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Geology field collecting trips & tours in morocco

FAQ

Must know before travel to Morocco

Visas & permits

Visas are not required for British, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, US and other EU nationals for a stay of up to 3 months. Please ensure your passport is valid for six months after your return date and that you get your passport stamped upon entry into Morocco. All other nationalities should contact the Moroccan embassy for details.

Visas are your responsibility. Make sure you are sorted before you travel. We recommend that you check the latest visa requirements thoroughly before booking.

Vaccinations

It is recommended that you are vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio, if you have not had a booster in the last ten years.

Food and waterborne diseases are more common, so we recommend vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years) and Hepatitis A (validity varies).

Morocco is not a high risk malaria area but if in any doubt please consult a physician or travel clinic for further information.

Travel insurance

All our passengers must be fully insured for travel in Morocco. It is essential that you get the correct level of cover and it is advised that you speak to your travel insurance provider for advice.

Please ensure that the policy provides adequate cover for hospital treatment, repatriation flights home in the event of you being too ill to continue the tour, personal accident, personal baggage and associated valuables. Please note that some optional activities may require additional cover. You must bring the policy with you as it is obligatory for joining any expedition.

Luggage

One main backpack or suitcase (either is suitable) of approx. 20kgs max per person is permitted Also bring a daypack, to keep personal items such as your wallet, camera and water bottle.

Pack sensibly and take garments that are comfortable and cool. Morocco can be very hot in summer but at night the temperatures drop, so pack accordingly.

What to bring

Towel Comfortable walking shoes Torch and batteries Camera Mosquito repellent Water bottle Personal first aid kit, antiseptic gel and wipes Waterproof/wind proof jacket Two spare passport photos and a photocopy of your passport Sleeping bag required for November - April departures .

Currency (dec 2018)

1 Euro = 11MAD

1 GBP = 13MAD

1 USD = 8 MAD

MAD = Moroccan Dirham.

Rates are subject to fluctuation.

Exchange facilities are available at various bureau de changes in major towns and most banks have ATMs. How much spending money is needed depends largely on the individual. We currently recommend an average of €20 - €30 per day. We cannot specify every cost however and you will need to allow for expenses such as drinks, snacks and the odd souvenir. Travelers Cheques can be difficult to change en route so we recommend you have cash for convenience and bring a card to use in ATMs. Most accept Visa, MasterCard, Electron, Cirrus and Maestro. There are ATMs in the main civic centers throughout Morocco.

Local prices

Mineral water (local brand, 1.5L) MAD6 .

Meal for 1 (starter, main and a beer in a local restaurant) MAD 50-100 .

Beer (local brew Efes - 330-500ml approx) MAD12-15 .

Chocolate bar (local brand) MAD5-10.

Climate

Temperatures in Morocco are generally high, particularly during the summer months from May to September, so take sunscreen.

Cultural awareness

We cannot emphasize enough that we are travelers and therefore guests. It is our duty to respect and adjust where possible to the people of the region. Your Tour Leader will also brief you on environmental matters.

Religious awareness

Morocco is predominantly Muslim and as such, we would ask all of our customers to respect and adhere to (when appropriate) the dress codes of the Islamic faith. This entails covering of shoulders and knees.