Traveling to Morocco from USA will be a charming journey of discovery and learning. The country is named by Thrillist as one of the best 19 destinations that should be seen in 2019.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Morocco is a country located in the northwest corner of Africa, covering an area slightly larger than California. The country enjoys good weather and is rich in heritage and culture, with nine UNESCO World Heritage sites.
It includes one of the oldest surviving cities in the world, with artifacts still made using the traditional ways of the 11th century. In addition, it possesses the most beautiful Kasbah in the world, which is served as a background for famous movies like Gladiator, Lawrance of Arabia, and recently Game of Thrones. Indeed, Morocco is rich in historic centers, old cities, and famous Kasbahs.
If you hold a U.S. passport, traveling to Morocco from USA is very easy. You don’t need a visa to visit it as long as your stay is for less than 90 days. To reach Morocco, the only option is to fly.
Before traveling to Morocco from USA
Morocco is slightly larger than California. Therefore, don’t expect a three-day weekend visit. You’ll need at least a week to explore this diversified country. If you don’t want to be rushed, ten days to two weeks will be enough. you can actually spend two nights in some places, and get some rest also.
Before you travel to Morocco, there are two options. The first is to travel by yourself, and the second is to book a tour with a Moroccan travel operator. If you opted for the first choice, you need to get information about the main destinations, the itinerary, the hotels, and the local guides in some Moroccan cities. You can find the main destinations here; however, if you want to customize your tour, you can see our tour samples to give you an idea.
Indeed, if you opted for the second choice. The tour operator manages everything starting from the car, the hotels, the guides.
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Moroccan people are so warm. So wherever you go, expect them to be interested and inviting you. They are so talkative and want to get to know people. Feel free to talk to them and they will be happy to talk. The average person speaks two languages, many speak French, and some English alongside with other languages. You’ll find that locals are keen to use languages.
Invitation to home is part and parcel of Moroccan culture. Moroccans are family-centered. Therefore, if they felt at ease with you, they will invite you. However, unlike Americans, people in Morocco ask personal questions. Therefore, don’t take it personally. It’s just their culture.
The only black side of Morocco is the abuse of some shopkeepers and street vendors. They keep insisting on tourists to buy things. However, don’t let that hinder your enjoyment. be confident and if you don’t like something, don’t buy it. Just say no and continue on your way. If you are a woman or accompanied by women, this article will help to avoid street harassment.
Traveling to Morocco from USA in a direct flight takes about 7 hours. Moreover, direct flights do not occur frequently. Therefore, you must check and take your precautions before you depart.
The non-stop flights are organized twice a week and often operated by Royal Air Maroc between New York’s JFK airport and Casablanca. However, if you don’t mind at least one intermediate stop, quite a few other airlines offer flights from the United States to Morocco, including Egypt Air, Air France, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Norwegian, Air Europa, and Condor.
You can check detail flights and compare flights in Jetradar‘s form below.
Europe offers more options for American travelers to Morocco. In addition, instead of traveling to the main Airport of Casablanca, you can use other Airport at Agadir, Fez, Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Rabat, and Tangier. These alternative destinations are accessible from a variety of European cities.
Traveling to Morocco from USA is a long-distance flight, so be prepared to spend some time in your seat. The flight time is likely to be around seven hours. The flights leave New York in the afternoon or the evening and arrive to Morocco early in the morning.
However, if you travel via Europe, the flight times are much shorter. For example from Amsterdam to Tangier, the flight takes only two hours, and it takes 4 hours to Marrakech. The closest European country is Spain.
Therefore, the flight takes only two hours to Marrakech. From Frankfurt, expect 4 hours to Marrakech and the same duration to Casablanca.
Finally, if you look for more details, you can check this article about the cheapest flights to Morocco from USA
Best Morocco Tour packages from USA
If you plan to traveling to Morocco from Usa, 10 days is the perfect time to discover the charming country of Morocco. In 10 days, you can spend enough time in Marrakech and Fez, you can see the blue city of Chefchaouen, and also traveling to the Sahara desert.
In addition, you can ride camels, camp in the desert, and hang out in exotic, yet charming markets of Morocco.
Still, some travelers have different choices. Some of them would like to stay more while others look for shorter periods. Therefore, Morocco Travel created all kinds of tours.
Nonetheless, you can modify, change, or start over your perfect tour. Each traveler is unique for us and we will do our best to make your dream vacation come true. Enjoy!
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Entry, Visa, and exit Requirements
traveling to Morocco from USA does not require a visa. However, the following conditions are important for your entry and exit.
- You must have a valid passport with at least one blank page.
- Visas are not required for visits lasting less than 90 days. However, for overstays that exceed 90 days, you must request an extension of stay.
- In case you lost your passport, you must contact the police and you need to provide the evidence of U.S. citizenship. In this case, you may visit U.S. Consulate General Casablanca to obtain a temporary emergency passport.
- Americans who plan to reside in Morocco must obtain a residence permit, (Certificat d’Immatriculation) Applications should be submitted to the “Bureau des Etrangers” of the Prefecture de Police or Commissariat Central in major cities, and to the Gendarmerie in remote areas and villages.
- Indeed, it is better to carry a copy of your U.S. passport with you at all times to have proof of identity and U.S. citizenship. This is important wherever you go in the world.
Traveling to Morocco from USA
Traveling to Morocco from USA will let you speechless. You will be amazed by the traditional culture of Morocco. You will see beautiful cities and traditional markets. Above all, you will ride camels and your camp in the desert.
Indeed, if you have visited Morocco before, drop a comment and share your story.