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Morocco 2018 Crime & Safety Report: Rabat

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According to the current U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory at the date of this report’s publication, Morocco has been assessed as Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.

Overall Crime and Safety Situation

The U.S. Embassy does not assume responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms appearing in this report. The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit cannot recommend a particular individual or location, and assumes no responsibility for the quality of service provided.

The U.S. Department of State has assessed Rabat as being a MEDIUM-threat location for crime directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests.

Please review OSAC’s Morocco-specific page for original OSAC reporting, consular messages, and contact information, some of which may be available only to private-sector representatives with an OSAC password.

Crime Threats

Crime in Morocco is a moderate concern, particularly in major cities and tourist areas. The government of Morocco’s 2017 crime statistics record 559,035 reported cases, and 583,344 cases sent to courts. Of those cases, 38,358 were perpetrated by women and 22,236 were perpetrated by minors. While 9.72% were violent crimes, the report shows that rates of violent crimes have decreased by the following percentages: 18% in murders, 3% in rapes and 4% in robberies. The government of Morocco reports solving 92% of cases, a 2% increase over 2016. This information does not specify the types of crimes allegedly committed. Although there is limited available information, this likely indicates that the frequency and intensity of criminal activity remains moderate. Rabat is generally considered safe due to the volume of security forces deployed in the streets. Crime has not affected expatriates to an unusual degree.

The most common crimes tend to be crimes of opportunity (pickpocketing, robberies, purse snatching, burglaries, theft from unoccupied vehicles, harassment of women, or similar crimes) perpetrated by criminals who primarily operate in high-traffic and high-density areas. One common petty theft scenario is for two assailants on a scooter to approach a victim, where the passenger will snatch valuables from the victim. Pedestrians walking alone in isolated areas, or late at night, are at greater risk for being targeted. Some petty thefts may escalate to robberies if victims show resistance—almost every theft incident ends without physical injuries in cases where victims do not resist.

While crime does not pose a significant threat to Americans, foreigners are targeted more often if they appear affluent. Pickpockets and bag snatchers may target pedestrians, especially in larger urban areas. While street crimes (pickpocketing, robbery, simple assaults) are not uncommon, areas frequented by foreigners generally witness the majority of crimes against visitors, despite the efforts of police. Visitors are advised to guard their possessions carefully if riding on public transportation or in heavily trafficked tourist areas. The majority of crimes against tourists and visitors are reported in Marrakech, followed by Casablanca, Tangier, Fez, and Rabat.

Firearms are not common; most armed assailants use edged weapons (knives, razors, daggers).

One notable case of a murder involving a firearm occurred in Marrakech in October 2017. This was a higher-profile incident because it took place in a public area, during daylight hours, and involved a firearm.

General theft and residential burglaries are commonplace in low-income neighborhoods and occasionally occur in more affluent neighborhoods. Residential break-ins tend to occur during the day when homes are unoccupied, although break-ins while the home is occupied do occur. While it should be assumed criminals are prepared for confrontations, most generally avoid violence. Since most burglaries are crimes of opportunity, a well-secured home is often enough to deter criminals.

Americans should live in homes that are equipped to prevent unauthorized entry, meaning having security grilles protecting accessible windows and glass doors; exterior doors should be solidly built and have a minimum of two deadbolt locks; single-family homes should have a perimeter wall that discourages intruders from entering the premises.

Apartment dwellers should consider the possibility of intruders gaining access via adjacent balconies or structures. They should also ensure that there are functional locks or other protection for areas vulnerable to unauthorized entry.

Tourists are advised to travel in pairs/groups, drink alcohol in moderation, maintain control over their drinks, and never accept drinks from strangers. For more information, please review OSAC’s Report “Shaken: The Don’ts of Alcohol Abroad.” Visitors should avoid being out alone and during late night or early morning hours.

ATMs are generally safe to use if normal precautions are observed.

One notable case of stealing credit cards was recorded in Tangier in 2017. The operation consisted of stealing credit cards and getting owners’ personal information to try later on ATMs. Following this arrest, the Direction Générale de la Sûreté Nationale (DGSN) advised ATM users to stay wary when withdrawing money and file immediate reports in case of credit card hacking.

