It is therefore important to be aware of this, as well as to keep in mind that the context affects subjectively the assessment.
Here are some guidelines to follow during your stay:
- It is always preferable to be discrete and courteous in all situations. Remember that you are a guest.
- Avoid bringing up controversial political or religious topics.
- Respect the essential ideals of Royalty and Islam. They are sacred to both the people and the authorities.
- It is strongly advised not to photograph religious buildings, military infrastructure, or official buildings.
- Avoid photographing anyone without their permission or taking many pictures of the same person. This might be considered an assault.
- Ask for permission to photograph a person or a private structure. If your request is rejected, do not insist and do not offer money to do it.
- Avoid giving money or gifts to youngsters in rural villages. They will eventually drop out of school and begin begging if they become used to it.
- Respect other’s privacy and avoid disturbing the environment, especially in rural communities.
- Hikes, picnics, treks, and camping should all be done with awareness for the biosphere. Some environments are extremely vulnerable and vital to the locals.
- If you are invited to a family meal, you must wait until the father of the house says “bismillah” (in the name of God).
- Take off your shoes before entering rooms.
- Do not provide alcohol to your guiding team when hiking or trekking.
- Non-Muslims are not permitted to visit mosques or mausoleum burial areas.
- Any attitude that could be interpreted as immoral should be avoided.
- Respect the times of prayer, especially that of noon every Friday.
- You must wear appropriate clothing and avoid dressing provocatively.
- Nudism and monokinis are illegal in lakes and swimming pools.
- It is not advisable to consume alcohol in public or in the open air.
- Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims. As a result, it is necessary to follow the mentioned instructions carefully during this month. During the day, you should avoid eating or smoking on the street.
- The feast of Al Adha, commonly known as the feast of the sheep, is highly respected by Muslims. It is not a good idea to mock or criticize the practice.
- Tips should be reasonable and depending on your level of satisfaction with the service. This is not a requirement, but rather an act of appreciation of the service.
Check out with your travel agency or on institutional websites for more information.
Local public order must not be broken:
- Homosexuality is a crime in Morocco, punished by three years in prison, while heterosexual harassment outside of marriage is illegal. Prostitution is also illegal.
- Rape, indecent assault, debauchery, and depravity are all punishable by severe penalties under local law. If the victim is a kid (under 18), the penalties, which can include up to 20 years in jail, are doubled. Perpetrators of pedophilia are sentenced to prison terms ranging from 5 to 30 years. Prosecutions of foreigners suspected of sexual crimes are becoming more common.
- The selling and use of drugs are forbidden. Possession of drugs, even in small amounts, is frequently subject to imprisonment.
- The same is applicable for the transportation of drugs, even if the carrier is unaware.
- We highly advise avoiding accepting packages or items to be transported abroad at the request of people met by coincidence during a tourist visit.
- Other, less serious crimes, such as issuing bounced checks, are punishable by heavy fines and prison.