This is an annual report produced in
conjunction with the Regional Security Offices at the U.S. Embassy in Rabat and
the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca. OSAC encourages travelers to use
this report to gain baseline knowledge of security conditions in Morocco.
For more in-depth information, review OSAC’s Morocco country page for
original OSAC reporting, consular messages, and contact information, some of
which may be available only to private-sector representatives with an OSAC
current U.S. Department of State Travel
Advisory at the date of this report’s publication assesses Morocco at Level
2, indicating travelers should exercise increased caution due to terrorism. Review
OSAC’s report, Understanding
the Consular Travel Advisory System.
Overall Crime and Safety
U.S. Department of State has assessed Casablanca as being a HIGH-threat location and Rabat as being
a MEDIUM-threat location for crime directed at or affecting
official U.S. government interests. Media
reporting and anecdotal observations indicate that the frequency and intensity
of crime in Morocco’s major cities is similar to other large cities in North
Africa. The most common crimes are petty crimes, such as pickpocketing, theft
from unoccupied vehicles, robberies, purse snatching, and burglaries. Criminals
focus on high-traffic and high-density areas such as tourist sites, markets,
medinas, and festivals in major cities. Criminals tend to fixate on people who
appear unfamiliar with their surroundings, dress in obviously foreign clothing,
or otherwise draw attention to themselves. Due to the low availability of
firearms in Morocco, when violent crimes occur, they tend to involve edged
weapons such as knives (and occasionally swords). Larceny and residential
burglaries are common in low-income neighborhoods, and occasionally occur in
more affluent neighborhoods. Review OSAC’s report, All
That You Should Leave Behind.
Pedestrians walking alone in isolated areas,
or late at night, are at greater risk for becoming a target. Gratuitous
displays of wealth may attract unwanted attention and increase the risk of becoming
a target. Dress in a conservative manner, do not display a large amount of
currency, protect smart phones from being easily snatched, carry wallets in
front pockets, ensure that purses/backpacks are carried securely, and do not
wear elaborate jewelry/watches. Guard possessions carefully on public
transportation. Leaving any item of value unattended in a public place or in a
vehicle in plain sight can make that item the target of petty theft. Have a
friend or colleague watch the surrounding area as you focus on completing your
transaction at an ATM.
Visitors, especially females, should make a
concerted effort to travel in pairs and avoid walking alone at night. Travel in
pairs/groups, drink in moderation, maintain control over drinks, and never accept
drinks from strangers. Avoid being out alone and during late-night or early
morning hours. At night, avoid areas that are poorly lighted or secluded. Review
OSAC’s report, Shaken: The Don’ts of
The government of
Morocco’s 2020 Crime Rate Report highlighted an 8.6% decrease in violent crimes
in 2019, noting that law enforcement ultimately resolved 90% of cases. The
report also noted increased efforts to combat criminal networks, particularly
those involved in illegal immigration and forgery.
Equip homes to prevent unauthorized entry. This
generally means installing security grilles protecting accessible windows and
glass doors; exterior doors should be solid and have a minimum of two
deadlocks. Single-family homes should have a wall that discourages intruders
from entering the premises. Apartment dwellers should consider the possibility
of intruders gaining access via adjacent balconies or structures, and ensure
that there are functional locks or other protection for areas vulnerable to
unauthorized entry. Keep doors and windows locked, even when home. Review
OSAC’s reports, Hotels:
The Inns and Outs and Considerations
for Hotel Security.
ATMs are generally safe when taking normal
precautions. There have been several recent reported cases of debit/credit card
fraud. In all cases, the victims reported money withdrawn from their accounts
after using their cards at ATMs, or their credit cards being billed for
unaccounted charges after using them at local establishments. Review
OSAC’s reports, The
Overseas Traveler’s Guide to ATM Skimmers & Fraud and Taking
Cybercrime in Morocco thus far remains
generally limited to common scams requesting money up front for promised
services, or chances to obtain more money with a downpayment. More advanced cyber
fraud is common in Ouad Zem, a city towards the center of Morocco, where many
cases of sexual blackmail took place via the internet. Much of the blackmail allegedly
targeted foreigners residing outside Morocco. U.S. citizens have also been
victims of international financial scams based in Morocco, where someone the target
has not met in person offers romance and/or marriage to the target, then asks
the target for money to pay hospital fees, legal expenses, or expenses related
to many sudden unforeseen problems. Review OSAC’s reports, Cybersecurity
Practices for Maximizing Security on Public Wi-Fi, Traveling
with Mobile Devices: Trends & Best Practices, and Satellite
Phones: Critical or Contraband?
