General informations

 

PHARMACIES

Are everywhere and are recognized on a sign (green circle with a white cross) which is mentioned “Pharmacie”. The drugs generally have the same name some of which are available without prescription. However, we recommend taking a first aid kit.

DOCTORS

In large cities the medical care is quite good. Most doctors have completed their studies in Europe and speak both French and English. Fees must be paid in cash.

BEGGING

Begging is unknown for the European travelers, but in Islamic countries it has a different meaning and therefore also however, requiers a different behavior. In Islam, begging is no shame, and the “Zakat” almsgiving, is one of the most sacred commandments of religion and one of its pillers. This should also consider the non-Muslims into account by giving now and then some money. Remember that in Morocco no one is supposed to suffer from hunger.

ENTRY

When entering to Morocco, it is necessary to have a passport that is valid for at least three months. Either when entering or leaving a form must be filled in. It’s available on the plane or on the ship. One entry only with the identity card is also possible, but only if the traveler comes with a group. The entry is then somewhat more time-consuming, there must be two registration forms filled out, one of which is discharged, the other must be presented upon departure.

PHOTO TAKING

Taking photos is allowed except for military installations, ports and airports. As well as for veiled women or Muslims while praying..

MONEY

The Moroccan currency is the Dirham (MAD), which is divided into 100 cents. There are bills to 20, 50, 100 and 200 MAD coins of 1, 5 and 10 MAD. Moroccan currency may be carried out neither in nor out. Visitors to the country are allowed to bring as much foreign money as they wish. Cash, major credit cards or traveler’s checks in euros are the most straightforward.
In the hotels and restaurants only cash payment is usually accepted, in major stores credit cards aren’t allowed With the debit card you can withdraw (Dirham) in the designated banks at the ATM money. Banks and hotels switch to valid exchange rate without additional charges, but you can use your credit card in case you need to withdraw money from the bank

HEALTH CARE

TThe Moroccan government requires no vaccinations for entry. Some basic precautions should be considered: Avoid drinking tap water, or water from street vendors. It’ also advisable to avoid ice cubes in drinks, ice cream or unpeeled fruits. The same when you’ll like to eat raw salads.

ACT

Bargaining prices are still very common in Morocco, but not anywhere. Absolutely essential it’s in the souvenir shops in the souks, street vendors and services offered. It’s not the case for “modern stores” that have fixed market prices.

DRESS

Dress comfortably. If you (even in summer) bring cotton clothes for the day, a jacket or a warm sweater for cool evenings, walking shoes and protection from rain, you are properly dressed for Morocco.
Please observe the Islamic moral: women should avoid provocative clothing. Shorts should only be worn on the beach.

CLIMATE

In southern Morocco (Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Zagora, Erfoud) are the mean winter temperatures of 19 ° / 20 ° C, in summer up to 40 ° C. In northern Morocco (Fez, Meknes, Rabat, Casablanca, Tangier), where it can rain a lot during the winter, the temperatures in the winter months it’s about 15 ° C, in summer on the coast at about 30 ° C in the interior up to 35 ° C. In the desert regions the temperatures drop at night strongly. In winter, may be limited by snowfall a journey through the Atlas. Current information about Morocco: www.wetteronline.de

KITCHEN

In most hotels you can find Moroccan, French and International cuisine. Alcoholic drinks are available at most hotels.

The Moroccan cuisine prepares with refinement sun-drenched vegetables and fruits, fine fragrant spices, delicious fish and tasty meat. What many consider the best oriental cuisine in the world will certainly be a feast for your taste buds.

Some Moroccan starters should captivate you absolutely:

Couscous: The traditional Friday dish of the families, that you in the restaurant can get every day now, and is different depending on the region and creativity of the cook.

Tajine: This term refers to the same time the vessel (a shallow dish of baked clay and the typical conical lid) and content: braised stew of meat, poultry or fish with vegetables.

Mechoui: Grilled lamb on the spit roasted.

Pastilla: A puff pastry with filling of almond cream or savory with fish or poultry.

Peppermint tea: He restores and strengthens. The Moroccans drink it heavily sweetened, but it can be ordered and with less or no sugar.

Cake: Honey cakes, croissants foam, pastilla (puff) with almonds, raisins, sesame.
MOSQUES

Mosques may not be entered by non-Muslims. Exception: the grave Mosque of Moulay Ismail in Meknes and the Hassan II. mosque in Casablanca.

OPENING HOURS

Banks and authorities are open Monday to Friday 8:30 to 11:30 and 14:15 to 16:30. In Ramadan 9:00 to 13:45

PRICES

Soft drink: Cola or Fanta or Sprite 25,00 MAD
Beer 40,00 MAD
Bottle of wine 180,00 MAD
Bottle of mineral water 1,5 l 25,00 MAD
Bottle of aerated water, 1 l 25,00 MAD
Coffee or Tea 20,00 MAD
Stamps to the European Union 9,00 MAD

RAMADAN

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic year and for the Muslims a fasting month. Under fasting here is an ascetic life understood that Muslims give up eating, drinking or smoking, from sunrise to sunset.
So to all worldly pleasures, including sexual intercourse is forbidden. In addition, the religious life is to be intensified by strictly following the prayer times and additional mosque visits. From tourists these restrictions are of course not required, but you should not publicly eat during this time, drink or smoke.