Traveling to Morocco is sooooo easy.
Take the example from Spain: It’s not for nothing that only 14 kilometers of ocean separates Spain from the Strait of Gibraltar, and you can even see the coast of the neighboring country from the other side of the Strait!
Suppose you feel the call of the African continent. In that case, you are dying to know the souks and medinas of magical cities like Marrakech, and you’ve got between your eyebrows to sleep in the desert or ride a camel, go packing your suitcase … there are many ways to come.
To choose yours, we bring you a guide with all the alternatives that exist to travel to Morocco.
Let’s get down to business because the subject has a lot to deal with.
Is it possible to travel to Morocco at the moment?
During the last two years, the pandemic has made us quite dizzy every time we want to travel to Morocco from other countries in the world.
We dedicated a whole post to this thorny issue of traveling to Morocco in 2022 a few months ago; we are happy to say that our suspicions that it would be possible to do it with (new) normality have been fulfilled.
The only thing you should bear in mind, just in case, is that the Ceuta and Melilla crossings may be closed when you read this, although it is unlikely because the opening is scheduled for around May 15.
In any case, as we are convinced that all restrictions are going to end sooner rather than later, we will explain how to travel to Morocco by the three means: car, boat, and plane.
How to travel to Morocco?
How to get to Morocco will depend on your budget, available time, and your desire for adventure.
What is very clear is that, unless you take a plane, you will have to take a ferry to save those kilometers that separate the countries.
Let’s see what options you have.
Traveling to Morocco on your own
If you want to come on a road trip with your car or van to travel half the country, keep in mind that you will need, above all, time.
So you have to be realistic, there is a lot to see here, and less than three weeks is not enough time.
No matter how much you want to party, if you only have a week and want to visit the must-see places in Morocco, you have no choice but to forget about going in your vehicle and taking a plane.
On the other hand, if you have all the time in the world and want to make a great trip on your own, check which ferry suits you best, and you and your car will have a great time in Morocco.
Look for your ideal route, check your car, make sure your papers are in order, and head for Morocco.
And speaking of papers of the vehicle, the ones you have to carry are:
- Registration certificate or grey card. (The permit must be in the name of the driver. If it is a company car, a permit signed and stamped by the company is required.)
- International insurance certificate or green card.
In addition to your driver’s license, of course.
With this and a simple questionnaire that you will be asked to fill in, you and your car can move freely in the country. Note that this procedure can be done from home by downloading the “D16” form from the Moroccan customs website.
And what about the necessary documentation for people? We will talk about that later, which is a bit more complicated because of the coronavirus.
Travel to Morocco by plane
In general, the plane is the fastest and most comfortable way to travel, but in the case of countries like Spain or France, this is magnified because you can fly to Morocco non-stop and from the main airports of the peninsula in barely two hours.
In addition, there are fifteen international airports, including Fez and Marrakech, two of the preferred destinations for travelers.
If you have a clear idea of the route you want to take in Morocco, it would be best to fly to the closest point to the origin of your itinerary and, from there, start exploring the country.
This is how we do it in our tours; we pick up the travelers in Marrakech or Fez and start the way to the desert, passing by different must-see places of the country and giving a good taste of the Moroccan gastronomy, which is delicious.
For example, we have a route that leaves from Marrakech and goes through such emblematic places as the Kasbah Ait Ben Hadu, Ouarzazat -known as the Gateway to the Desert- or the Dades Valley before reaching Erg Chebbi, the largest desert in Morocco and where Kam Kam Dunes is located.
Now that we are clear about how to travel to Morocco, it’s time for some formalities.
Requirements for travel to Morocco
As we mentioned before, the COVID-19 has imposed a series of requirements on traveling to Morocco that must be fulfilled.
If you enter by plane, these are the documents you have to provide:
- Fill out a health form that you will be given on the plane if you have not brought it with you after downloading it from the Moroccan National Airports Office website.
- Your vaccination certificate,
- Negative PCR test done within 48 hours before boarding.
On the other hand, you must provide the same except for the vaccination certificate if you enter by sea. If you do not have this “COVID passport,” you must present a negative PCR test done less than 72 hours before embarkation.
What about vaccinations other than those for coronavirus? There are none mandatory, but immunization against tuberculosis and Hepatitis A are recommended.
Apart from these health requirements, you only need to have a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months to travel to Morocco.
Just in case you have any doubts, we confirm that this means that Spanish citizens, for example, do not need a visa to enter the country; with just your passport, you can stay here for up to three months, which is the maximum stay allowed for tourists. However, everyone should check the visa regulations of their own country.
As you can see, it is very easy to travel to Morocco. With this in mind, all that remains is to plan your Moroccan adventure, which is an authentic destination and, above all, with soul.
And if you still can’t make up your mind, write us an email or arrange a video call, and we will design your ideal trip with a happy ending in the desert. 😉