Road Safety and Road Conditions
Traffic accidents are a major concern. On
average, more than 11 Moroccans die in motor vehicle accidents every day; the
fatality rate for motor vehicle accidents is approximately twice that of the
United States. Compared to North America or Europe, driving in Morocco can be
more erratic, aggressive, and even reckless. It is common to see vehicles
driving into oncoming traffic and ignoring stop signs or traffic signals.
Drivers frequently execute right turns from the left lane and vice-versa. A
wide variety of vehicles (e.g. bicycles, scooters, donkey carts, slower-moving
utility vehicles) share the road. Some vehicles are older, overladen, and lack
proper maintenance. Pedestrians often walk into traffic without looking, or
intentionally dart between moving cars. Riders on mopeds and motorcycles
routinely split lanes and do not yield to vehicles making legal turns. Road
conditions vary and can change dramatically due to climatic conditions,
becoming dangerous and temporarily impassible.
Along highways and toll roads, speed limits are
marked clearly, and law enforcement radar speed traps are increasingly frequent.
If police stop you for speeding, expect a fine. It is common for police to
stand in the road and wave vehicles to the side. Traffic enforcement authorities
reportedly have asked for bribes on occasion. Valid traffic fines will include
paperwork, like a traffic ticket issued in the United States, and often must
paid on the spot. Police checkpoints are common when entering towns or cities.
These checkpoints serve primarily as security screening points.
Any use of a cellular phone by a driver must
be via a hands-free device. Visitors who self-drive must have their passport
and driver’s license with them and must present these documents if stopped by local
law enforcement. Review OSAC’s reports, Road
Safety Abroad, Driving
Overseas: Best Practices, and Evasive
Driving Techniques; and read the State Department’s webpage on driving
and road safety abroad.
Criminals have on occasion thrown rocks off
overpasses onto cars on highways throughout Morocco. These actions likely
intended to get the drivers to pull over, where the rock throwers could rob the
driver at knifepoint. Local media reported at least six of these incidents in
2017, and several more in 2018 and 2019. Media coverage of these incidents
resulted in a robust police deployment on overpasses between Rabat and Casablanca.
Improvements have been made to the physical security features around the
bridges themselves, to include high fencing inhibiting the throwing of
projectiles onto the road below.
Public Transportation Conditions
Public transportation is somewhat reliable in
Morocco. Drivers often do not follow road safety rules or traffic laws, and
many vehicles lac proper maintenance. Watch belongings on any type of public
Moroccan Government has authorized Heetch and Careem, two popular web-based
ride-sharing services, to operate legally in Morocco. However, these companies face opposition from taxi
drivers, who have on occasion surrounded and confronted Heetch and Careem
drivers. This problem is particularly acute at transportation hubs such as airports
and train stations, as well as major hotels, tourist sites, and shopping malls.
“Petit taxis” are common in most cities, holding
up to three people. These taxis should use a meter and can pick up additional
passengers along the way. Each town has its own particular color for petit
taxis: red in Casablanca, blue in Rabat, and tan in Marrakech. The availability
of safety features like seatbelts and airbags may vary from taxi to taxi. Riders
may have to hail multiple taxis because drivers are not obliged to agree to
take them to their destination. Taxis are generally less available late at
night or early in the morning.
“Grand taxis” are usually white with black
lettering, and are often older Mercedes or Dacia vehicles that use fixed urban
or inter-urban routes. They can be crowded and uncomfortable, and are less
restricted on how many occupants may ride in them at one time. These vehicles
are generally not recommended for use by visitors except in rural areas where
there are no other transportation options.
Despite the availability of intra-city public
buses in Morocco, visitors should avoid them. These buses often lack proper
maintenance, and drivers can be aggressive and reckless. The buses become
particularly crowded in the summertime, to the point that riders hang out of open
doors and windows.
The quality of inter-city buses varies greatly,
and generally corresponds with the ticket price of the bus. Avoid taking
overnight bus trips, as roads become more dangerous overnight; travelers have
been the victims of robbery and sexual assault while sleeping.
Morocco has an extensive and reliable
inter-city train network. Find train destinations and times on the ONCF website,
which has information in English, French, and Arabic. Tramways service parts of
Casablanca and Rabat, with plans for future expansion. Review
OSAC’s report, Security
In Transit: Airplanes, Public Transport, and Overnights.
