Morocco - Formalities
Entry to the country must be made at an official Port of Entry. When traveling port-to-port in Morocco, cruisers must clear out and then back in at each port. Anchoring between (official) ports is currently not permitted.
An official list of ports can be found here: Agence Nationale des Ports.
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. (Also ensure the flag is flown right-side up.)
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. It is also necessary to clear with Immigration, who may 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 April 2017.
Upon entry, passports must be valid for at least the duration of stay (or duration of visa).
Even on a short visit across by EU citizen from Gibraltar, a passport is required to go ashore.
Cruisers with excessively tattered or damage passports have been refused entry.
Citizens of the following countries do not need visas for stays of up to 90 days: Algeria - Andorra - Argentina - Australia - Austria - Bahrain - Belgium - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - Chile - Congo (Brazaville) - Croatia - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Gabon - Germany - Great Britain - Greece - Guinea (Conakry) - Hong Kong - Hungary - Iceland - Indonesia - Ireland - Italy - Ivory Coast - Japan - Kuwait - Latvia - Liechtenstein - Lithuania - Luxemburg - Mali - Malta - Mexico - Monaco - Netherlands - New Zealand - Niger - Norway - Oman - Peru - Philippines - Poland - Portugal - Puerto Rico - Qatar - Romania - Russian Federation - Saudi Arabia - Senegal - Singapore (can stay one month without visa) - Slovakia - Slovenia - South Korea - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Tunisia - Turkey - United Arab Emirates - United States of America - 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.
If arriving by private yacht, it is absolutely required to clear in and out of each port. Also, each port visited must be an official port of entry: cruisers have reported that anchoring is not allowed except with specific permission and landing while anchored (via dingy) may not be permitted except with specific permission.
Last updated April 2017.
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.
Knives carried for personal protection are illegal in Morocco. Knives or large cutting blades (machete, etc) may raise concern with Customs. They will rarely be confiscated or sealed, but they may not be used or carried off the boat.
Although freely available and tolerated in the local population, the penalty for a foreigner caught with haschisch (marijuana) 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 April 2017.
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. Some cruisers have reported no problems pre-filtering and chemically treating their tanks, but do so at your own risk.
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.
Hospital IBN Tofail
Tél: +212 44 44 80 11 (in country: 044 44 80 11)
Hospital Al Ghassani / Dar Dbibegh
Tél: +212 55 62 27 76/77/76
Hospital IBN Rochd / Casablanca-Anfa
Tel +212 22 26 51 02
Hospital IBN Sina / Rabat- Agdal
There are no fees for clearance.
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.
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.
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).
Cats and dogs must be accompanied by veterinarian good health certificate issued at point of origin.
Rabies is present in Morocco. Traveling to and from some European countries may result in quarantine.
Birds of all kinds can be imported without any documents.