5-Minute Travel Security Brief for Morocco
Every Thursday we deliver a 5-Minute Travel Security Report with practical advice and insights so that you can explore the world safely!
This week we’re focusing on the only North African country with a monarchy …Morocco!
Morocco Travel Security Brief
Before we get into the Travel Security Brief remember that this is a Quick Security Brief and our goal is to empower you with a solid security foundation NOT to sell you on a travel package. Now for the briefing:
Morocco is located in the northwest corner of Africa and is bordered by the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Algeria and Western Sahara are the land borders to the south and east. Morocco is about the same size as California. And let’s face it, Morocco is down right beautiful!
Demonstrations occur frequently in Morocco, and are typically about internal issues dealing with local politics. Although many protests take place throughout the year they are mostly peaceful and not directed at foreigners.
The Buddy System
It is important to note that visitors, especially females, should strongly consider traveling with a buddy. Traveling in pairs is a good practice in any major city. However, in Morocco many travelers have noted that Western women receive frequent unwanted attention and solicitation.
Public transportation is somewhat reliable in Morocco. Drivers often do not follow road safety rules or traffic laws, and many vehicles lac proper maintenance. Watch belongings on any type of public transport.
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According to the U.S. Department of State, Casablanca is considered a HIGH-threat location and Rabat MEDIUM-threat location for crime directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests.
The government of Morocco’s 2020 Crime Rate Report highlighted an 8.6% decrease in violent crimes in 2019, noting that law enforcement ultimately resolved 90% of cases. The report also noted increased efforts to combat criminal networks, particularly those involved in illegal immigration and forgery.
The U.S. Department of State has assessed Casablanca and Rabat as being MEDIUM-threat locations for terrorism directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests.
The Government of Morocco is very proactive when it comes to counterterrorism. The Moroccan security forces have foiled countless terrorists organizations, plots, and low level criminals.
Cybercrime in Morocco thus far remains generally limited to common scams requesting money up front for promised services, or chances to obtain more money with a down payment.
ATMs are generally safe when taking normal precautions. There have been several recent reported cases of debit/credit card fraud. In all cases, the victims reported money withdrawn from their accounts after using their cards at ATMs, or their credit cards being billed for unaccounted charges after using them at local establishments.
Health & Safety
Morocco has adequate medical services in the larger cities, but the quality of care diminishes elsewhere. The medical facilities and hospitals in Rabat and Casablanca can treat most general illnesses, and can provide emergency trauma care. However, specialized care is not as easily accessible in Morocco as in Western countries.
Consider insurance and flight options before leaving home, and be sure to carry insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance. The U.S. Department of State strongly recommends purchasing international health insurance before traveling internationally. Review the State Department’s webpage on insurance overseas.
@DavidSecurity Travel Rating
Overall I give Morocco a 4.6 out of 5 in terms of Travel Safety.
The bottom line is that when visiting Morocco, think & act like you would in any major city. Pay attention to your surroundings and avoid playing the role of the clueless tourist.
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