In 2016, there were several documented cases of debit/credit card fraud. In all cases, the victims reported money being withdrawn from their accounts after using their cards at ATMs or being billed for unaccounted charges to their credit cards after using them at local establishments.

In 2014, police in Marrakech seized skimming equipment affixed to two ATMs before accounts were compromised.

Despite these incidents, debit/credit card fraud is not a widespread problem. If you are with a friend or a colleague, have them watch the surrounding area as you are focused on completing your transaction at an ATM. It is advisable to use ATMs that are attached to, or inside, banks. For more information, please review OSAC’s Report, “The Overseas Traveler’s Guide to ATM Skimmers & Fraud.”

Cybersecurity Issues

Cybercrime remains limited to common scams requesting money upfront for promised services or chances to obtain more money with a down payment.

 

Cyber fraud is common in Ouad Zem where many cases of sexual blackmail took place via the internet. Almost all of the blackmail was perpetrated against foreigners, most of whom were from Persian Gulf countries.

Other Areas of Concern

The Western Sahara is an area where the legal status of the territory and the issue of its sovereignty remain unresolved. The area was long the site of armed conflict between Moroccan government forces and the POLISARIO Front, which continues to seek independence. A cease-fire has been in effect since 1991 in the UN-administered area. There are thousands of unexploded mines in the Western Sahara and in areas of Mauritania adjacent to the border. Exploding mines are occasionally reported, and they have caused death and injury. Morocco claims sovereignty over the Western Sahara and closely monitors and controls access to the territory. There have been instances in which U.S. citizens suspected of being participants in political protests or of supporting NGOs that are critical of Moroccan policies have been expelled from, or not been allowed to enter, the Western Sahara. Travel to the Western Sahara is possible, though visitors should be aware of the political importance of the area to the government of Morocco; high-profile visits and foreign visitors, in particular, may be monitored.

Transportation-Safety Situation

For more information, please review OSAC’s Report, “Security in Transit: Airplanes, Public Transport, and Overnights.”

Road Safety and Road Conditions

Roads vary from high-speed toll roads to secondary roads, which may be poorly maintained. Speed limits are clearly marked; gendarmerie and police radar speed traps are frequent along highways and toll roads. It is common for police to stand in the road and wave vehicles over. If stopped for speeding, expect a fine. Legitimate fines can be paid on the spot. Traffic enforcement authorities sometimes ask for bribes; valid traffic fines will be accompanied by paperwork. Confiscation of a driver’s license is possible if a violator is unable or unwilling to settle a fine at the time of a traffic stop. Checkpoints are common when entering towns or cities, as is the case when entering Rabat (and Marrakech). These are in place for security reasons, and foreign visitors are rarely questioned.

Road conditions vary by season. Heavy rains can wash away sections of road and create sink holes large enough to swallow a car. During the winter, heavy snow can close roadways in mountainous areas.

There was a rash of incidents in the late summer and early fall of 2017 of cars on the major highway between Marrakech and Rabat being targeted at night with rocks in an attempt to hit the windshield, causing the driver to stop and subsequently be robbed. No incidents have been reported since. 

Traffic accidents are a significant hazard. 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 U.S. As an example, according to published statistics, between December 4 and December 10, 23 people were killed and 1,764 injured in 1,312 road accidents in Morocco. This is particularly true at dusk during Ramadan, when adherence to traffic regulations is lax, and July-September when the Moroccan Diaspora return from Europe by car in large numbers. In the event of a traffic accident, including those involving injuries, the parties are required to remain at the scene and not move their vehicles until the police have arrived and documented all necessary information. 

Driving practices, including a lack of the use of safety belts, often result in serious injuries and fatalities. Drivers may be erratic or fail to stop/yield when required. A wide variety of vehicles (bicycles, scooters, donkey carts) share the roads, including freeways. Many cars are older and poorly maintained. Trucks are often overladen and poorly maintained; it is common to see them overturned or broken down along highways. It is common for drivers to execute right turns from the left lane and vice versa. Traffic circles are inherently dangerous, as local drivers will often cross multiple lanes (or brake suddenly) in order to exit. Drivers should exercise extreme caution when driving at night due to poor lighting systems. Traffic signals do not always function and are sometimes difficult to see. During night time hours, drivers do not always obey red lights; travelers should take precaution when approaching intersections. 