There are 28 civilian airports in Morocco, 16 of
which support international flights to Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and
the Middle East. International airports in Morocco meet International Civil
Aviation Organization standards for safety and security according to a recent
ICAO Audit. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation
Security Administration (TSA), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
assessed the government of Morocco’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in
compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation
security and safety standards for oversight of Morocco’s air carrier operations
at the Casablanca International Airport (CMN) which provide service to the
American citizens are currently authorized 90
days visa-free entry to Morocco. Travelers must exit Morocco prior to the
original 90-day expiration of their original authorized entry or request an
extension from Moroccan Immigration authorities. Authorities automatically bar
travelers who overstay from departure. This includes barring overstayers from
boarding any international flight out of Morocco. Individuals overstaying their
entry must see an Immigration judge to resolve their visa overstay and pay a
U.S. Department of State has assessed Casablanca and Rabat as being MEDIUM-threat locations for terrorism
directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. The Government of
Morocco employs a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes
vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation, and counter-radicalization
policies. However, terrorist attacks occurred
in Morocco in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2018. The 2018 attack targeted two female
Scandinavian tourists, who extremists claiming allegiance to ISIS followed into
a remote hiking area near Imlil and murdered.
More than 1,600 Moroccan nationals have
traveled to conflict zones to fight alongside extremist groups. Many of these
individuals may try to return to Morocco, especially as successful anti-ISIS
efforts in Syria, Iraq, and Libya progress. Moroccan security services are
aware of the potential danger these individuals may pose, and have gone to
great lengths to intercept them at international border crossings.
Moroccan security services are generally proactive
and effective in identifying and neutralizing terrorists and terror cells.
According to local media reports, the Moroccan government has broken up
hundreds of terrorist cells, many of which expressed allegiance to or sympathy
with ISIS. These arrests often include individuals spreading extremist
ideologies and propaganda. Disruptions of alleged terrorist cells occurred
nearly monthly in 2019.
Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) remains the primary law
enforcement agency responsible for counterterrorism prosecutions. The
following offers a snapshot of arrests in 2019:
- In January, Moroccan authorities
dismantled a 13-person cell for inciting terrorist crimes and undermining the
state’s security in the cities of Sale, Casablanca, and Mohammedia, seizing
electronic devices, bladed weapons, and a written pledge of allegiance to ISIS.
- In May, Moroccan authorities
dismantled a 9-member cell pledging allegiance to ISIS that planned to
perpetrate terrorist attacks in Tangier, seizing electronic devices,
paramilitary uniforms, and harpoon guns.
- In October, Moroccan authorities
dismantled a 7-person cell operating in Chefchaouen, Casablanca, and Ouazzane
that was preparing to target sensitive infrastructure and strategic sites,
seizing bladed weapons, diving equipment, and ISIS flags.
December, Moroccan authorities arrested a reported ISIS sympathizer in Meknes
who was allegedly plotting a suicide operation. Authorities seized documentation
that indicated the individual intended to manufacture explosives.
Credible information indicates terrorist
groups continue plotting possible attacks in Morocco. The potential for
terrorist violence against U.S. interests and citizens exists. Moroccan
authorities have taken robust actions to guard against terrorist attacks and
continue to disrupt groups seeking to attack U.S. or Western-affiliated and
Moroccan government targets. Law enforcement has arrested numerous individuals
associated with international terrorist groups. With indications that such
groups still seek to carry out attacks in Morocco, U.S. citizens should be
keenly aware of their surroundings and adhere to prudent security practices
such as avoiding predictable travel patterns and maintaining a low profile.
Establishments that are identifiable with the
United States are potential targets for attacks. These may include facilities
where U.S. citizens and other foreigners congregate, including clubs,
restaurants, places of worship, schools, hotels, movie theaters, U.S. brand
establishments, and other public areas. Such targets may also include
establishments where activities that may offend religious sensitivities occur,
such as casinos or places where alcoholic beverages are sold or consumed.
Establishments that could be perceived as
catering to U.S. or Western visitors or those owned by Western companies could
be potential targets for terrorism. Visitors should remain particularly alert
and informed during periods of heightened tension in the country and the
Religious, and Ethnic Violence
U.S. Department of State has assessed Casablanca and Rabat as being MEDIUM-threat locations for political
violence directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. The Western
Sahara is an area where the legal status of the territory remains
unresolved. The area was long the site of armed conflict between Moroccan
government forces and the POLISARIO Front, which continues to seek independence
for the territory. However, a cease-fire has been fully in effect since 1991. There
are thousands of unexploded mines in the Western Sahara and in areas of
Mauritania adjacent to the Western Saharan border. There are occasional reports
of exploding mines causing death and injury. Morocco claims sovereignty over
the Western Sahara, closely monitoring and controlling access to the territory.
