your nationality is not on the lists mentioned above and, therefore, does not have a bilateral agreement with Morocco on travel and tourism, you will need to obtain a visa to enter Morocco. Additionally, you will need to have a valid passport, with a mandatory validity of 3 months from the start of the trip (recommended to be 6 months from the start of the trip).

Tourist Visa: Procedures for Obtaining It

To obtain your tourist visa, you will need to complete a series of procedures. You can do this in person at the consulate closest to your place of residence, or online through the official Moroccan government portal: Acces Maroc.

Regardless of the method you choose, you will need to submit a series of documents at two different times:

  1. When you apply for the visa.
  2. When you collect the visa.

The visa for Morocco grants a 90-day tourist stay in the country, which can be extended for another 90 days upon request at a Moroccan police station. Therefore, the validity of the traveler’s passport must be at least 3 months, with a recommendation for 6 more months. The verification of this validity date will be carried out at the time of application.

Documents to be Submitted When Applying for the Visa

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

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

Documents to be Submitted When Collecting the Visa

Although the processing of the visa for Morocco may go ahead after applying and submitting the above documents, to collect your visa you must present the following documents:

  • Round-trip transport ticket with a firm reservation
  • Travel insurance valid in Morocco
  • Reservation at an accommodation in the country or an equivalent voucher
  • Chancellery fees

Other Visas for Entering Morocco

All the documents and procedures indicated above are valid for processing a tourist visa, which will allow you to freely travel around the country. But there are other types of visas, with different requirements and rights to mobility and activity that may vary. Although they are not the most suitable for traveling around the country, we list them below for your knowledge:

  • Accreditation visa: granted by diplomatic and consular agents of a government with representation in Morocco, and are given 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 duties, must travel frequently to their country
  • Service visa: granted by the Diplomatic Missions of the Kingdom of Morocco to those who must enter the country for work reasons.

Customs: What Can and Cannot Be Brought

The customs services of Morocco aim to control what is brought into Moroccan territory and what is taken out. This is a procedure very much related to traveling to the country by car, as this means of transport has more space to carry goods and items that are not allowed.

However, you should also be prepared for such inspections when entering or leaving the country by other means, regardless of the luggage checks that may be carried out by the authorities of the country you are traveling from or to.

Therefore, it is useful to know that Moroccan customs establish three types of goods:

  1. Items that can be freely and gratuitously introduced into the country, as they are considered personal effects related to travel.
  2. Items that can be introduced into the country for free, with the corresponding documentation in order.
  3. Items or goods whose introduction into Morocco is prohibited.

We will review these below, although you can delve deeper into this topic on the official website of Moroccan customs.

Items that Can Be Freely Introduced or Removed from the Country

These are considered “free import and export goods” because they do not require taxes to be paid on them, nor do they need to be declared or undergo other procedures with respect to them. They have this consideration because they are necessary or related to a tourism or vacation trip to Morocco:

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

Exceeding the indicated units or quantities, the traveler may be obliged to pay a customs tax on them or leave the items at customs.

Items Free of Charge but Subject to Special Formalities

To introduce these goods free of charge, they must meet certain requirements, with certification from the competent authority:

  • Medications for personal use, with medical documents verifying that the carrier or a member of the group will need them during the trip. For example, a medical certificate, prescription, etc.
  • Plant products, with a phytosanitary certificate.
  • Animals and animal products, with a veterinary certificate from the National Office for Sanitary Security of Food Products (ONSSA).
  • Items for donation 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 authorization from the department in charge of Industry and Commerce.
  • The second unit (and subsequent ones) of telecommunications equipment, with approval from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT).

If the necessary documentation is not provided for their introduction into the country, two scenarios can occur: the owner may have to pay a fee for their introduction, or they may be confiscated and deposited at customs awaiting regularization. In this second case, the maximum period for regularization is 45 days. After that time, if the items have not been collected or the required documentation has not been provided, they will be declared abandoned.

Goods That Cannot Be Introduced into Morocco

None of these objects can be in the luggage or in the trunk of the traveler’s vehicle, either upon entering or leaving the country:

  • Narcotics.
  • Counterfeit goods.
  • War weapons and ammunition.
  • Dirhams (local currency).
  • Writings, printed material, audiovisual material, and generally all objects that are contrary to good manners and public order.

Bureaucratic Procedures If You Arrive by Car

Finally, it’s worth mentioning some additional procedures you need to do if you plan to enter Morocco with your car, as the vehicle itself is a commodity to which the country pays much attention.

Specifically, to enter Morocco by car you will need to present:

  • Temporary admission declaration for the vehicle, made at the time of arrival at the border post.
  • The original vehicle registration document (carte grise).
  • Passport of the traveler in charge of the vehicle.
  • Insurance covering Moroccan territory (green card).
  • Legalized power of attorney from the vehicle’s owner if the person introducing the vehicle into Morocco is not the owner.
  • If the car is a rental, the contract stating that the agency authorizes the vehicle to be introduced into Morocco.

You should know that, when leaving the country, you will be asked to do so with the vehicle with which you entered. Otherwise, you could have administrative problems with the border authorities. So, if during your trip there is an unforeseen event that forces you to change plans and leave your car in Moroccan territory, we recommend going to a police station and discussing the situation.

Remember that there are several ways to enter Morocco by car:

  • Through Tangier, which will require embarking the vehicle on a ferry. In this case, border formalities will be done before introducing the car into the ferry’s hold, so it is recommended to arrive well in advance to have enough time.
  • Through the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla. In this case, you will have two options:
    • Embark with your car on a ferry from the south of Spain (Algeciras, Almería, Motril) and, from these cities, cross the border by road.
    • Rent a vehicle at one of the car rental offices in these Spanish cities.
  • Through El Guergarat, in Western Sahara, at its border with Mauritania.

Other Bureaucratic Procedures

In addition to everything mentioned here, you may have to meet other requirements to enter the country. In that case, we recommend consulting our website page on the subject. For example, the page about Health and Vaccines to know what medical requirements are asked to travel to the country (if any).

You can also contact your nearest consulate or make an online inquiry to an institution capable of providing updated information, such as the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whether Moroccan or from your country.

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