Safety and security
Regional developments have the potential to trigger popular unrest in Morocco. Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser. And avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational.
There is a high risk of terrorism in Morocco which may target places popular with tourists such as hotels, bars and beaches. You should be extremely vigilant during your stay.
Most visitors find Morocco relatively trouble free. However, you should take the usual, sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
- Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
- Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés,train and bus stations.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Morocco, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Lisbon if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Morocco, you should be extremely careful. Morocco has a poor road safety record, and you should stay well within speed limits. If you want to drive:
- Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
- Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
If you’re visiting Agadir’s resorts, be aware of the often dangerous rip currents in the sea off the main resort.
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