Morocco is well known for its beautiful places full of history and culture, in addition to the wonderful beaches on both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. For you to visit Morocco, you will need to first obtain a visa before you set off.
Morocco is one of the most friendly and open Muslim countries in North Africa and as such allows for visa-free entry by citizens of many countries including the entire European Union.
In this article, we'll look at the visa requirements for Morocco, the list of exempted nationalities, and some other important things to keep in mind before taking your trip.
Morocco Visa Requirements.
- Completed and signed Morocco Visa Application form
- Your passport with at least 6 months of validity beyond your intended stay
- Recent passport-size photographs
- Proof of accommodation
- Return/onward flight ticket
- Proof of sufficient funds
- Travel Health Insurance
- Invitation from a resident of Morocco, or known local Tour Company
- Visa fee payment
Morocco Visa Process.
The process of getting a Moroccan visa is quite physical. You have to prepare all the requirements and handover physical copies to the nearby embassy or consulate for the processing which could take not more than 2 weeks.
You should get the address and contact of the nearby embassy and schedule an appointment or a call where you can get the best clarification for all the requirements and timelines. If there is no nearby or easily reachable embassy, you can reach out to the Moroccan Ministry in charge of immigration for further guidelines.
The Official Government website for Morocco Consular services is the best place for you to find your nearest Moroccan Embassy along with the necessary contacts and addresses.
After receiving your visa, you will be able to travel to Morocco. If you need to extend your stay while already in Morocco, just visit the nearby police station and this part will be easy.
Morocco Visa Fees.
As you prepare to get your Morocco visa, you should prepare the following fees - depending on how many entries your trip entails. Please note that the exchange rates and actual fees could change and so you should consult the government offices to get confirmation.
|#||VISA ENTRY||DAYS ALLOWED||COST (DH)||COST (USD APPROX)|
|1||Single Entry Visa||90 Days||DH220||approx. $23|
|2||Double Entry Visa||90 Days||DH330||approx. $34|
Morocco Visa Exemption
Morocco Visa exemption map. Credit: Wikipedia
Morocco exempts visas for a lot of countries whose citizens can enter the country without needing to obtain a visa. Morocco also allows some diplomatic, service, and official passports of other countries to enter without requiring a visa.
|All European Union||Hong Kong||Monaco||Saudi Arabia|
|Argentina||Ivory Coast||Norway||South Korea|
|Canada||Macau||Qatar||United Arab Emirates|
|China||Maldives||San Marino||United States of America|
Diplomatic And Official/Service Passport
Citizens of the following countries can enter Morocco as long as their passports are indicated as either Diplomatic, Official, Service or Special passports. You should however check to make sure that your EXACT passport type offers exemption since not all the countries have the same exemptions.
|Azerbaijan||Egypt||Kyrgyzstan||Sao Tome & Principe|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Equatorial Guinea||Libya||Sierra Leone|
Electronic Travel Authorization
Citizens of the following countries can apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) online from anywhere in the world. The obtained ETA will allow the person entry into Morocco.
- Republic of the Congo
Here are some things to know if you happen to be traveling with children under the age of 18 years.
- Visa is not required for children aged 17 and under who are born of one or more Moroccan Parent(s). This has to be indicated on the passport though.
- If the children are not traveling with their parent(s), a signed affidavit granting temporary guardianship is required.
- Visa processing fees are non-refundable.
- Possession of a visa/ETA is not the final authority to entering the Country.
- Morocco doesn't allow obtaining of visa on arrival, so get one beforehand.
- Check with the official government sources because exemption lists can change anytime without prior notice.
- You cannot change your visa type (e.g from tourist to work) once you have already arrived in Morocco.
As the visa process and requirements for Morocco are quite physical, your planning has to start early such that you can be able to get your visa before your flight. The upside of that is that many countries are allowed visa-free entry into Morocco and processing your visa won't take very long.
Morocco is one of the countries that require travel health insurance. While this might not always be enforced, you are advised to get a plan beforehand.
At the time of publishing - and updating this article, we always make sure that all the information is correct but we advise you to check with the official government channels for the latest information. This is because visa terms and policies can always change without prior information from the government of The Kingdom of Morocco.
Finally, we hope this article gives you the information you need as you plan a visit to Morocco - which is a wonderful and worthwhile experience.