There have been instances in which authorities have expelled or denied entry
into Western Sahara U.S. citizens suspected of being participants in political
protests or of supporting NGOs critical of Moroccan policies.
Demonstrations occur frequently in Morocco,
and typically focus on internal political, economic, or social issues. Protests
in 2019 primarily involved disputes over teacher salaries; these events ended
peacefully. The last demonstrations to turn violent occurred from late 2016
through 2017 in the northern town of al Hoceima in reaction to the death of a vendor
whose product local authorities had seized. Demonstrations rapidly expanded to
include long-standing grievances regarding jobs, roads, universities, hospitals,
and investment in the region. However, of the hundreds of protests involving
thousands of participants, only a few turned violent, and were mostly contained
to al Hoceima.
matches attract large crowds to public stadiums, particularly when well-known
teams from larger cities are playing. Moroccan authorities will often augment
police presence in areas surrounding large stadiums due to the proclivity of crowds
to turn violent and vandalize property during and following large soccer
Moroccan law requires that all demonstrations
obtain a government permit, but spontaneous unauthorized demonstrations, which
have greater potential for violence, can occur. Different unions or groups may
organize strikes to protest or strike in response to an emerging issue or
Avoid demonstrations if possible. If caught in
a demonstration, remain calm and move away immediately when provided the
opportunity. Review OSAC’s report, Surviving
Most Moroccans are Sunni Muslims tolerant of
other religions. Longstanding churches and synagogues exist in many major
cities, and religious or ethnic violence is virtually unheard of. The
government strictly controls religious preaching, and local Imams are under
close state control. Proselytizing is illegal, and as recently as 2017,
proselytizing evangelical Christians have been deported.
Regional and global events have the potential
to inflame public opinion and incite large demonstrations. In 2019, a
hundred-person crowd staged a peaceful, authorized protest in front of the
Consulate in Casablanca to protest a U.S. policy announcement. Previously, crowds
ranging from several hundred to thousands of individuals demonstrated near the Consulate
in Casablanca and in the city of Rabat following the 2017 announcement that the
U.S. planned to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Protest organizers stated in
local media that these protests were not anti-U.S. but against a particular
policy, and the protests concluded peacefully, with no known injuries or use of
force by the police. Even though most Moroccans view the United States and its
citizens favorably, travelers should remain aware and informed of regional
issues that could resonate in Morocco and create an anti-U.S. response.
Environmental hazards mainly revolve around
flooding and the occasional earthquake. The rainy season (November-March) often
results in flash floods in the mountainous and desert areas. These floods can
cause landslides and damage roads, making them impassable. In addition, heavy
rain can overwhelm drainage systems and cause flooding.
Morocco does experience occasional strong
earthquakes. There have been damaging earthquakes in the north (near al
Hoceima), and the south (near Agadir). Strong earthquakes are relatively rare
but can be extremely destructive.
Critical Infrastructure Concerns
Few industrial accidents are reported in
Morocco. Hazardous chemical spills on highways are a top concern for the
government. Aging buildings, especially in the Medina or “Old City” area of
major cities, can be hazardous. Building collapses occasionally occur.
Economic Concerns/Intellectual Property Theft
government of Morocco has made important strides in improving its intellectual
property rights (IPR) regime, including combatting counterfeit goods. Morocco
has signed the multi-national treaty, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
2014, Parliament approved an IPR law that streamlines the patent application
process and consolidates IPR enforcement by improving procedures for the
destruction of counterfeit goods, enlarging the scope of border investigations,
and providing complainants enhanced judicial remedies through civil and
criminal courts to defend their rights. Morocco’s introduced the “Our Safety”
label to certify importers and distributors of non-counterfeit auto parts in the
capacity to detect and address internet based IPR violations remains inadequate
in some respects. Counterfeiting of consumer goods is still common, and U.S
firms allege that the use of pirated software is widespread. Common counterfeit
goods available in Morocco include apparel, appliances, food,
software, computer hardware, and auto parts arriving mainly from Asia, through
the Tangier-Med and Casablanca seaports as well as the southern border with
Mauritania. The U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement ensured Morocco’s IPR legal
framework is one of the strongest in the region, and as Morocco continues to
enhance its IPR enforcement measures and procedures, companies must work
closely with Morocco’s IPR enforcement authority to ensure effective and
efficient implementation of the law.
professional basketball teams have made contracts with U.S. citizens. Some of
these players have subsequently claimed they were not paid as stipulated per
the terms of the contract. Individuals considering playing basketball
professionally in Morocco may wish to consult with a lawyer regarding the terms
of their contract prior to signing.
