Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Two-pin round
plugs are in use.
Arabic is the official language, but eight other
languages are also spoken including Berber, French and Spanish.
English is generally understood in the tourist areas, but French is
the most widely spoken.
A tip of 10 to 15% is expected in the more expensive bars and
restaurants, though some establishments include a service charge.
Most services are performed with the aim of getting a few dirham,
but aggressive hustling shouldn't be rewarded. Visitors should note
that tips are the only income for some porters and guides.
Violent crime is not a major problem in Morocco, but there have
been some incidents of theft at knifepoint in major cities and on
beaches. Sensible precautions such as avoiding badly lit streets at
night should be adhered to. Guides offering their services should
display an official badge from the local tourist authorities. Most
visits to Morocco are trouble-free; however, terrorist attacks have
occurred in the past and there is a general threat of kidnappings
in northern Africa, so visitors are advised to be vigilant. Be sure
to check with your travel agent or tour advisor about the current
political situation in Morocco before finalising your travel plans
- the area is potentially volatile, and political demonstrations
(although they are mostly peaceful) are not the kind of memory you
want to take with you from Morocco.
Morocco is a Muslim country and it is preferable to keep the
wearing of swimsuits, shorts and other revealing clothing to the
beach or hotel poolside. Women travelling alone will receive less
hassle if dressed conservatively. Smoking is practised widely, and
it is customary to offer cigarettes in social situations. Religious
customs should be respected, particularly during the month of
Ramadan when eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours
should be discreet as it is forbidd