Drivers are only allowed to use cellular phones with hands-free devices. Visitors who self-drive must have their passport and driver’s license with them and will be required to present these documents if stopped by the local police or Royal Gendarmerie. For more information on self-driving, please review OSAC’s Report “Driving Overseas: Best Practices.”

Public Transportation Conditions

Travelers should closely guard their belongings when using any type of public transport.

Petit taxis are common in most cities and hold up to three passengers. These taxis may use a meter. Each town has its own particular color for petit taxis; they are blue in Rabat. The condition, age, and quality of the vehicle will vary greatly. Seatbelts may not work. Petit taxis cannot be used to travel between cities.

Grand taxis are generally an older model, white Mercedes that use fixed urban or interurban routes. These communal taxis can be crowded and uncomfortable. These are generally not recommended for use by visitors except in rural areas where there are no other transportation options. The white Mercedes are in the process of being replaced with a new type of vehicle called a Dacia Lodgy. 

There are some smartphone enabled ride-sharing services available in Rabat—including Careem—that are operating in a legal grey area. They have apps in English and use local drivers (who often do not speak English). With Careem, when using the app on a smartphone, the driver’s vehicle type and license plate number will be displayed; however, that information is deliberately incorrect due to constant tensions between ride-sharing drivers and regular taxi drivers. Taxi unions have regularly protested against ride-sharing operators, and ride-sharing drivers have been the target of harassment by groups of taxi drivers blocking roads and not allowing ride-sharing drivers to depart their pick-up locations. Reports indicate that police rarely intervene. For more information on ride-sharing, please review OSAC’s Annual Briefing Report “Safety and Security in the Share Economy.”

While public buses and taxis are inexpensive, driving habits are poor, and buses are frequently overcrowded. Intercity buses are common and range greatly in age and maintenance. Avoid nighttime travel on buses for traffic safety reasons.

The train system has a good safety record. Trains, while sometimes crowded, are comfortable. Morocco’s train network is extensive. Trains are primarily used for transportation between large cities, but they do not service all cities. Train destinations and times can be located on the ONCF website (in French and Arabic). There has been anecdotal reporting of sexual harassment occurring on trains, though this does not appear to be a rampant problem. Riders must visit the train station in person and pay in cash (U.S. credit cards are not accepted). Additionally, it is recommended to pay the small “upgrade” fee to sit in the first class cabin, as there are fewer people in the cabin and reserved seat assignments. 

The Rabat-Salé area has a new, modern tram system that is economic and clean.

Aviation/Airport Conditions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. 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 standards for oversight of Morocco’s air carrier operations.

Rabat-Salé Airport (Rabat’s international airport) adheres to international air safety standards, as does management of flight operations. In 2016, TSA provided training to DGSN, Gendarmerie, ONDA, the Ministry of Transportation on screening, screening equipment, and internal security measures. TSA was also invited to participate and served as an observer in the Tangier Airport Hijacking Exercise in December 2016. The government has taken steps to improve airport security, and since the terrorist attacks in Brussels Airport in March 2016, there has been a noticeable augmentation of police and security personnel in/around the airport. Moroccan international airports only allow ticketed passengers to enter their airport terminals. 

Terrorism Threat

The U.S. Department of State has assessed Rabat as being a MEDIUM-threat location for terrorist activity directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests.

Local, Regional, and International Terrorism Threats/Concerns

In 2017, Morocco’s counter-terrorism efforts mitigated the risk of terrorism, although the country continues to face threats, largely from small, independent, violent extremist cells. The majority claim to be inspired by or affiliated with ISIS. While there have been no terrorist attacks since 2011, there have been calls for attacks targeting government institutions/personalities and Western interests/soft targets. ISIS continues to call for attacks against the Moroccan monarchy and prominent Moroccan institutions and individuals. Establishments that could be perceived as catering to U.S. or Western visitors or those owned by Western companies could be targets for terrorism. Visitors should remain particularly alert and informed during periods of heightened tension in the country and the region.

