✈HOW TO GET IN
The simplest way to get to Morocco is, of course, to take a plane. Alternatively, you could fly to Spain or Gibraltar and pick up a ferry there; or, from continental Europe, you could go all the way by car, trains or buses. Fares usually depend on season, the highest being at Christmas, Eastern and the summer between July and August,Click here to Read More
There are flights from New York, Montreal, Dubai and various European cities to Casablanca as well as Marrakech, Agadir, Fez, Tangier, Essaouira, Ouarzazate, Rabat and Nador.
Many visitors also fly to Gibraltar or Malaga (which are often considerably cheaper to get to) and take a ferry from Algeciras, Tarifa or Gibraltar to Tangier. This is not recommended in summer as literally millions of Moroccans living in Europe use this passage during the summer holidays.
The only open border posts on land are the ones at the Spanish colonies of Sebta and Melilla. The frontier with Algeria has been closed for ten years. For the closest maritime connection you head for Algeciras, Gibraltar or Tarifa in southern Spain. At Algeciras, there are ferry services to Ceuta and Tangier that carry cars. Tarifa has a similar service to Tangier, and this is the shortest and fastest route (just 35 minutes).
It’s also possible to enter Mauritania by car from Dakhla. Most countries’ citizens need a visa to get into Mauritania, which are available at the Mauritanian embassy in Rabat (visas are no longer issued at the border). It might be hard to get into Morocco with a commercial vehicle. Campervans are acceptable (but they must look like a camper van), but other commercial vehicles might get turned around and prevented from traveling onwards. If you want to take a commercial vehicle and there is more than one person traveling, it may be worthwhile if a French or Arabic speaking person travels to any international border with Morocco of your choice and meets with the head of customs before you try to bring in a commercial vehicle.
There are several ferry connections to Morocco, mainly from Spain. Algeciras is the main port and serves Sebta and Tangier. A ferry between Algeciras and Sebta takes 40 minutes, and less than 2 hours to get to Tangier. You can also get to Tangier from the small port of Tarifa, on the southernmost tip of mainland Spain. This will take 35 minutes. Some companies run buses between Tarifa and Algeciras for free (25 minutes), so you will have no problems getting to the train station. Other Spanish ports that have connections to Morocco are Malaga and Almeria who connect to Melilla and its Moroccan neighbor town of Nador. Ferries from France go to Tangier from the port of Sète near Montpellier and Port Vendres near Perpignan. However, these ferries are rather expensive. The Italian towns of Genoa and Naples also have direct connections to Tangier. The British crown colony of Gibraltar connects to Tangier through a high-speed boat service.
From Tarfia to Tangier the ferry costs €35 as of August 2017. Return cost €81 with the date of return open. However, you can get the ferry ticket from Tangier at MAD390, about €36. To Algeciras from Tangier, it costs MAD395 single.
All visitors to Morocco require a valid passport, but visitors from the following countries are exempted from having a visa for 90 days :
European Union states, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Republic of Congo, Guinea, Hong Kong(30 days), Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Libya, Mali, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Niger, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore(30 days), South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela.
For tourists from countries that need a visa to enter Morocco, the Moroccan Embassy is usually the first port of call. The embassy charges the equivalent of 20 USD for a single entry and 30 USD for double or multiple entries. Visas are usually valid for 3 months and take around 5-6 working days to process.
Tourists can stay for up to 90 days. Visa extensions can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. (You may find it easier to duck into the Spanish-occupied Sebta or Melilla and then re-enter Morocco for a new stamp). Anti-cholera vaccination certificates may be required of visitors coming from areas where this disease is prevalent, and pets need a health certificate less than ten days old and an anti-rabies certificate less than six months old.
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