CAN YOU SAFELY TRAVEL TO MOROCCO? 9 SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR TRAVEL
You will feel the attention as you walk through the medinas in tangier. “Can you tell me where you’re headed? I’ll be happy to accompany you. It is free. Don’t be concerned!” As they chased you along the street, the medina’s phony guides will try to convince you.
Respond, “No, I’m OK,” and attempt to avoid them at all costs. Going to turn on side streets, pausing to look at a map, or enjoying a view will prompt them and any surrounding seller to rush on you and pressure you to go into shops, eateries, and attractions.
I can see why people say that being safe in Morocco necessitates extra caution, after spending two weeks in Morocco. While it wasn’t as awful when I was with my group, it was indeed hard to manage when I tried to go solo.
I messaged my friends online to see if I was overreacting or if they felt the same way as me as I relaxed into my room in Story Rabat, one of the 5-star hotels in Rabat, Morocco to unwind. The general response was, “Nope, it isn’t just you.”
The Best Ways to Stay Safe in Morocco
Morocco is a safe destination to visit. As a visitor, you are unlikely to be assaulted or gravely injured because there is only a minor crime (scams and pickpockets). Tourists can now travel freely across Morocco without fear of being attacked. You must be extra cautious as a solitary female traveler, but you are unlikely to have major challenges.
Traveling in Morocco necessitates extra caution because it is all too easy for things to go wrong. The petty crime and harassment in Morocco make you more vigilant than in other nations and because of that, you’re unlikely to ever be in serious danger in this country. You can, however, leave Morocco unharmed and without incident provided you follow a few simple principles.
Nine suggestions for protecting oneself in Morocco:
Be conservative in your attire.
Morocco is a strict Muslim country where wearing revealing attire is not appropriate. To prevent unwanted attention and to comply with local customs, keep your arms, shoulders, and legs clothed (particularly if you are a woman).
Tour guides should be avoided.
Those that say “no money” are most likely after your cash. They will attempt to persuade you to visit their stores or bring you somewhere and then demand payment for their services. Say no firmly. If they start walking with you, they will demand money, regardless of their age or how friendly they are. Trust only the tour guides recommended by the accommodations in Morocco.
Don’t go out late at night by yourself.
Walking at night requires caution while strolling in well-lit and busy locations is fine. In the medinas, you never know what’s around the corner. Particularly against tourists, petty crime is prevalent in this area.
If you’re a woman, don’t stroll alone.
When a woman is alone, she will draw a lot of unwanted attention from men, as well as an increased danger of being harassed. They drew a lot of attention even when I was on my excursion with the girls. So, it is advisable not to stroll alone at night.
Jewelry that sparkle should be avoided.
This is a good general rule, people will regard jewelry as a sign of affluence and will try harder to con you in shops or steal from you on the street.
Valuables should not be carried.
Leave your hotel or hostel with only the essentials, because pickpockets and muggings do happen. Leave your passport at the hotel and don’t take it with you! When my guide found out that a couple of individuals on my trip were carrying it about, he looked like he was going to pass out!
Always haggle cab fares in advance.
As prices will be significantly higher once you reach your location, always haggle the price before getting in when taking a cab.
Back alleys are not to be trusted.
The medina’s narrow lanes are charming to wander around, but they may also make you an easy victim for con artists and robbers. Avoid straying very far from the people.
Be on the lookout for scammers.
If anybody invites you inside their store for tea, they will use it as an excuse to persuade you to buy anything, and you will most likely give in due to the entrenched psychological concept of reciprocity. Once they’ve had you, they’ll insist on you trying on clothes, buying anything, or handing over money. Say “no thank you” and leave.
Although this is sound advice in any destination, Morocco is extremely serious due to the immense quantity of individuals who will pay you unwanted attention. It requires a lot of energy to be constantly on the lookout in a city where inquiring for directions frequently leads to people demanding money.
Is traveling to Morocco Safe? For the most part, yes. However, visiting Morocco needs a little more grit and a keen eye for vulnerabilities. It necessitates a degree of skepticism on your part.
Instead of touring the nation on your own, I recommend taking a tour. Furthermore, public transit is difficult to use in isolated deserts and mountains. Thousands of individuals, however, come here by themselves and are alright. You’ll be fine visiting Morocco if you’re comfortable in unpleasant situations and in a fast-paced environment.
I would strongly advise anyone to visit the nation but have an extra eye out and a thick skin for all the folks trying to sell you stuff! Morocco may not be easy, but it is well worth the trip — and it is far safer than you may imagine!
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