CORONAVIRUS TRAVELLER INFORMATION
Updated: 30th March 2020
We would like to reassure our travellers that we are doing all we can to provide options during these unprecedented times. We understand that many of you are concerned about travelling in the coming weeks and therefore, we are:
- Suspending all tours between now and 31 May 2020.
- And offering all passengers booked on a holiday with us between now and 30 June 2020, the flexibility to defer their holiday and travel anytime before 31 December 2021.
Holidays departing between now and 01 June 2020
If you have booked a group tour, private tour or tailor-made holiday departing between now and 01 June 2020, your holiday will not commence and we will credit your file with 100% of monies paid. You can then use this credit to travel on another holiday to any of our destinations before 31 December 2021.
Holidays departing between 01 July and 01 November 2020
If you have booked a group tour, private tour or tailor-made holiday departing between 01 July and 01 November 2020, you have the option to continue with your holiday as planned (if it is possible to do so) or you can defer your holiday and we will credit your file with 100% of monies paid. You can then use this credit to travel on another holiday to any of our destinations before 31 December 2021.
If deferring suits you best, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 01 June 2020 and we will rebook your holiday as requested.
It’s also OK if you don’t know yet when you would like to travel. We will hold your tour funds on file until you feel ready to re book. You can also transfer these funds to friends or family.
Holidays departing from 01 July 2020
It will be extremely difficult to predict the impact Coronavirus will be having on different areas of the world in the months ahead, however we will continue to monitor developments closely. On 01 June 2020, we will be in contact with all our passengers booked to travel after 01 July 2020, to update you of current conditions and if they may affect your planned holiday.
Are our tours suspended indefinitely?
At present we intend to operate tours departing from 01 June onward, if travel restrictions have been lifted and it is safe to do so. Due to the constantly evolving nature of the pandemic, we will continue to assess this on a month by month basis.
FCO TRAVEL ADVICE FOR CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
With the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) causing significant disruption to travel around the world, there are several travel restrictions which currently affect our tours and this is a rapidly evolving situation. We would like to reassure all of our travellers that we are doing all we can during these uncertain times and we recognize the anxiety caused by this global health crisis. We will contact all customers whose trips are affected by these changes as quickly as we can, but please bear with us as we deal with this unprecedented situation.
As a Moroccan-based company, we closely monitor and follow the advice as set out by the British Foreign Office (FCO). Please see our terms and conditions for more information on tour changes and cancellations.
As the situation is constantly changing please check the FCO website for the most up to date advice for the country you are visiting.
Morocco Travel, Small Group MOROCCO Holidays ?
Read Carefully Before you GO…
Morocco Travel most accurate and up to date Travel Information and recommendations.
Morocco has NO annoyances or serious health problems. Society is non-violent and the Arab Spring of 2011 was little more than public demonstration in a few large cities. The King of Morocco has had his recent constitutional change accepted by the people – June 2011 and so far it has been a success. Harassment to buy items in the market place is less these days – especially with guides present. Like everywhere, common sense with money. For up to date health information about Morocco, consult the WHO website and / or speak to a medical specialist that deals with travel to this region. Malaria and Corona Virus is not considered a risk in Morocco.
Visas are not required for US, Canadian, Commonwealth, British or European nationals. It is normal to receive a 3 month tourist visa upon entry with a passport containing a minimum of 6 months validity. Transport on our TOURS will be in the form of a private Toyota Land Cruisers & mini bus ( numbers pending). A certified ‘Drivers’ will conduct all driving. Our driving pace is careful so that we can enjoy the views and not feel anxious on the roads. Road conditions in Morocco are generally good. There are no technical 4×4 routes or steep mountain tracks on our journeys.
Refrain from drinking local water and use bottled water as it is widely sold. They cost about 75 cents to 1 dollar max per 1.5 litre bottle. Food and restaurant prepared food in our experience is clean and well cooked. Please respect dress code of locals – shorts / t-shirts are fine in the mountains and on beaches but not usually around mosques or holy centers / town centers and urban market places. Hotels and guest houses are clean and have private bathroom/showers and are designed for international group. See note below on accommodation types. Gifts for children and donations. Through our foundation, we appreciate any donations of this sort: Clothing (shoes, sweaters, warm clothes), school supplies, games, sport supplies and tools for Holidays to Morocco – Small Group Desert Tours programs. These items can be bought locally and are very inexpensive. We do not encourage giving money away nor sweets – additional donations to Premium Morocco Foundation are gladly accepted via our Marrakech office.
