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 Morocco - Formalities

Clearance

It is advisable to call the port via VHF and request permission to enter. Fly the Q flag and a Moroccan courtesy flag. This is a must and a real door opener.

All crew members, including the captain, are supposed to remain on board until formalities have been completed, but in practice the captain may have to go ashore to look for the officials in order to report the yacht's arrival and request clearance.

First report to Customs, who will require an inventory and a crew list. Customs often keep the ship's papers until departure. An entry declaration must be filled in at the Capitainerie office (Port Captain's office).

Speaking French is very helpful as it makes formalities much easier. also, having a ship's stamp (or any other stamp) is very useful as you have to fill in the same papers as a cargo ship.

Health control is done by Santé Maritime and a complete maritime health declaration must be made. One must also clear with Immigration, who often keep passports until departure and will issue a shore pass. Crew lists are also useful; the list should also contain their occupation.

Yachts must check in with the port captain and police at each port visited. Occasionally photographs may be taken of the boat and crew by officials.

Last updated March 2013.

Immigration

Passports must be valid for at least 6 months on entry to Morocco. Note that if "popping" across from Gibraltar for the day, a passport is required to go ashore (EU identity cards will not suffice).

Citizens of the following countries do not need visas for stays of up to 90 days:-

The EU, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia,  Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Congo (Brazaville), Guinea (Conakry), Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Mali, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore (for stays of one month), South Korea, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Venezuela.

All others require visas, which should be obtained in advance. There are convenient Moroccan representatives in Malaga and Tunis. (Immigration regulations are liable to vary and the latest situation should be checked.)

A three months' stay is normally given. However, for short stays or emergency stops, even nationals of countries that need visas will be allowed to arrive without one.

Visas allow up to 90 days' stay with two entries. Extensions can be obtained from the local police, but one needs a letter of recommendation from one's own embassy.

People may be refused entry if their passport has an Israeli stamp in it. Israeli nationals have been refused entry.

Last updated March 2013.

Customs

Firearms must be declared on arrival and will be either sealed on board or kept in custody until departure. The penalty for non-declaration of firearms is decided by a military tribunal.

Although freely available and tolerated in the local population, the penalty for a foreigner caught with Haschisch/Marihuana is severe.

A yacht may remain in Morocco for a temporary importation period of three months. Extensions are possible, but the yacht then may become eligible for duty.

Last updated March 2013.

Health

Hepatitis both A & B, polio, rabies, tetanus and typhoid inoculations recommended. There are enough stray dogs in the cities to make rabies a real threat.

Bottled water only should be drunk.

Local hospitals are best utilized only for emergencies, as ancillary care (nursing and other services) tend to be of a lesser standard than in European countries.

Hospitals

Marrakech
Hospital IBN Tofail
Guéliz, Marrakech
Tél: +212 44 44 80 11 (in country: 044 44 80 11)

Fes
Hospital Al Ghassani / Dar Dbibegh
Tél: +212 55 62 27 76/77/76

Casablanca
Hospital IBN Rochd / Casablanca-Anfa
Tel +212 22 26 51 02

Rabat
Hospital IBN Sina / Rabat- Agdal

Fees

Overtime is charged outside of office hours (0800-1800) on weekdays, all day Sunday and public holidays.

Port charges and pilotage fee if over 50 tons.

Restrictions

There are areas prohibited to yachts and these are mentioned in the Notices to Mariners. If in doubt, one should check with the port captain before leaving for the next port, particularly in the south of the country.

Travel south of Tan Tan into the Western Sahara needs special permission from the military authorities.

It is against the law to carry bibles in Arabic, to attempt to distribute any non-Muslim/evangelical literature or be involved in any such activity.

Local Customs

This is a muslim country and Islamic law must be respected. Sensitivity regarding standards of dress should be observed.  Women should dress conservatively and men must not wear shorts or go shirtless in public. During the month of Ramadan, one should not eat, drink or smoke in public.

Take care not to photograph any offical buildings or people (without permission).

Pets

Cats and dogs must be accompanied by veterinarian good health certificate issued at point of origin.

Birds of all kinds can be imported without any documents.

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cbgme
cbgme says:
Dec 18, 2013 03:19 PM

Casablanca and Mohammedia - Visit November 2013
We arrived at night in windy conditions from the Algarve. Wanting to enter a port you can't miss we chose Casablanca. The port entrance was hard to find, the light was out of order, nobody on CH 16. We docked on an empty floating pier where the marina is being constructed - next to the old part of town. In the morning we were told this was not allowed, there was no other place in the port for yachts, and we were sent to
Mohammedia (12 nm). Mohammedia is safe to enter (port entrance light out of order too), visiting yachts are welcome in the small marina, but there are few places for boats with 2m draft. A good place to leave the boat for land trips.
"Blue Swing", Canadian.

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