Personal Identity Concerns
Although the law bans any form of sexual
harassment, harassment of women remains prevalent in urban and rural areas
alike. Many western women in Morocco report persistent harassment to varying
degrees in public places including streets, parks, stores, cafés, and
restaurants. Moroccan men will sometimes engage in
whistling/hissing/staring/yelling and, on occasion, inappropriate physical
contact. Groups of individuals have attempted to lure women into cars in smaller
cities and rural areas, but this can also occur in urban areas late at night.
Sexual assaults do occur, many of which are unreported because the victims are
afraid of their friends and families shunning them. Sexual assaults have also
taken place in broad daylight and at public events with many witnesses. In 2017,
a group of juvenile males gang-raped a teenager on a bus in Casablanca; bystanders
videotaped the attack, and the bus driver did not stop or seek police
assistance. In August 2019 Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist who works for
an independent news outlet critical of the state, received a one-year prison sentence
for allegedly having sex out of wedlock and an illegal abortion. King Mohammed
VI pardoned her in October 2019. Review the State Department’s
webpage on security for female
LGBTI+ persons regularly face discrimination
and harassment. While there is a perceived level of tolerance, particularly in
larger urban centers, homosexuality is illegal. Open displays of affection will
likely attract unwanted attention. Review the State Department’s
webpage on security for LGBTI+
While in Morocco, individuals with
disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what
is customary in the United States. Review the State Department’s webpage on
security for travelers
illicit drug trade is thoroughly entrenched in Morocco. Most of the drugs
produced or transported are destined for European markets. The primary drugs
exported from Morocco are cannabis derivatives produced in northern Morocco, as
well as cocaine. Morocco is a transit country for cocaine traffickers who
funnel their product from South America into Europe and Sub-Saharan countries.
The proceeds of the drug trade are laundered primarily through goods, real
estate, and businesses; illicit funds often move across borders through use of hawalas
and bulk cash smuggling. The government expends a great deal of effort into
fighting international narcotics trafficking. In 2019, police reported seizing
2.4 tons of cocaine, over 1,161,000 pharmaceutical and MDMA (ecstasy) pills,
and 150 tons of cannabis resin. Penalties for possession of narcotics are
severe, and authorities deal harshly with suspected traffickers.
Police/Gendarmerie corruption regarding drug trafficking is not unheard of, and
while authorities have occasionally been implicated in assisting traffickers,
they are tried and punished when identified.
homeless individuals in large cities are addicted to huffing solvents such as
gasoline, paint, and glue. These individuals often engage in criminal activity
or collapse on sidewalks or in the streets in drug-induced stupors. Additionally,
poor youth abuse a cocktail commonly known as “karkoubi,” which contains
a mixture of benzodiazepines (e.g. Rivotril, Xanax, Valium), alcohol,
cannabis and glue. Karkoubi elicits violent behavior in those who consume
The kidnapping threat in Morocco has
historically been low. Incidents of reported kidnappings in the media in 2019
generally related to family disputes or drug trafficking retaliations. Review
OSAC’s report, Kidnapping:
Other Security Concerns
Moroccan customs authorities may enforce
strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Morocco
of items such as firearms, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drones, religious
materials, antiquities, business equipment, and large quantities of currency. Read
the State Department’s webpage on customs
and import restrictions for information on what you
cannot take into or out of other countries.
Taking photographs of anything authorities
could perceive as being of military or security interest may result in problems.
Do not photograph palaces, diplomatic missions, government buildings, or other
sensitive facilities. When in doubt, ask permission from the appropriate
Moroccan authorities. Review OSAC’s report, Picture This: Dos and
Don’ts for Photography.
Morocco is a popular destination for outdoor
activities. Anyone traveling into remote areas in Morocco should use a licensed
and accredited guide and be prepared to check in and out of remote checkpoints
by presenting their passport number. Moroccan authorities may restrict access
to certain areas; only camp within designated camping areas. While the Royal
Gendarmerie is capable of responding to backcountry emergencies, travelers
should ensure that they are well-prepared and appropriately provisioned prior
to departing for remote areas, and that someone not on the trip has a copy of
their proposed travel itinerary.
emergency line in Morocco is 190 from a mobile phone and 91from a landline. Law enforcement officials are well trained, with many attending
international training programs. However, the police are generally
understaffed, and in some cases underequipped.