The list below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. It is not an exhaustive packing list. If you need further advice, please contact us or consult your nearest outdoor store.
WHAT TO BRING
In preparation for your Moroccan adventure, the following is a list of things to consider packing that will make your trip as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Pre-departure Morocco Travel Essentials
- Personal Identification – Drivers license, if planning to drive.
- Passport and Visa, if required
- Airline Tickets
- Credit Cards
- Currency – To exchange for Moroccan currency upon arrival. The Moroccan Dirham is not available to be exchanged outside of Morocco.
- Travel Insurance
- Health Documentation
- Emergency Contact Information
- Guidebooks and Maps
- Photocopies of Passport and Tickets – You can also scan these and email them to yourself.
Morocco Travel Medicines
While no shots are required to enter Morocco, it is recommended that you come prepared with a personal medical kit. Morocco does have French pharmacies widely available throughout the country for basic things such as cold medicine or over the counter medicine. Depending on your health condition, you may want to consult with your doctor before your trip. The climate in Morocco is diverse and different from what travelers are used to, so come prepared with the following:
- Antibiotic cream & disinfectant for scrapes and cuts
- Disposable antibacterial wipes or cleanser
- Motion sickness medicine
- Cold medicines: decongestant, antihistamine, cough syrup
- Aspirin, Tylenol, or other pain relievers
- Anti-diarrheal medication
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Insect repellent
- Iodine purifying tablets
- Re-hydration tablets
- Sunscreen – SPF 30 +
- Sunglasses, prescription glasses, contact lenses, and solution
Morocco Travel Toiletries
- Feminine hygiene products
- Hair brush
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Shaving cream and razor
- Tooth brush and tooth paste
Morocco Travel Clothing
- Conservative clothing is worn throughout Morocco (clothes should not be tight or revealing)
- Bathing suit – for beach resorts and hotels
- Brimmed hat, visor, or headscarf
- Light jacket or warm sweater for cooler months
- Travel footwear – broken in sneakers or hiking shoes, sandals, socks.
- During the summer months in Morocco travelers should be prepared for very hot weather. Loose, long-sleeved, lightweight clothing is advised, as well as sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat or headscarf. Bring sturdy sandals for walking or flip flops for the beach or hammam.
- In spring and fall Morocco has milder temperatures that can vary. Bring layers in case of cooler nights or chilly mornings. Spring in Morocco can also bring rain. An umbrella and light raincoat are recommended.
- Winter in Morocco is also relatively mild, but can be cold at night. A sweater and a light jacket during winter are essential. Winter is also the season that has the most rainfall, therefore make sure to bring waterproof shoes and a raincoat.
Morocco Travel Electronics List
- Camera and film – film is available in Morocco, but expensive.
- Video camera
- Extra batteries
- Chargers for electronics and electrical outlet adapters
- Travel alarm
- Small flashlight
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Do not forget your passport and check its validity. Some nationalities need to have a visa. Ask the Moroccan Consulate for information. A “tourist” visit is limited to three months. If you take your pet with you, obtain a health certificate no more than 10 days old, as well as an anti rabies certificate less than 6 months old.
The Moroccan currency is the Dirham (DH) divided into 100 centimes. There are 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 DH notes, 1, 5 and 10 DH coins and 5, 10, 20 and 50 centime coins. You can only obtain Dirhams in Morocco. Do not change money in the streets, it is illegal. The best place to change it is at a bank or approved change office (indicated by a golden sign). No commission is charged and you will be given a slip which will be required at the end of your stay to change any remaining Dirhams back into the original currency. You can withdraw money in banks with a credit card and a cheque book, or directly from a cash dispenser in some large towns. Credit cards are generally accepted in major hotels, shops and restaurants, and sometimes even in the souks!
