The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD), which is made up of 100 Centimes. The most important thing you need to know is that the Dirham is non-convertible, which means you can’t bring it into or out of Morocco. So make sure you don’t have any cash left over when you’re travelling back.
There’s no limit on the amount of foreign cash you can bring into the country with you. But please bear in mind that you won’t be able to exchange Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes. It’s also difficult to exchange travellers’ cheques here.
How do I get Moroccan currency?
Moroccan dirhams aren’t available outside of the country, and that means you won’t be able to pick any up before you head off on your trip. You’ll need to take British pounds along with you, and exchange them when you arrive.
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, you should look for a rate of around 12.5 dirhams to £1. Remember to keep hold of your receipt, as you may need to convert your dirhams back when you leave the country. Alternatively, you could withdraw your Moroccan currency directly from ATM machines. Credit cards are accepted in bigger towns and cities, but you may have to pay a surcharge to use them.
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. Find out more about how it works below.
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. If you have any questions about how it works in Morocco, feel free to ask one our advisers.
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.