Travelling to Morocco from UK is an exciting journey to the past. Morocco is the gateway to Africa and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you’ll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality.
There are several reasons that will encourage you to visit Morocco, we state just, for example, Old Imperial Cities With Plenty of History and Character, Gorgeous Beaches Along the Stretching Coastlines, Diverse Mountain Ranges, and Easy Access to the Stunning Sahara Desert.
Just like its geography, its weather is also diverse. All this makes Morocco a unique country where you can experience winter and summer on the same day.
Travelling to Morocco from UK requires some knowledge about the country. “Almost 700,000 visitors from the UK come to Morocco every year. Most visits are trouble-free,” According to the British Gouvernement. Therefore, as far as security is concerned, Morocco is a safe country.
In this article, we will shed light on all what you need to travel to Morocco. This includes visa requirements, flights, health, and how to travel inside Morocco.
About Travelling to Morocco from UK
Flights to Morocco from UK
Morocco has several airports that receive flights from the UK. The airports are scattered around the country. The larger one is in Casablanca and then In Marrakesh, Fez, Tangier, Agadir, and finally in Ouarzazate.
The average direct flight from UK to Morocco takes up to 5h 50m, covering a distance of 1384 miles. The most popular route is London. However, this flight time can vary according to each airport. For example from London to Marrakesh, the flight takes only 3h 25m.
In addition, there are numerous Airlines that organize direct flights to Morocco. They are EasyJet, Tui Airways, and British Airways. Royal Air Maroc organizes direct flights from Manchester and London Heathrow to Casablanca.
if you plan to spend a long time in Morocco, we advise you to book your flight to Casablanca. Generally, grand Morocco tours start there. However, if you plan to visit Morocco only for a short time, and your destination is the Sahara desert, then booking a flight to Marrakesh will be the best option. However, in case you plan to visit fez and Volubilis before heading over the desert, then booking a flight to Fez would be the best choice.
Entry, Visa, and exit requirements
Travelling to Morocco from UK does not require a visa for British citizens. However, if you are an international living in Uk, you need to check the visa requirement of your original country.
Nonetheless, British nationals need to check these conditions for safe travel to Morocco.
- British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. However, if you plan to stay for more than 3 months, you need to contact the Moroccan consulate in your country
- When entering Morocco, make sure your passport is stamped. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp.
- Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco.
- You should have a valid passport with at least one blank page.
- Make sure that your passport is not damaged before travelling. Some of Morocco Travel clients have been refused entry when travelling on damaged passports.
Health and Vaccinations
Generally, Morocco is safe as far as dangerous diseases are concerned. However, like other countries, There are some risks that are relevant to all travelers regardless of destination. These may, for example, include road traffic and other accidents, altitude, biting insects or ticks, influenza….
- There is a risk of altitude illness when travelling to destinations of 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) or higher. Morocco has several points higher than 2,500 meters. An example place of interest: Mt Toubkal 4,167m.
- Travellers should avoid insect and tick bites day and night. According to Travel Health Pro there are no vaccinations (or medications) to prevent these diseases.
- Seasonal influenza occurs throughout the world. In the northern hemisphere (including the UK), most influenza occurs from as early as October through to March. In the southern hemisphere, influenza mostly occurs between April and September.
Indeed, there is no considerable risk for travelling to Morocco from UK. However, while travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. If you experience some health issues, it is better to consult your doctor.
Travelling inside Morocco
There are two ways to travel around Morocco. The first one is to book a tour with a travel operator, like Morocco Travel; while the second way is to travel by yourself.
Travelling around with a travel operator
If you chose to travel with a travel operator, you get a comfortable service. In this case, you don’t have to worry about anything. The travel operator send a driver, who is also a guide, to meet you at the Airport, he drops you off at your hotel, and then you start your travel the next day.
This situation is better for people who want to see the most exotic places they can reach out by themselves. In addition, it shortens time since you have a car at your disposition and you need to wait for hours at taxi stations.
The price of tours varies based on many factors; the number of days, the type of accommodation, and the nature of service. Some operators have new cars, others old ones; some book in good hotels, others in cheap ones… Therefore, you should discuss the service before you book. The price generally reflect the type of service.
Morocco Travel offers all kind of tours; that includes customized tours. However, generally, there are 4 main tours.
Morocco Tours from Casablanca
They are generally long term tours addressed to travellers who want to spend more time in Morocco and discover the country in depth.
Tours from the old city, Fez
These tours serve travellers who like to visit the north and the center of Morocco. You can travel for example from tangier to Chefchaouen and then to Meknes and Fez.
Marrakesh desert tours
Generally, these tours are tailored for travellers who wish to visit the desert. They are short term tour, but can be extended to meet travellers requirements.
Travelling around Morocco by yourself
As we have seen before, travelling in Morocco is safe. However, you need to take some precautions vis-a-vis fake guides, taxi drivers, and some sellers.
While most Moroccans are honest and helpful, there will always be others who take advantage of tourists. If you find your self lost, look like you know where you’re going and try to ask someone who is looking good, wearing properly, and it is better if he/she looks as someone educated or a student. You will be surprised how helpful they will be.
As far as taxi drivers, they are most likely to charge you big prices. Therefore, negociate and always ask for reductions. Although price negotiation is not a habit in UK, but it is a normal practice in Morocco.
Concerning the sellers, unless you travel with an agent, negotiate the price. They often tend to exaggerate the price; therefore, if you find the product expensive, just don’t pay.
Finally, Morocco is a nice country and its people are loving. Make sure to read about its culture, its people before you come. This will help you having a wonderful vacation.
If you still have questions, please email us. We will do our best to help.