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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.

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.

Josh Daniels
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Posted 01 FEBRUARY 2021

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.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 

A travel traffic light system has been introduced for international travel. From 19 July 2021, trips to green and amber listed countries are legally permitted if you live in England and Scotland. However, you’ll still need to fulfil any pre-departure requirements, such as testing. If you live in Wales and Northern Ireland, you still need to follow the rules for your relevant local authority.

If a country is on the green or amber list, you still need to check the latest travel advice and entry requirements for each country you visit or transit through. This is to ensure you’re aware of any specific requirements relating to entry and to check travellers from the UK are permitted. Countries can have their traffic light status changed at short notice and you should take this into consideration when looking to travel. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice for the latest information.

The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to red listed countries. Should you choose to travel against the FCDO rules, you will not be covered by any travel insurance policy you purchase. Some providers do offer cover for international travel if you’re travelling for essential purposes, however most do not. In all cases, should you have any queries please check the policy wording or contact your chosen provider before purchasing to ensure the cover meets your needs.

Travel within England, Scotland and Wales is permitted under the current guidelines. However, public health rules and lockdown restrictions continue to vary, including entry restrictions for Northern Ireland. Check the latest guidance from the official tourism boards for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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The Money and Pensions Service (MaPs) has launched a directory of insurance providers on its Money Advice Service website that may be able to provide quotes over the phone, if you have more serious medical conditions. Find more information at the Money Advice Service or by calling the British Insurance Brokers’ Association on 0370 950 1790.

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) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).

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.

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