In 2017, authorities reported the disruption of multiple groups with ties to international networks that included ISIS. According to local media, in 2017, Moroccan security forces dismantled nine terrorist cells and arrested 186 individuals on terrorism-related charges; the number of arrests is tabulated from official and non-official sources. For more information on Morocco’s counter-terrorism efforts, please review OSAC’s Report “Terrorism & Political Unrest in Morocco.”

The government remains concerned about the return of Moroccan foreign terrorist fighters to potentially conduct attacks at home and Moroccans residing abroad becoming radicalized during their stays in Western Europe. Moroccan authorities reported that 1,620 Moroccan terrorist fighters have been identified, including 929 who are active within ISIS, while the remaining fighters are scattered among other terrorist groups.

Anti-American/Anti-Western Sentiment

Regional events that inflame public opinion can incite large demonstrations. If these demonstrations are against Israel, they are often also anti-American.

When President Trump announced the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, there were numerous calls to protest and a great deal of fiery language on social media platforms. There was one major protest in Rabat’s downtown close to the Parliament where thousands of protestors peacefully assembled to demonstrate against the move. Protestors disbanded of their own volition after approximately three hours. 

Political, Economic, Religious, and Ethnic Violence

The U.S. Department of State has assessed Rabat as being a MEDIUM-threat location for political violence directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests.

Civil Unrest 

Demonstrations occur frequently in Morocco and are typically focused on internal political or social issues. During periods of heightened regional tension, large demonstrations may occur in major cities. Demonstrations require a government permit, but spontaneous, unauthorized demonstrations, which have greater potential for violence, can occur. Impromptu protests have arisen on university campuses, in city centers, or other locations where there are internationally-affiliated facilities, and they are usually in response to domestic issues. Unions or other groups may organize strikes over an issue or government policy. Unauthorized protests have been tolerated to a greater extent than they have been in the past.

  • In December 2017, protestors in Jerada came together protesting safety conditions and lack of development in the city after two miners died.

  • In October 2016, protests erupted in major cities over the death of a fishmonger, in a dispute with local authorities, in El Hoceima.

  • In March 2016, a large-scale protest occurred in Rabat in response to the former UN Secretary General’s comments on the status of the disputed Western Sahara. While largely peaceful, the sheer size of the demonstration (estimated at 300,000 people) disrupted traffic.

Most of the demonstrations concerned the low rates of development and high rates of unemployment. The most active cities in terms of protests were El Hoceima (and its surrounding towns), Rabat, Casablanca, Jerada, and Zagora. Zagora saw several demonstrations due to the shortage of tap water.

Avoid demonstrations. If caught in one, remain calm and move away as quickly as possible.

Post-specific Concerns

Environmental Hazards

Environmental hazards mainly revolve around flooding and occasional earthquakes.

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. Strong rains can overwhelm drainage systems and cause flooding. Major roadways, including the high-speed toll roads, have been closed for hours and side roads for days due to standing water.

Morocco does experience earthquakes. Strong earthquakes are relatively rare. There have been damaging earthquakes in the north (near El Hoceima), and the south (in Agadir). A recent earthquake occurred in late January 2016, off the coast of Morocco.  

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” of major cities, can be hazardous. Building collapses occasionally occur.

One incident took place in December, when a large wall collapsed onto the adjacent sidewalk and street, killing seven people in Casablanca.

Economic Concerns

The government of Morocco has made considerable strides in improving its International Property Rights (IPR) regime, including combatting counterfeit goods. Morocco has signed the multi-national treaty, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). In 2014, Parliament approved an IPR law that streamlines the patent application process and consolidates enforcement of IPR by improving procedures for the destruction of counterfeit goods, enlarging the scope of border investigations, and providing complainants with enhanced judicial remedies through civil and criminal courts to defend their rights.

Morocco’s 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. Morocco has turned into a hub for making or receiving counterfeited goods, including clothes, appliances, food, software, computer hardware, and auto parts arriving mainly from Asia, through the Tanger-Med and Casablanca seaports. Morocco’s IPR legal framework is strong, but as Morocco continues to strengthen its enforcement, companies must implement internal control mechanisms to counter this type of threat.

