The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan dirham (MAD), which is made up of 100 centimes. But if you’ve gone online to try to convert your British pounds to Moroccan dirham, you won’t have got far. That’s because the dirham is non-convertible, which means you can’t bring it in or out of Morocco.
Instead, if you want to use cash in Morocco, you’ll need to bring money with you and exchange it once you arrive. Alternatively, you could withdraw your Moroccan currency directly from ATM machines using your UK debit card, though watch out for charges that your bank may make for this service.
Credit cards are accepted in certain stores and restaurants in bigger towns and cities, but you may have to pay a surcharge to use them. You can also use the Thomas Cook Cash Passport to safely withdraw your Moroccan currency directly from local ATMs in Euros, and then convert it at a Bureau de Change or bank.
Converting Pounds to Moroccan Dirham
There’s no limit on the amount of foreign cash you can bring into Morocco with you. You’ll be able to exchange British pounds here no problem, as well as Euros. But please bear in mind that you won’t be able to exchange Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes. It can also be difficult to exchange travellers’ cheques here.
Converting Moroccan Dirham to Pounds
As you can’t take Moroccan dirhams out of the country, you’ll need to spend any cash you have, or convert it back before you leave. To save currency conversion fees, try to plan your spending ahead and make sure you don’t have any cash left over when you’re travelling home. Using the Thomas Cook Cash Passport means you only withdraw cash as you need it when you are away, so you shouldn’t be left with lots of notes or coins in your pocket.
How do I get Moroccan currency?
You can exchange your money at the airport, but you’re more likely to get a better rate in town, either at hotels or the Bureau de Change. Remember to keep hold of your receipt, as you may need to convert your dirhams back when you leave the country.
If you don’t want to carry lots of cash with you, you could always take a Thomas Cook Cash Passport with you. All you need to do is load it up with British pounds and it’ll convert the total to dirhams as soon as you start using it in Morocco.
What is the Thomas Cook Cash Passport?
Thomas Cook Cash Passport makes getting Morocco currency straightforward; it’s a pre-paid travel money card that you take away on holiday with you. With this handy card, you won’t need to carry around lots of cash with you, and it can also be a cheaper and safer alternative to using your own debit or credit card abroad.
To get started, just pre-load your card with a minimum £50 and use it as you would your normal payment card, it’s chip-and-pin protected. Plus, you can add more cash to it whenever and wherever you want, online, in-store, over the phone, by bank transfer or via the app.