Read on for some important Morocco travel tips and information from our destination experts.
As a foreigner, you are not expected to adopt the local dress code, but doing so will be regarded as proof of respect.
Since Morocco is an Islamic country, what is considered appropriate in terms of clothing, especially for women, is conservative in general when compared to Western standards. In rural communities and to a certain extent in Fes, the views tend to be more conventional. While in some of the bigger cities such as Marrakech or Casablanca, attitudes are much more relaxed and many local women dress in Western style.
Moroccan sense of decorum ask that men and women dress modestly. Shorts are not recommended for both genders, and arms and shoulders should be covered. As a foreigner, you are not expected to adopt the local dress code, but doing so will be regarded as proof of respect, which will be much appreciated and warmly reciprocated as well as help you avoid unwanted attention.
1. It is customary to shake hands with just about everyone you meet, but if you are male, you should only shake hands with a local lady if she offers you her hand first.
2. If eating out, where no utensils are provided, eat with your right hand. Do bear in mind that on entering a Moroccan home, it is usual to remove your shoes.
3. Some Moroccans, especially women and older men, do not like to be photographed or videotaped due to a combination of religious and popular beliefs and superstitions. If a woman is veiled, assume she would not like to be photographed.
As guests in Morocco, you are very strongly urged to avoid saying anything about the King in public.
In Morocco people generally do not openly discuss internal politics, and may not be overly receptive to your points of view. If someone seems anxious to start a political discussion, it is best to stay away from it. Particularly sensitive issues are the freedom of press, religion, and the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
It is considered a sign of enormous disrespect to say – or even suggest – anything negative or mocking concerning the members of the Royal Family.
Avoid frivolous handling of coins or notes, as this might also be considered disrespectful. Children sometimes ask for money or ‘bonbons’ and we urge you not to encourage begging by giving them money. We suggest that you bring ballpoint or marker pens for them instead. They can never have too many!
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