As soon as you arrived from the country, many of you wrote to us asking if traveling to Morocco is safe. Although we have been answering you little by little, we have thought it appropriate to make a post telling our impressions and giving a few tips that will surely be useful if you plan to travel to Morocco.
First of all, we want to make it clear to you that Morocco is one of the safest countries in Africa , so there is no need to be afraid. There are many beautiful places to see in Morocco that we encourage you to discover .
Of course, before traveling to Morocco it is very important that you understand that its culture is very different from ours. In this post we analyze if traveling to Morocco is safe , counting the pros and cons of the country from the point of view of two visitors.
Another aspect to take into account is the climatic differences throughout the year, the heat can become overwhelming! We tell you which is the best month to travel to Morocco .
In any case, it is essential to take out travel insurance before arriving in Morocco . You will have assistance in Spanish for all kinds of unforeseen events that can ruin your trip.
For example, they offer coverage for accidents that require medical attention, loss of luggage or transport delays. We travel with Iati and offer you a 5% discount on all your travel insurance .
IS TRAVELING TO MOROCCO SAFE? IMPRESSIONS AND TIPS
1. Journalists are not welcome and that is a bad sign
We have grown up in Europe, in the cradle of freedom. Our first contact with Morocco was not positive . As soon as we arrived at the airport, they made us fill out an immigration form and six police officers held Albert for about 15 minutes.
Why? For being a journalist . In this post we are not going to analyze the state of journalism, but we understand journalism as a vital element for our society.
They asked him many questions and in the end they let him in. We were lucky because we read that many journalists who came on vacation were denied entry, or a few days later they were sent home again.
In the end Albert explained to them that he was a travel journalist and they let him in , although we had a scare in our bodies the whole trip. What’s more, everyone warned us not to tell anyone that we were journalists.
We investigated thoroughly and they told us that they do not accept foreign journalists because they do not want them to report on some problems in the country.
We believe that reality should never be hidden, so aside from being journalists, we do not agree with these measures at all.
That only means that those of us who live abroad only know what is positive about the country and not reality. Traveling to Morocco is safe, yes, but we didn’t like this kind of thing. 3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes.
2. An oasis in the political instability of North Africa
Morocco is the safest country in North Africa , where great political instability reigns. Some of the most touristic countries in the world, such as Tunisia.
Also, Egypt, have been affected by this instability and have lost more than 80% of their income from tourism. This has ended up benefiting Morocco, which has grown as a tourist destination.
The country has its problems, especially in the Rif, but far from the tourist areas. So it is a very stable country politically. 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert.
3. Terrorism: is it a threat?
Unfortunately, in no corner of the world can you be safe from terrorist acts. Since 2014, the Rabat authorities have considered that there is a high risk of an attack, especially against Western interests.
The last one was in the Jamaa El Fna Square in Marrakech in 2011 , where 17 people died. Aside from this, the Moroccan police are doing a great job and have dismantled many terrorist cells. So we cannot say that it is more or less safe than many countries in Europe .
4. Tourism means 6.5% of the country’s GDP
It can be said that traveling to Morocco is safe, in part, because tourism is of paramount importance in the country’s GDP. As we have said, the authorities are very attentive to guarantee security and avoid any problem with tourists.
4.1. In the big cities there are many plainclothes policemen.
To guarantee order, in cities like Marrakech, Fez or Rabat you will see many policemen. And others you will not see because they are dressed in civilian clothes. They do this to control, especially, the false guides who try to deceive you through the Medinas.
4.2. The penalties are quite harsh
The tourist cannot be touched. There are several cases where it is shown that the penalties for assaulting tourists are really harsh. Last year, two Moroccans were jailed for assaulting three German tourists in the Medina of Fez.
They each received 12 years in prison . They also told us that just for acting as a fake guide, you can spend up to 2 nights in jail.
4.3. Everyone on the street is a policeman
Although there are people for everything, Moroccans are delighted with tourism. So if you get robbed or have a problem, they will be the first to chase the thief .