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This week we visit: Kingdom of Morocco
Ok, so you’re thinking about visiting the Kingdom of Morocco. Well, here are a couple of safety tips to keep in mind when traveling there.
Since 2011, there have been demonstrations and protests across the country. In general, demonstrations have been peaceful but there have been isolated incidents of vandalism.
You should always follow local and international news and take proper security precautions. Avoid political gatherings by all means. Always observe instructions given by the local security authorities.
Avoid areas that you don’t know after dark. Don’t carry large amounts of money or valuables with you.
Carjacking incidents also occur. You should avoid stopping at the side of the road and keep vehicle doors locked and windows closed at all times.
Petty crime is common. Credit card fraud such as substituting inferior goods for those that were actually bought is also common. Intimidation is sometimes used to force foreigners to buy goods, so you should remain alert to potential tricks.
Morocco has a poor road safety record. Leave plenty of time to reach your destination and stay within speed limits.
If you are involved in a minor car accident, you should complete a ‘Constat Amiable’ form, to be signed by both parties. The blank forms are available at the Tangier port from the insurance company booths, or you can get it from tobacconists in all cities.
If you enter Morocco with a vehicle, the registration number will be entered in the immigration information. If you are not in possession of the same vehicle when leaving the country, you won’t be allowed to exit the country.
When visiting the medinas, make sure the guide you use has the agreement of the local tourist authorities, and an official badge. Harassment of tourists by men pretending to be official tourist guides is common. There have also been reports of tourists being harassed on Moroccan trains.