Travel insurance for Morocco
It’s probably been a few years since Morocco has no memories of Casablanca, but its romanticism has certainly not disappeared. Instead of the iconic coastal city, the images that come to mind are those of Marrakech and its spicy souks, its unique architecture and its ancient mystery.
A gateway between Europe and Africa, Morocco has a diverse and vibrant culture that attracts Britons for long holidays, city breaks and even day trips to southern Spain. Whichever formula you choose, make sure you have good travel insurance.
Health care for Britons in Morocco
Anyone travelling to Morocco is advised to have good travel medical insurance to help pay for the problem. It is important to visit your doctor two months before your departure to ensure that you have received all the necessary vaccines, including those of your own.
If you have pre-existing health problems, it is essential that you talk about them in your travel insurance application.
Morocco has public and private hospitals. If you have any health problems, seek advice from a doctor who can tell you if such a trip is advisable. This is important information to know before departure. The dial-in number for an ambulance is 150.
Much of the country is inhospitable ground – from mountains to desert – and, as a result, medical facilities outside towns and villages can be scarce. It is important to know where the nearest medical centre is if you know you are going to spend time away from urban areas.
The number of emergency services in Morocco is the 150.
Risks of travel to Morocco
The type of travel risks associated with Morocco is common to many countries, especially those with populated and poorer-than-average cosmopolitan areas. Be vigilant against street crimes such as pickpocketing, pickpocketing, moped theft, sale of counterfeit or poor quality goods, distraction techniques and assaults.
There are a few simple rules to follow to guard against scams and street crime. If you visit one of Morocco’s many beautiful beaches, take steps to protect your valuables.
It is not advisable to carry important documents such as your passport, valuables and cash in excessive quantities in Morocco. If you have to, try wearing a ticket belt under your clothes, making life difficult for potential pickpockets.
Terrorist groups are known to operate in Morocco, and it is possible that the attacks target tourist areas. This has led to an increased presence of security personnel in high-traffic areas as well as in places with a larger tourist population.
If you are a victim of a crime, you should report it immediately to the police. If you then wish to apply for a refund of your travel insurance for lost or stolen items, you will need to make a police report.
Morocco has a colourful history including Berber, Arab, French, Spanish and more broadly European influences. Its culture blends the values of its different heritages in a way that makes it truly unique and makes it an exciting place to visit.
As a Muslim country, there are different social restrictions than we are used to in the United Kingdom. Respect local laws and customs regarding propriety and behaviour, such as not demonstrating affection in public and dressing with respect, especially during religious holidays and near holy places.
Sex outside marriage is illegal in Morocco, and unmarried couples may be asked to sleep in separate rooms by their hotel (or be asked for proof of their marriage). In designated tourist sites or highly touristy areas, this problem is likely to be less important. Homosexuality is also illegal. For more information, visit the website of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, which opens in a new window.
During Ramadan, be sensitive to the time and place where you eat. It may be offensive to eat and drink in front of those who are fasting, but for many it is perfectly acceptable for non-Muslims to eat and drink normally. It is best to exercise caution.
Alcohol is permitted in licensed premises such as restaurants, hotels and bars, but alcohol consumption in other settings may result in arrest. The perceived dissemination of non-Islamic religious ideas, including Arabic Bibles, is illegal. Pornography is illegal in Morocco, and the use or possession of illegal drugs can be punishable by very severe penalties.
Moroccan art is one of the most varied and exciting in the Arab world and can be seen in many parts of the capital and country. Music festivals have s emerged across the country in recent years, many of which are devoted to world music and others to more contemporary Western artists.
Morocco’s European influences have combined with its largely Islamic culture to create a diverse and unique theatre scene, including many festivals in magnificent venues. Arts and crafts are popular, with markets all over the country offering beautiful ornaments to buy.
The incidence of road deaths in Morocco is 9 times higher than in the UK opens a new window. Be especially vigilant when driving on dangerous roads or when visibility is reduced, for example in bad weather or at night. Beware of other drivers who may not comply with the highway code and respect speed limits. The risks associated with driving are less outside cosmopolitan areas, but don’t take the quality of the road surface for granted.
Train travel is popular, comfortable and services much of the country. Beyond the places where trains go, buses are available. Taxis and buses shared over long distances can be a cost-effective means of transport.
Travel insurance for Morocco
There are some areas of Morocco where adventure activities are more tempting, such as sandboarding in the Sahara, water sports on the beach or mountain activities in the northeast. If you’re planning to embark on an adventure activity, make sure you’re covered first.
Check your policy to see if you can do it and, if you’re not covered, talk to your insurer to see if there’s a way to extend the scope of your policy. Keep in mind that you may not be automatically covered for a variety of common activities, such as pony trekking, so be sure to read your policy carefully to understand if you are taking unnecessary risks.
Travel insurance is essential in the event of a medical emergency, as well as to protect you in various circumstances. If you lose valuables or your luggage is delayed or stolen, if your holiday planner goes bankrupt, or even if you get sick between the time you take out your policy and the time you leave, travel insurance can relieve you of some of the burden.