The Moroccan police force is based on the
French police system, with the Sûreté Nationale (DGSN) enforcing laws in the urban
areas and the Royal Gendarmerie in the rural areas. The DGST, also a national
security agency, generally oversees matters involving terrorism. These
different agencies can and do cooperate on investigative matters; criminal cases
can transfer from one investigative agency to another depending on the victim,
locale, and public visibility of the incident under investigation. According to
a 2019 study by a Moroccan think tank, Moroccans have a high rate of confidence
in sovereign security institutions such as the Royal Armed Forces (83.3%) and
the police (78.1%).
Police generally respond effectively to a
report of a foreign victim of crime. There have been limited instances where
interactions with the police, particularly in smaller cities and rural areas,
have not been positive for foreigners. Victims are often present during interrogations
of suspects, which can create an uncomfortable situation for a victim.
Some U.S. citizens report that police
procedures appear to be less sensitive and responsive to a victim’s concerns
compared to procedures in the United States, particularly in cases of domestic
violence, sexual assault, or when the victim and the perpetrator are both foreigners.
Few victim-assistance resources or battered women’s shelters exist in major
urban areas, and they are generally unavailable in rural areas. Investigations
of sexual assault crimes often proceed without female police officers present,
and police typically ask about the victim’s sexual history and previous
relationships. The quality of interpreting from Arabic to English can vary and
has caused problems for some U.S. citizen victims.
Police often arrest perpetrators if crimes are
reported in a timely manner. The police rely primarily on confessions versus
forensic evidence to determine culpability, although this is changing given
Morocco’s recent judicial and police reform programs, which the U.S. government
supports. All police officers speak French or Arabic; English translation may
not be readily available.
the State Department’s Crime Victims Assistance brochure.
Morocco has adequate medical services in the
larger cities, but the quality of care diminishes elsewhere. The medical
facilities and hospitals in Rabat and Casablanca can treat most general
illnesses, and can provide emergency trauma care. However, specialized care is
not as easily accessible in Morocco as in Western countries. It is common for
doctors and medical facilities to demand payment up front before providing
treatment, even for emergencies. Medical personnel speak French and Arabic; the
availability of English translation services at medical facilities may vary
greatly from location to location. Find
contact information for available medical services and available air ambulance
services on the U.S. Embassy
Over-the-counter drugs common at pharmacies in
large cities may be difficult to impossible to find in the smaller cities or
rural areas. Specialty prescription medication may be difficult to locate even
in Rabat or Casablanca, and a pharmacy stocked with a particular medication one
week may not have it in stock again for several weeks due to availability issues.
In the event of a medical emergency or serious traffic accident,
immediate ambulance services are usually not available. Review
OSAC’s report, Traveling with
Ambulances in Morocco often will not have a
paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) assigned to them.
Consider insurance and flight options before
leaving home, and be sure to carry insurance policy identity card as proof of such
insurance. The U.S. Department of State strongly recommends purchasing
international health insurance before traveling internationally. Review the
State Department’s webpage on insurance
CDC offers additional information on vaccines and health guidance for Morocco.
Review OSAC’s reports, The Healthy Way, I’m Drinking What in My Water?,Health 101: How to Prepare
for Travel, and Fire Safety Abroad.
OSAC Country Council Information
Due to Casablanca’s status as the commercial
center of Morocco and the volume of U.S. organizations situated there, the OSAC
Country Council resides in Casablanca. The second-largest city in North Africa,
Casablanca is a regional hub for exports, and is home to the American Chamber
of Commerce (AMCHAM).
As RSO Rabat and RSO Casablanca managed the
Country Council jointly, directed OSAC inquiries to either office: RSO Rabat +212 (0) 537 637 692; RSO Casablanca +212 (0) 522 64 2084. Contact
OSAC’s Middle East & North Africa team
for more information.
U.S. Embassy Contact
Km 5.7, Avenue Mohamed VI, Souissi, Rabat
Hours of Operation 0800-1700 Monday
Emergency calls after normal
business hours: +212-661-13-1939
Department Emergency Line: +1-202-501-4444
Other U.S. Diplomatic Posts In Morocco
Consulate General Casablanca, 8, Boulevard Moulay Youssef, Casablanca. +212-522-642-099,
you travel, consider the following resources: