Travel to Morocco warnings
Entry and exit
When entering Morocco, make sure your passport is stamped. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp.
Make sure your passport has at least six months validity from your planned date of return to Australia.
There is a possibility of terrorist attacks in Morocco. Australians could be caught up in attacks directed at others. Terrorist attacks have occurred in Morocco in places frequented by tourists in the past.
In July 2014 Moroccan authorities warned of an increased threat linked to a number of Moroccans belonging to international terrorist organisations operating in Syria and Iraq.
Moroccan security forces have arrested people for allegedly planning attacks against Moroccan Government interests and tourist sites.
In planning your activities, consider the kind of places known to be terrorist targets and the level of security provided. These include places frequented by foreigners such as hotels, clubs, restaurants, bars, schools, embassies, places of worship, outdoor recreation events, markets, transport, cinemas and tourist areas. Targets may also include casinos, venues where alcohol is served or consumed and places and institutions associated with Western interests.
There is a general threat of kidnapping against Westerners in North Africa. You should maintain a high level of vigilance at all times when travelling in southern and border areas of Morocco. You should also avoid hiking alone in remote mountain areas. For more information about kidnapping, see our Kidnapping threat bulletin.
The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it does not make payments or concessions to kidnappers. The Australian Government considers that paying a ransom increases the risk of further kidnappings, including of other Australians. If you do decide to travel to an area where there is a particular threat of kidnapping, you should seek professional security advice and have effective personal security measures in place. See our Kidnapping threat travel bulletin.
Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and bag snatching, is common. There have also been isolated incidents of violent crime, including theft at knifepoint. Valuables, including your passport, should be kept out of sight, and you should exercise vigilance in public places.
Travellers have been mugged when walking on deserted beaches and poorly lit streets at night.
Try to avoid using ATMs on the street and be aware of your surroundings. Aggressive begging near ATMs is frequent and robberies have occurred.
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