Personal Identity Concerns

Although a law banning any form of sexual harassment has been implemented, authorities are still trying to determine how best to enforce it, and harassment of women remains somewhat prevalent. Many Western women report persistent harassment in public places in Morocco including streets, parks, stores, cafes, and restaurants. In 2015 and 2016, there was an uptick in reports of sexual assaults and rapes. Incidents of assaults and harassment typically affect women who are walking alone at night. Visitors, especially females, should make a concerted effort to travel in pairs and avoid walking alone at night.

Moroccan men will often engage in whistling/hissing/staring/yelling and, on occasion, inappropriate physical contact. Attempts to coax women into cars occur with some frequency in the smaller cities and rural areas but also occur in urban areas late at night. Sexual assaults do occur, many of which are unreported because the victims are afraid of being shunned by their friends and families.

Sexual assaults have also taken place in broad daylight and at public events with many witnesses.

For example, in August 2017, a teenager was gang raped on a bus in Casablanca by a group of boys. Bystanders videotaped the attack, and the bus driver did not stop or seek police assistance. The attack caused a major public outcry, and arrests were made within several days.

Teachers at the American schools have reported that witnesses on the street fail to intervene when they are being harassed by Moroccan men.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons are regularly discriminated against and harassed. While there is a perceived level of tolerance, homosexuality is illegal, and open displays of affection will attract unwanted attention.

In 2016, two teenage girls were arrested for engaging in homosexual activity in Marrakech when a family member saw them kissing and hugging on a rooftop in Marrakech. The charges were eventually dropped.

Religious/Ethnic Violence

The government places strict controls on religious preaching; Imams have been under close state control. Proselytizing (outside of Islam) is prohibited, and as recently as 2010, proselyting evangelical Christians have been deported. For more information, please review OSAC’s Report “Putting Your Faith in Travel: Security Implications.”

Drug-related Crimes

The drug trade is thoroughly entrenched in Morocco. The primary drugs exported are cannabis derivatives. Most of the drugs produced or transported are destined for European markets. Morocco has become a transit country for cocaine traffickers who funnel their product from South America into sub-Saharan countries and Europe. The government places a great deal of effort into fighting narcotics trafficking, and while authorities have been implicated in assisting traffickers, when caught, they are tried and punished. One such incident occurred in 2017, where 2,588kg of cocaine were seized in northern Morocco. Penalties for possession of narcotics are severe, and suspected traffickers will be dealt with harshly.

Kidnapping Threat

There have been a number of abductions of Westerners by terrorist organizations in the Sahel, particularly in Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and the southern desert regions of Algeria. For more information, please review OSAC’s Report, “Kidnapping: The Basics.”

Police Response

Law enforcement officials are reasonably well trained, with many attending international training programs. However, the police are understaffed and, in some cases, underequipped. A quick response and the familiarity of the police with the people and area they patrol can result in quick arrests of perpetrators if crimes are reported in a timely manner. In general, however, the police primarily rely on confessions to determine culpability (though efforts are underway to move to an evidenced-based system).

All police officers speak French or Arabic; however, English speakers may not be readily available.

How to Handle Incidents of Police Detention or Harassment

Police harassment of foreign nationals, especially Americans, is very rare.

There have been incidents where Americans have been arrested/detained. Any American arrested or experiencing legitimate police harassment should contact American Citizen Services (ACS) at the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca. ACS can be reached at +212 (0) 522-642-099 from Mon-Fri 0800-1700. If you have an after-hours emergency, please call +212 (0) 661-131-939.

Crime Victim Assistance

The police emergency number is 110. The 24/7 emergency contact number for the U.S. Embassy in Rabat is +212 (0) 537-637-777. The 24/7 emergency contact number for the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca is +212 (0) 522-642-119. For local first responders, please refer to the Embassy’s Emergency Assistance page.

Some U.S. citizens report that police procedures appear to be less sensitive and responsive to a victim’s concerns, particularly in cases of domestic violence or sexual assault or when the victim and the perpetrator are foreigners, compared to the procedures in the U.S. 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 are often conducted 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 for some U.S. citizen victims, this has caused a problem.

Police/Security Agencies

The police force is based on the French system, with the National Police (Sûreté Nationale, DGSN) enforcing laws in the urban areas and the Royal Gendarmerie in the rural areas.

