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Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with a bicameral Parliament and independent judiciary; however, ultimate authority rests with the king. The population is estimated to be 33 million. While Morocco has a developing economy, modern tourist facilities and means of transportation are widely available, though the quality may vary depending on price and location. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Morocco for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Morrocco
Continent: Africa
Capital City: Rabat
Boundary Countries: Algeria, Western Sahara, Spain
Recommended Hospitals in Capital: Agadir: Hopital Hassan Il d'Agadir
Casablanca: Clinique Al Farabi, Clinique Badr, Clinique Yasmine
Fes: Clinique Ryad
Marrakech: Polyclinique Du Sud
Menkes: Polyclinique Cornette De St. Cyr
Rabat: Clinique Les Orangers
Tangier: Clinique Assalam
Tetouan: Hospital Civil
Main Cities: Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier, Fes, Agadir, Tetouan, Menkes
Country Size: 446,550 sq km
Population: 33,241,259

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Arabic (official), Berber dialects, French often the language of business, government, and diplomacy

Currency: Morrocan Dirham (MAD)
Predominant Religions:

Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2%

National Holidays: Throne Day (accession of King MOHAMED VI to the throne), 30 July (1999)
Economic Status:

Morrocco has a developing economy, and modern tourist facilities and means of transportation are widely available.

Security:

Royal Armed Forces (Forces Armees Royales, FAR): Royal Morroccan Army (includes Air Defense), Navy (includes Marines), Royal Moroccan Air Forces (Force Aerienne Royale Marocaine)

US Presence:

The US Embassy is located at 2 Avenue de Marrakech in Rabat, tel (212)(37) 76-22-65. The workweek is Monday to Friday; however, the Consulate is closed to the public on Fridays for all consular services with the exception of emergency services for American citizens. The consular section's American Citizens Services hotline is (212)(22)-26-71-51. For emergency services after-hours, please call the Duty Officer at (212)(61)17-23-67 for Casablanca and (212)(61)-13-19-39 for Rabat. Please visit http://www.usembassy.ma for information on services offered by the US Embassy in Rabat and http://casablanca.usconsulate.gov for information on all consular services and other assistance offered at the US Consulate General in Casablanca.

Document Requirements: Travelers to Morocco must have a valid passport. Visas are not required for American tourists traveling to Morocco for fewer than 90 days. For visits of more than 90 days, Americans are required to apply for an extension of stay (providing a reason for the extension). No vaccinations are required to enter Morocco. Travelers who plan to reside in Morocco must obtain a residence permit. A residence permit may be requested and obtained from immigration authorities (Service Etranger) at the central police station of the district of residence. U.S. citizens are encouraged to carry a copy of their U.S. passports with them at all times, so that, if questioned by local officials, proof of identity and U.S. citizenship is readily available. Children born to a Moroccan father may experience difficulty in leaving Morocco without the father's permission. Under Moroccan law, these children are considered Moroccan citizens. Even if the children bear U.S. passports, immigration officials may require proof that the father has approved their departure before the children will be allowed to leave Morocco. Although women, regardless of their nationality, are normally granted custody of their children in divorces, the father must approve the children's departure from Morocco. American women married to Moroccans do not need their spouse's permission to leave Morocco. For further information on entry/exit requirements for Morocco, please contact the Embassy of Morocco at 1601 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009, telephone (202) 462-7979 to 82, fax 202-462-7643, or the Moroccan Consulate General in New York at 10 E. 40th Street, New York, NY 10016, telephone (212) 758-2625, fax 212-779-7441. Visit the Embassy of Morocco web site for the most current visa information. Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.
Major Airports:

Airports: 26
Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport (CMN/GMMN)
Casablanca Airport, Morocco, BP 81081, Office National des Aearoports, Oasis, Casablanca, MOROCCO
Tel: +212 22 53.90.40
Fax: +212 22 53.90.51
Website: www.onda.org.ma
Customs, hours: 24 hours
Tel: +212 22 53.90.64/5

Marrakech – Menara International Airport (RAK/GMMX)
Marrakech Airport, Morocco, BP 13201, Marrakech, MOROCCO
Tel: +212 44 44.79.10
Fax: +212 44 44.92.19
Website:  www.onda.org.ma
Customs, hours: 24 hours
Tel: +212 44 43.03.57

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

A series of terrorist bombings took place in Casablanca on May 16, 2003. Although US Government facilities were not the target of the Casablanca attacks (and no Americans were killed or injured), the potential for violence against American interests and citizens remains high in Morocco. Establishments that are readily identifiable with the US are potential targets for attacks. Avoid demonstrations if at all possible. If caught in a demonstration, remain calm and move away immediately when provided the opportunity. Crime in Morocco is a serious concern, particularly in the major cities and tourist areas. Aggressive panhandling, pick pocketing, purse snatching, theft from vehicles and harassment of women are the most frequently reported crimes. It is always best to have a travel companion and utilize taxis from point to point, particularly at night and when moving about unfamiliar areas. Women walking alone in certain areas of cities and rural areas are particularly vulnerable to harassment from men.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  42.24 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL  70.94  (male 68.62/female 73.37)

Immunization Indicators:

Required:  None

Recommended:  Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid
Boosters:  MMR, DPT, poliovirus

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Malaria risk: Morocco (including Western Sahara): Limited risk in rural areas of Chefchaouen Province. The cities of Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, and Fes do not have risk.
Food and waterborne diseases are the primary cause of illness in travelers. Travelers’ diarrhea can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites, which are found throughout North Africa and can contaminate food or water. Infections may cause diarrhea and vomiting (E. coli, Salmonella, cholera, and parasites), fever (typhoid fever and toxoplasmosis), or liver damage ( hepatitis). Schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection, is found in fresh water in the region, including the Nile River.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Adequate medical care is available in Morocco's largest cities, particularly in Rabat and Casablanca, although not all facilities meet high-quality standards.  Specialized care or treatment may not be available.  Medical facilities are adequate for non-emergency matters, particularly in the urban areas, but most medical staff will have limited or no English skills.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 4
Referrals: 91
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Dengue, filariasis, leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis (river blindness) are other diseases carried by insects that also occur in this region.
Other infections that tend to occur more often in longer-term travelers (or immigrants from the region) include tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C (prevalence > 15% in Egypt).

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +212

Internet Country Code:  .ma

 



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