You will always get a better rate of exchange in Morocco , as the dirham is a closed currency and not normally available outside Morocco . So rates here are never good. Although your riad may not provide currency exchange , you will not have to go far to find a bank or bureau de change .
Euros and (US and CAD – not Australian) dollars are always accepted in Morocco and you will save time bringing cash to convert, doing away with bank lineups or non-active cash machines to acquire dirhams. You can also use your debit card at bank machines. Australian $ are not accepted at this time.
Morocco is a country with a big wealth gap. Haggling and negotiating over the price is an integral part of the Moroccan market experience. However, Morocco is still relatively cheap for many things and can be considered a budget destination if you bear these points in mind.
The economic system of the country is characterized by a large opening towards the outside world. In the Arab world, Morocco has the second-largest non-oil GDP, behind Egypt, as of 2017. Economy of Morocco .
|GDP rank||58th (nominal, 2019) 54th (PPP, 2019)|
|GDP growth||3.0% (2018) 2.3% (2019e) −1.7% (2020f) 5.5% (2021f)|
While meal prices in Morocco can vary, the average cost of food in Morocco is MAD114 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Morocco should cost around MAD46 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.
Cost of Living in Morocco
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||30.00MAD|
|Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course||200.00MAD|
|McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)||57.00MAD|
|Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)||30.00MAD|
Currency Import regulations: Local currency (Moroccan Dirham – MAD): amounts up to MAD 2,000. – tolerated: Foreign currencies: no limit. Amounts exceeding the equivalent of MAD 100,000.
You can use credit and debit card in towns and tourist areas in Morocco . Visa and Mastercard are most widely accepted. If you usually use an Amex card , you’ll need to take an alternative card or carry enough cash for your trip, as you may not be able to find an ATM to withdraw cash easily.
If you buy your Dirhams outside of Morocco you will probably not get as many when compared to getting them directly in Morocco . Best advice anyone would offer you is wait until you arrive and buy from a bureu de Change although quite a few favour Hotel Ali as the best place to get them.
Morocco travel adaptors For Morocco there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. Morocco operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.
It is true that most young Moroccan women don’t wear a veil – though they may well wear a headscarf – and in cities Moroccan women wear short-sleeved tops and knee-length skirts. But as a result, they may then suffer more harassment. Men may wear sleeveless T-shirts and above-the-knee shorts.
If you choose the skirt option, just be aware that most Moroccan women will not be wearing short skirts. Maxi dresses and maxi skirts are a great way to keep cool, but you might want to put a scarf around your shoulders if they are bare for both modesty and the sun.
Wearing a bikini off the beach however will be more frowned upon. So once swimming is done and you head back into town it’s a good idea to at least put on a swimsuit coverup. If you ‘re headed to a pool or private beach, wearing a two piece swimming suit is not a big deal at all.