The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before travelling to Morocco. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Irish Citizens should note that the Irish Government does not provide funds for emergency medical repatriation or for repatriation of remains.
Irish passport holders do not require entry visas to Morocco for tourist visits. Before travelling it is sensible to contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Morocco.
It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
SAFETY & SECURITY
Regional developments have the potential to trigger popular unrest. Any Irish citizens in Morocco are advised to exercise caution and avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings.
Terrorism poses a serious threat in Morocco. The exercise of vigilance and alertness is strongly advised.
There was a terrorist attack on the Argana restaurant in Marrakesh on 28th of April 2011, which killed 16 people, the majority of whom were foreign tourists. The location suggests that places popular with tourists may be deliberately targeted.
Several attacks took place in 2007, including one in the vicinity of a crowded bus in the city of Meknes in mid-August 2007. In 2003, 45 people were killed in a wave of terrorists attacks in Casablanca.
Visitors to Agadir resorts should be aware of the often dangerous rip currents in the sea off the main resort.
Most visitors find Morocco relatively trouble free. However, you should take the usual, sensible precautions with regards to your valuables, travel documents as well as the areas you visit e.g. badly lit areas of cities.
LOCAL LAWS & CUSTOMS
Morocco is a Muslim country. You should respect local customs and sensitivities at all times, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Women, especially when travelling alone, attract attention. You are advised to dress modestly and avoid wearing clothes that could be regarded as provocative, except on the beach.
Homosexuality is considered a criminal offence in Morocco. Sexual relations outside marriage are also punishable by law.
The penalties for possession of even small amounts of drugs are severe.
Irish citizens are advised to take extra care if driving in Morocco, which has a much worse road safety record, and to stay well within speed limits.