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Find information on general health recommendations, types of hospitals and clinics, and health insurance for expats in Morocco.

Before you go

Before you move to Morocco, seek information on the necessary vaccinations to be done before you travel. No specific vaccination is recommended, but you must be up to date in regard to pandemic vaccines including tetanus, diphtheria, typhoid, hepatitis A and B, as well as cholera and polio in terms of prevention. You are strongly advised to be vaccinated against rabies if you are staying in a rural area in Morocco.

General recommendations

Be aware that water and food-related diseases such as traveler's diarrhea, typhoid, and intestinal parasites are very common in this region of Africa. Do not drink tap water in rural areas, and be careful about eating uncooked food. Tap water is safe to drink in developed cities, but some dislike the taste and prefer to buy bottled water.

Remember to protect yourself against the sun and heat. Wear hats and sunglasses whenever you go out as ultraviolet rays are strong in Morocco. Always apply sunscreen.

Public and Private Systems

Morocco has both public hospitals and private clinics.  Expats generally avoid the public hospitals, as the wait times are very long and the care is usually of worse quality than in private clinics. Private clinics are less affordable, but doctors are generally very qualified, with many of them having completed their studies in France or elsewhere in Europe. Clinics can often offer excellent care from very qualified doctors at reasonable prices.

Good to know:

The Moroccan healthcare system is similar to in France, where patients must go to clinics outside of the hospital for certain tests or services.  Medications are usually bought in local pharmacies.

Health insurance in Morocco

Although the health system is accessible to expats, insurance is only provided by employers.  Not all companies pay for their employees to receive health benefits, and some more complex treatments may be challenging to access in the country. Receiving compensation for medical care can also require multiple visits to the insurance agency. Consider subscribing to health insurance in your country before starting your expatriation project.

 Good to know:

The current Moroccan health care system is not very developed. However, the Moroccan government has initiated a reform process in order to strengthen the system and improve the quality of services provided to residents and expatriates.

 Useful links:

April International
International Health Insurance
Cigna
Ministry of Health of Morocco

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