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Living in Morocco guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Morocco with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Covering an area of 446,550 km², Morocco is an emerging country of the African continent. The capital of Morocco is Rabat; Casablanca is the economic capital of the country. The official language of Morocco is Arabic.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Marriage procedures in Morocco are not complicated. However, they may be long, given the fact that you must obtain a certificate of legal capacity to marry, as well as the authorization of the Moroccan authorities.

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  • To travel to Morocco, you need to check if you need a visa. Citizens of some sixty countries can use their passport only to be allowed on the Moroccan territory.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • If you wish to work in Morocco, you will have to apply for a residence permit. This will allow you to stay in the country for more than three months. This has to be done within 15 days following your arrival in Morocco.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in Morocco? The digital nomad's guide to Morocco will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Internship opportunities are numerous in Morocco. As an international student, you must obtain an authorization for entry which will allow you to stay for a period of three months in the country. You must also have proof of your internship.

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  • In Agadir, Morocco, the most recruiting fields are hospitality, information and communication technologies, transportation and logistics. But it is also possible to find a job in the sectors of trade, food and industry.

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  • The labor market in Marrakech is quite open to expatriates. To be able to work in the city, you need a valid passport and a resident permit. You must also make sure that your contract has been approved by the Ministry of Employment of Morocco.

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  • Tangier is a highly active city due to the numerous economic activities taking place every day. You can easily find a job in the port sector, the EPZ or tourism.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Different types of accommodation are available in Morocco. You can choose among riads, villas and appartements, according to your budget and preferences. Note that rent usually has a three year duration.

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  • The city of Meknes, Morocco, offers a variety of accommodations. Many expatriates have settled there in apartments and villas. You can buy or rent a home according to your budget and your preferences.

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  • Many apartments and villas are available for sale or for rent in several neighborhoods of the city of Fez. Housing prices are relatively lower than in other Moroccan cities. The real estate market is in decline for some time.

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  • Different neighborhoods of the port city of Essaouira, Morocco, offer a wide range of housing: lofts, apartments, villas, guest houses. Many expats have settled in this region which has a historical and cultural character.

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  • The city of Agadir, Morocco, offers a wide variety of accommodation: hotels, apartments, houses, villas. Rent prices start as from 3,000 dirhams and can reach 30,000 dirhams. In addition, many residential neighborhoods have a high concentration of expatriates.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Morocco has many universities where you can pursue your higher studies. To be eligible to enroll in a Moroccan university, you have to hold a baccalaureate or an equivalent. Your embassy or consulate shall guide you throughout the procedures.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • You are advised to purchase health insurance before traveling to Morocco. Remember to update your vaccination certificate especially against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A and B. Once in the country, you are advised to avoid consuming tap water and to not expose your skin to the sun.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • In Morocco, you can open a bank account in foreign currency or in dirhams. Note however that bank transactions are possible only with the bank where you have opened your account.

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  • A guide to opening a bank account in Morocco, reasons for keeping a bank account open in your home country and how to send, and receive money transfers while in Morocco. The article also includes several banks for opening accounts, information about using ATM's in Morocco, and bringing foreign cur

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • In Morocco, both individuals and companies are subject to tax. There are different types of taxes: income tax, corporate income tax, value added tax, etc. Income tax is deducted directly on the payment of salary by the employer.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • All Moroccan cities offer an elaborate transport system: planes, trains, buses, minibuses. The Moroccan government is investing in the installation of high-speed rail throughout the country. You can also travel by taxi or rent a car.

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  • Tips for those new to Marrakech on negotiating your way around the taxis...

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • If you are staying for one year in Morocco, you will be able to drive using an international driver's licence. Otherwise, you will have to obtain a Moroccan driver's licence. You are advised to drive carefully in the country.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • To move your belongings to Morocco, you are advised to hire an international mover. The latter will take care of all the removal formalities on your behalf. You must however make sure to insure your belongings.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • To be able to make phone calls in Morocco, choose one of the telephone operators to obtain a land line. You can also buy a Moroccan SIM card to use your mobile phone. To use payphones, you can buy prepaid cards.

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  • If you want access to the Internet in Morocco, you can choose among the different service providers in the country. Wi-Fi is not very widespread, but you can go to a cyber cafe if you do not have a computer at home or a mobile phone.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Discovering Morocco means to mix with its culture and traditions. The country has a lot to teach you about its rich heritage and has many places of interest where you can enjoy your free time.

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  • There are many pre-primary schools and daycare centers in Morocco to welcome your children aged from four to six. Your child's education will be done through learning the alphabet and numbers, language development and reading, and many other activities.

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  • If you are traveling to Morocco from a European country with your pet, he must hold a European passport and a health certificate. His vaccination must also have been updated before departure.

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