IS MOROCCO SAFE? THAT’S WAHT WE’LL FIND OUT, WE’LL GIVE 9 TIPS WILL KEEP YOU SAFE DURING YOUR ADVENTURE IN MOROCCO.
As I was walking through Fez, I felt eyes. “Where are you going? Do you want to go to the tanneries? I’ll take you. No money. Don’t worry!” Fake guides in the city said, chase me on the street.
I replied, “No, I’m fine”, and I try to avoid it at every turn. I turned on the side streets, or stopped looking at the map, or liked the view, and they and any other seller in the neighbourhood made me jump and bother me and invite me to shops, restaurants and attractions.
There were times when I would just block the streets to tell me my sense of caution about turning. Some men tried to park before I could sneak into the store. Heck, even a little boy tried to take my pocket. While other cities were not as intense as Fes, my visit to Morocco required thick skin and an alert eye.
Before my trip to Morocco, I asked a number of friends about their experiences. I had heard terrible stories about statements, harassment, pickpockets and fraud. Although this is common everywhere, travel to Morocco seems to take it to another level. “Watch out,” everyone warns.
Two weeks after visiting Morocco (which is amazing – check out this article, I love everywhere!) With Intrepid Travel on their tour of Morocco, I can see why people say that Morocco needs more care when it comes to staying safe in Morocco. Lots of cheers, scammers and stalkers, and although it wasn’t bad when I was with my group, when I was alone, it was intense. When I settled in the famous and isolated Café Clock in Fez to relax, I sent a message to other Internet writers asking me whether I was overly responding or feeling the same way.
“No, not only you,” was the global response.
How to keep yourself safe in Morocco
In fact, Morocco is a safe place to visit. There is only a very small crime (scams and pickpockets), and you are not likely to be attacked or seriously injured as a tourist in the country. Morocco is very safe for tourists now. As a solo traveller, you should be more careful, but overall, you are not likely to encounter serious problems.
Traveling to Morocco requires more vigilance because something is easy to do. You are not likely to be in real physical danger in Morocco, but petty crime and harassment compels you to remain vigilant more than any other country. However, if you follow a few rules, you can leave Morocco unharmed and without any effect.
Here are some of my nine tips on how to stay safe when visiting Morocco:
- Do not walk alone at night – while walking in well lit and crowded areas can be good, be careful walking at night. You never know what is hiding around the city. A small crime here, especially against tourists.
- Do not walk alone if you are a woman – a single woman will attract a lot of undue attention from men, the greater the opportunity to follow and the possibility of groping. Even when I was with girls on my trip, they caught a lot of attention. I can only imagine how bad it was when they were alone. And as a woman, do not walk alone at night!
- Conservative dress – Morocco is a conservative Islamic country, and it is not appropriate to wear tight clothing. Keep your arms, shoulders, and legs covered (especially if you are a woman) to avoid unwanted attention and compliance with local standards.
- Avoid glamorous jewelry – it is a good global rule, it requires more urgency in a country where theft is widespread and people will see the jewelry as a sign of wealth and thus they will try to pull you in the stores or steal you in the street.
- Don’t hold valuables – assaults and pickpockets are common, take the minimum you need when leaving the hotel or hostel. Don’t take your passport with you – leave it at the hotel! A few people took them during my visit with them and when he found out my guide, he seemed to have a heart attack!
- Avoid alleys – the small alleys of Medina are nice to explore but sometimes they make you easy prey for scammers and thieves. Do not venture out of the crowd.
- Watch out for scams – if someone asks you in their cafe, they should Use it as an excuse to get you to buy something, and thanks to the inherent psychological idea of reciprocity, you will likely give up. Don’t let anyone ask you to write a letter or read a postcard that “his cousin” sends to them in English / French / whatever your mother tongue is. It is a trick to get you into her store and exhaust yourself. Same with letting someone put henna on your hand. Once these sellers get you, they will be relentlessly about trying clothes, buying something, or giving them money. Say “No thanks” and get away.
- Say No to Tour Guides – People who say “No money” really want your money. They will try to get you into their stores or take you and ask for money for the service. Be firm and tell them not. Regardless of age or benefit, if they start walking with you, they will ask you for money!
- Always negotiate taxi rates in advance – always negotiate taxi fares before boarding, as prices will be greatly inflated upon reaching your destination.
Although this is a good tip for any country, Morocco is denser than your usual destination due to the large number of people who will provide you with unwanted attention. It always requires you to always be alert in a place where requesting directions often simply causes money.
Is Morocco safe? Most of them. But visiting Morocco requires you to be a little more difficult and keep an eagle out of trouble. This forces you to be a little bit more skeptical.
I was isolated because I was on a tour, but when I was alone or with a few people, people went out of the woodwork, called my friends, grabbed the girls and blocked the entrances to the restaurants to direct us. Even after ten years traveling, I found myself wanting a companion to share the mental burden and screaming, “Leave me alone so I can enjoy your country!”
Many people have asked me if they should go to Morocco on my own.
My sincere answer? If you are traveling for the first time, this can be difficult.
It was my first time in North Africa and that was a modification for me (I have a very experienced traveler). I was happy to be on a tour with a guide. If you don’t have much travel experience or if you are a woman traveling alone, this could be a lot. I could suggest starting with a tour instead of exploring the country alone. In addition, it is difficult to enter the desert and remote mountains thanks to public transportation. I wouldn’t go here either because everyone is running around the curves of the mountain
However, thousands of people come here alone and they are fine. If you are feeling well in uncomfortable situations and a hectic environment, you can visit Morocco!
Morocco was a battery in my senses – food, colors, spices, scents and unforgettable landscapes. (Also the doors – they have colorful and decorative doors in Morocco. I have dozens of pictures of the doors.)
I recommend 100% anyone to visit the country, but be sure to watch the eye (especially Fez) and have thick skin for anyone asking you to buy things!
Morocco will not be easy but it deserves this role – it is safer than you think!