Traveling to Morocco from USA will be a charming journey of discovery and learning. The country is named by Forbes as the fourth best place to visit in the world.
“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 produced using the traditional ways of the 11th century. In addition, it possesses the famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou which is served as a background for many popular Hollywood movies like Gladiator, Lawrance of Arabia, and recently Game of Thrones. Morocco is rich with 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.
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.
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 have 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, but if you want to customize your tour, you can see our tour samples to give you an idea.
Finally, if you have opted for the second choice. The tour operator manages everything for you starting from the car, the hotels, the guides, and the destinations. The tour operator saves you time and effort. However, you pay for his services.
You can read more about our Morocco Tours from USA
Moroccan people are so warm. So wherever you go, expect them to be interested and invite you. They are so talkative and want to get to know you. 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 and if they felt at ease with you, they will invite you. However, unlike Americans, they ask personal questions. Consequently, don’t take it personally. It’s just a cultural thing.
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 woman, this article will help to avoid street harassment.
Flight Options to Morocco from USA
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.
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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
Traveling to Morocco from Usa will ba a charming journy if you spend at least 10 days in Morocco. In 10 days, you can spend enough time in Marrakech and Fez, you can see the blue city of Chefchaouen, and also travel to the Sahara desert.
You can also ride camels, camp in the desert, and hang out in exotic but charming markets.
If you book 12 days Morocco Tour, then you can see both cities Essaouira and Chefchaouen alongside other interesting locations like the Desert and Marrakech. However, 14 Days itinerary offers it all with a relaxed pace.
Yet, 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 for you. Nonetheless, you can modify, change, or customize your perfect tour. Each traveler is unique for us and we will do our best to make his dream vacation come true. Enjoy!
Please check Morocco Tour Packages from USA for more information. However, if you are confused about what to see and what not, please contact us and we will guide you to customize your trip. It’s all what we do with our traveller. Please contact us HERE
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.
Moroccan people are different in terms of their culture and habit, therefore, be open and keep your smile. Bring a good camera because you adventure will be full of “déjà vu.” You will see many places that you have seen on Star Wars, Prince of Persia, Babel, Clipatra, Game of Thrones, and so on.
As far as tours are concerned, it is advised to book long term tours. Morocco worths your visit and for sure you will like it. Therefore, be ready to spend at least 10 days. Yet, Morocco Travel is able to book tours starting from 3 days. Therefore, don’t hesitate to ask for advice.