Marrakech - General Information
Time zone: GMT 0
Currency: The monetary unit of Morocco is DIRHAM
Official language: Arabic, but French is spoken everywhere in the country
Electricity: 220V at 50Hz AC as standard, however 110V can still be found in older buildings. Check before you use them. The standard round European two pin plugs are most commonly used.
International dialing code: + 212
Passports and Visas: In order to enter Morocco, you must own a valid passport with at least six months remaining. All British citizens, no matter how young, must have their own passport. A Visa is a stamp in your passport, or a separate piece of paper, officially stamped, indicating how long you are permitted to stay in the country for a permitted length of time. Most visitors to Morocco do not need them and are allowed to remain for up to 90 days on entry. The exceptions are nationals of Israel, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Immunisation: Morocco is a relatively safe country and vaccinations are not legally required for entry and most visitors especially those intending to make a short stay do not obtain specific immunisation. It is wise however to take precautions, as Morocco is a hot third world country and the health risks are undoubtedly greater than visiting a European country. We therefore suggest you ask for advice from your local Doctor regarding appropriate vaccinations. Make sure to leave sufficient time before your departure as vaccinations may be multiple. Do carry your certificates with you at all times.
Climate: Along the Mediterranean, Morocco has a subtropical climate, tempered by oceanic influences that give the coastal cities moderate temperatures. Toward the interior, winters are colder and summers warmer. At high altitudes temperatures of less than -17.8° C (0° F) are not uncommon and mountain peaks are covered with snow during most of the year. Marrakech is beautiful all year round but temperatures in the Summer months, and particularly August, can be very high. Perhaps the most magical time to visit is in the late Spring. If you are visiting Morocco in the winter, do carry warm clothes as although the climate in Marrakesh is normally very mild it can also get very cold and Moroccan architecture is better suited to protect from the heat than the cold.