  • Uniformed DGSN officers are easily identifiable by their navy blue pants, white shirts, blue jackets (in colder months), and blue baseball caps.

  • During the winter (November-May), the Gendarmes wear gray uniforms. In the summer (June-October), they wear blue uniforms. Gendarmes who patrol the highways will also wear a white belt around their waist and shoulder.

Medical Emergencies

Morocco has adequate medical services in the larger cities where there are university hospitals (Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, Agadir, Oujda, and Fes), 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. Specialized care is not as easily accessible in Morocco. French and Arabic are widely spoken by medical personnel; English is less common. “Hospitals” in Morocco are public, while “clinics” are private.

Over-the-counter drugs that may be obtained from pharmacies in large cities may be difficult or impossible to find in the smaller cities or rural areas. Specialty prescription medication may be difficult to locate even in Rabat or Casablanca. For more information, please refer to OSAC’s Report, “Traveling with Medications.”

In the event of a medical emergency or serious traffic accident, immediate ambulance services are usually not available, take a long time to get to their destination, and are essentially a mere method of transportation. Other drivers are lax in clearing out of the way of the ambulance, regardless of lights and sirens. Firms that provide ambulance services include:

SAMURABAT

#4 rue Tunis – Appt #1, Hassan. Web: http://www.samu-rabat.com/

Manager: Mrs. Meddoun. Tel: 0537-208-500 or 0537-208-600 Cell: 0661-228-333 (French only).

Director: Dr. Hassan Afilal. Tel: 0537-202-100 Cell: 0661-144-307 (Speaks English) Email: samu@samu-rabat.com

Tel: 0537-737-373

Fax: 0537-702-561

 

Mondial Assistance

#6, rue Moulay Slimane, appt. N°1 RABAT.

Tel: 0537-202-020

SMUP

#8, rue de Tunis. Hassan

Tel: 0537-727-272

SMUR

 

Cell:0661-080-808

Rabat Secours Médical

27, rue Dayet Erroumi, n°4 Agdal RABAT.

Tel: 0537-777-333

Sir Secours

#18, rue de Varsovie RABAT.

Tel: 0537-263-172

Axa Assistance Maroc

Avenue Hassan II, cité Al Manar imm. A RABAT.

Tel: 0537-707-076

Contact Information for Available Medical Services

For medical assistance, please refer to the Embassy’s Medical Assistance page.

Available Air Ambulance Services

Union Marocaine d’Assistance (Tel: 0522-45-0000) can arrange a variety of medical transport and services within Morocco and air evacuation to Europe. They will need verification of ability to pay up front. English is spoken.

There are other global air evacuation services available.

Insurance Guidance

Medical facilities will demand some sort of payment at the time of arrival, merely to be seen, and will not hesitate to turn patients away if some sort of advanced payment is not made. At public hospitals, patients will be hospitalized in case of emergencies, without advance payments. It is vital to ensure health insurance plans provides coverage overseas. Travelers should be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Travelers should consider informing themselves of insurance and flight options before leaving home.

Country-specific Vaccination and Health Guidance

The CDC offers additional information on vaccines and health guidance for Morocco.

OSAC Country Council Information

Due to Casablanca’s status as the commercial center of Morocco, and the volume of American businesses situated there, the OSAC Country Council resides in Casablanca. The Council is active and meets quarterly. Interested private-sector security managers should contact OSAC’s Middle East and North Africa team with any questions.  

U.S. Embassy Location and Contact Information

Embassy Address and Hours of Operation

U.S. Embassy Rabat

Km 5.7, Avenue Mohamed VI

Souissi, Rabat 10170 Morocco

Mon-Fri; 0815-1700

Embassy Contact Numbers

Switchboard: +212-537-63-7200

U.S. Mission Morocco Duty Officer (after hour emergencies only): +212-661-13-1939

Website: http://morocco.usembassy.gov/

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Consulate Casablanca: http://casablanca.usconsulate.gov/

Embassy Guidance

The Regional Security Offices at the U.S. Embassy in Rabat and at the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca remain the best sources of information for the latest on the security situation in Morocco. All travelers should enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

Additional Resources

Utilize the Morocco-specific information on Consular Affairs webpage for additional travel information and for the latest Travel Advisories and Public Announcements regarding the security/safety situation.