Compare travel insurance for Morocco
Compare travel insurance for Morocco
Sunset camel rides. Moorish palaces nestled in palm groves. The buzzing marketplaces of Marrakech – just three reasons why millions of tourists visit Morocco each year. Here’s what you should know about Morocco travel insurance to keep you covered for your trip.
Why do I need travel insurance for Morocco?
It’s important to get travel insurance wherever you go, and it’s no different for Morocco. The right travel insurance will cover the cost of medical bills if you’re sick or injured during your trip and need private treatment.
Your travel insurance should also include cancellation cover, which could help you if you need to cancel or cut short your holiday due to illness or a family bereavement. The same cover can also mean you can claim back funds if you need to get an emergency flight home. If you have to cut short your holiday, tell your insurance provider before you head for home. They’ll need to know the reason before deciding whether to pay the costs.
Like many popular destinations, Morocco has areas with high crime rates. In Marrakech, you’ll need to be aware of pickpockets (they often use distraction techniques, so be vigilant). If you do fall victim to a crime, or if your belongings are lost or damaged, then you might be able to claim on your insurance.
On 7 September 2020, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updated the list of countries that are exempt from its ongoing advice against all non-essential international travel.
If you choose to travel overseas to a destination where the FCDO is advising against non-essential travel at the time of your departure, then your insurance policy will be invalid, and any claim likely to be rejected.
For domestic travel, please check the local public health rules for the destination you wish to travel to within the United Kingdom.
For more information, please see our coronavirus and travel insurance page.
What kind of travel insurance might I need for Morocco?
The type of cover you’ll need depends on what you plan to do during your trip. You might need:
European cover Although Morocco is in Africa, some providers consider the country as being in Europe for travel insurance purposes. However, the country isn’t covered by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Water sports travel insurance A standard travel insurance policy will typically cover you for low-risk sports only – check your policy for details of exactly what’s covered. If you’re planning on taking part in adventurous water sports, such as scuba diving, you may need specialist cover provided by water sports travel insurance. Check with your provider to see whether extra cover can be added to your policy. If not, find a specialist insurance provider who offers the level of cover you need.
Do I need a visa for Morocco?
Brits can visit Morocco for up to three months without a visa. Make sure your passport is stamped when you enter the country, as some tourists have experienced difficulty when leaving the country as their passport has no entry stamp.
Any other travel tips for Morocco?
Vaccinations You should see your doctor four to eight weeks before your trip – they might advise you to have vaccines for hepatitis A, typhoid and tetanus (these are usually free on the NHS).
Culture Morocco is governed by Islamic laws and you’ll need to be respectful of local customs, including a dress code for women (long skirts are preferred to those above the knee). While alcohol is served in bars and hotels in tourist areas, you can be arrested for drinking alcohol in the streets. Sexual relations outside of marriage are punishable by law, so hotels may insist on separate bedrooms if you can’t show proof of marriage. Public displays of affection should be avoided.
Tipping In restaurants, tipping between five and ten per cent is welcomed.