Morocco is a safe country, however a certain number of minimal precautions should be taken, particularly in the south: avoid water from oueds (rivers) and itinerant water sellers. Refresh yourself with the excellent bottled spring water: Sidi Harazem, Imouzzer and Sidi Ali are still waters, while Oulmès is sparkling. If you are prone to intestinal problems, take an appropriate medicine with you. Make enquiries before swimming in a oued (river) or a lake. Take precautions against insect bites and sunburn. If necessary, tourist offices and major hotels can put you in touch with doctors who speak English, French or other languages.
220 volts in new buildings, 110 in older ones, sometimes both – make enquiries. Power points are of the French type. The frequency used is 50 Hz
220 Public telephones are available in major cities. Telexes,telegrams can be send from your hotel or through the main post office.
Morocco Travel Advice – Accommodation , Transport & Meals
We have carefully selected a range of suitable accommodation for you. All lodgings are located in areas that offer good access for our transport and are central to the main attractions of our visit. The hotels are also highly visited by incoming tour groups (opposed to budget local hotels or backpacker establishments), and the level of service and security is of high standard. we also use authentic luxurious hotels, far from tourists crowds and noise of the cities in local small villages offering the best quality of services, en suite rooms with swimming pool. Transport services are the same throughout and careful selection of vehicle type (modern tourist vehicles: Toyota Land Cruiser, Deluxe van, micro-buses with seatbelts), are normally used. We are careful to plan the driving portions in the middle of the day (not at night), and that our drivers are not stretched beyond legal limits or dangerously long hours (our longest drive is approximately 6 hours, with plenty of stops). Meals are prepared by our hotels, which are licensed under tourist classifications. In the desert, food is provided via the camp – which works consistently with international travel groups. Bottled water is recommended throughout and is widely available and inexpensive. Read more about Morocco Travel Advice on Morocco Tourism
MOROCCO TRAVEL ADVICE SAFETY & SECURITY
Morocco Premium Tours on, Holidays to Morocco – Small Group Desert Tours, is highly committed to ensuring the best measures of safety and security are attended to throughout Marrakech Tour and Excursion, and travel of this nature in Morocco. We keep a close watch on our vehicles, drivers, hotels and regions of travel. In 12 years of operations leading school groups and expeditions with corporate clients, tour operator services and international charity events, we have had NO serious incidents outside of mild travel illness. In the event of any health issue, emergency or illness. Premium Morocco relies on a network of private professional medical centers (where accessible), and this detail is outlined in our EMERGENCY CONTINGENCY PLAN. However, at the same time on must accept that travelling in the remote developing world can be restrictive in terms of what level of care is always available. We are committed to doing our best in response to what emergency may occur. IT IS OBLIGATORY THAT PARTICIPANTS HAVE FULL TRAVEL INSURANCE WITH EXPATRIATION ON Holidays to Morocco – Morocco Travel Advice OF EMERGENCIES OR ILLNESS.
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Avoid the cheap, low budget Tour operators; they are downright unprofessional.
Low budget operators often do everything poorly. Here are the main reasons why low budget operators are a bad idea:
Drivers, Hotels, Restaurants and Transport. When you travel with a budget operator, you are directly contributing to the exploitation of the poorest people – the drivers, waiters. There are NO low budget companies that respect the wage recommendations. Budget companies are able to offer low priced tours because they do not pay their crews an honest wage. Quality Marrakech Tour and Excursion operators do not compromise the welfare of their staff in order to sell a tour. The best Morocco Tours companies pay the highest wages and are members of MOROCCO TOURISM. Read more about drivers mistreatment on cheap Morocco Tours, Travel Morocco, Vacation to Marrakech.
Inferior Guides, The most important factor in the safety and success of Travel Morocco, Vacation to Marrakech is the knowledge and skill of your guide. However, low budget operators often hire freelance guides with little experience, poor English language ability, and no medical training. The competence of a guide is not always obvious until a crisis emerges, but by then it is too late. Quality guides do not work for the low budget operators. Quality guides do not wait around for clients to walk in, hoping for some work. Quality guides are hired full time by the top operators and are busy leading groups on scheduled tours, week after week.
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