When’s the best time to go?
A big part of our Morocco travel advice focuses on the weather, especially as it’s a big deciding factor on the best time to travel. The summer season is extremely hot, as you would expect from a country that bumps up against the Sahara Desert. July and August are the hottest months of the year when temperatures can rise up to 40°C. But it’s good to know that, if you’re heading to a coastal destination like Agadir or Essaouira, you’ll enjoy frequent sea breezes which can take the edge off the heat.
During spring and autumn, it’s still warm but much more manageable. Temperatures hover between 22°C and 28°C at this time of year, so the shoulder seasons are the right time to travel if you like things slightly cooler.
If you’re planning on sightseeing and exploring the souks, winter could be the best time to visit Morocco. Temperatures still rise into the low 20s and there are a few rain showers every now and again. Just remember to bring a jumper or jacket along with you; it can get pretty cool when the sun goes down.
What should I pack?
It’s best to check the temperature before you go, so you know exactly what kind of clothing you’ll need. Sun cream is absolutely essential to protect yourself from the strong sunshine, and you might like to bring a hat along, too.
Out of respect for local customs (Morocco is a Muslim country), make sure you take a headwrap or scarf with you, especially if you’re planning to visit any of the country’s stunning mosques and religious sites. It can also help protect you from the heat and keep you warm when it cools down.
Don’t bother packing jeans; they’ll be uncomfortable when you’re walking around in the hot weather. Loose-fitting cotton trousers are a much better option. If you’re a woman, you’ll also need to make sure you’re covered up if you’re visiting religious sites, so long skirts and maxi dresses can be a great idea, as well as being cool and comfortable.
Passports and Visas
Do I need a passport?
You’ll need a valid passport to travel to Morocco. Passports need to be valid for the full duration of your stay in the country. But, you don’t need any additional validity beyond this date.
In advance of your holiday to Morocco, you’ll need to check that your passport isn’t damaged or torn, as some travellers haven’t been allowed to enter the country with a damaged passport.
For more Morocco passport information, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re a British national with a UK passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Morocco, as long as you’re staying for less than three months. When you arrive in the country, make sure your passport is stamped because some tourists who haven’t, have had issues leaving the country.
For more Morocco visa information, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements.
Health and Safety
Do I need any vaccinations?
No vaccinations are required for travel to Morocco. But if you have any prescription medicines, you should bring them with you, along with a copy of your prescription.
Should I get travel health insurance?
It’s always advisable to have comprehensive travel and health insurance before booking holidays to Morocco. This should cover you for overseas medical expenses, such as medical repatriation and legal costs. Be sure to check exactly what’s included in your cover before you decide which insurance to buy. Plus, if you’re planning on doing any activities while you’re away, make sure you’re covered for those too, especially any extreme sports like diving.
Any other tips?
- It can be very hot in Morocco, so make sure you drink plenty of water. It’s important to wear sun cream, too, and wear a hat to protect yourself. Don’t underestimate the strength of the sun, especially at midday.
- If you’re driving in the sand dunes, be aware that you could experience motion sickness, so it’s best to keep sea sickness tablets on you.
- Remember, Morocco is a Muslim country that follows Islamic laws and customs. It’s important to respect these at all times.
For more information and Morocco travel advice, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco.