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Morocco

Morocco: At a glance

Capital: Rabat

Population: 35.74 million

Official language: Arabic

Time zone: Western European Standard Time

Emergency #: 15

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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Morocco: Travel Health Information

Morocco is known for its nature, culture, and history. Travellers can visit one of Morocco’s many beaches such as Dahkla – known as the pearl of southern Morocco. The blue mountainside town of Chefchaouen is another popular destination.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Morocco may differ from your home country. Morocco has a public healthcare system and some private options. Access to healthcare services varies by region. Private healthcare in Casablanca, Marrakech, and Rabat is high quality and meets many international standards. However, the quality of care throughout the rest of the country, especially in rural regions, is limited and does not meet international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Morocco typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation – possibly to Western Europe – may be required for complex emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Morocco.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines in Morocco’s cities is usually good. There are several pharmacies, including emergency pharmacies. In rural regions, however, access to pharmacies and medicines may be very limited. Travellers should pack an adequate supply of essential medication for the duration of their trip, especially if they will be travelling outside of major cities.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Morocco’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Morocco’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in and around cities are usually paved, but roads in rural areas may be unpaved and poorly maintained. Many roads in Morocco are poorly lit and roads in mountain regions may be winding, narrow, and steep. Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts in vehicles at all times. Helmets must be worn by motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Morocco: At a glance

Capital: Rabat

Population: 35.74 million

Official language: Arabic

Time zone: Western European Standard Time

Emergency #: 15

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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