Are there unsafe areas in Meknes Morocco

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COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.
Before unnecessary, tourist tripsto Morocco will currently warned.

Epidemiological situation

Morocco is still classified as a risk area.
The Moroccan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide current and detailed figures.

entry

Travelers from Germany (regardless of nationality) are refused entry to Morocco. This means that it is no longer possible to enter Morocco with transit flights or via third countries. All regulations for entry into Morocco that were previously valid for travelers from Germany are no longer in force.

The airspace to Morocco is still fundamentally closed and ferry traffic is discontinued.
The border crossings in Ceuta and Melilla are closed, an opening is not in sight. The land border with Algeria is closed, so entry and exit from Morocco is currently only possible under special conditions with special flights as transfer connections via a few non-European destinations.

Transit and onward travel

National / public transport connections (flight, train, bus and taxi offers) are available to a limited extent. Access to the airports in all cities should still be possible.

Travel connections

Direct flight connections from Morocco to Germany or to Europe and from Europe to Morocco are suspended until further notice. Continental flights from numerous other countries are also prohibited. It is not possible for people residing in Germany to enter, regardless of their nationality. Exceptions are not known.

The digital entry registration required to enter Germany must be presented at the check-in counter in Morocco when leaving Morocco. There may be short-term changes to the conditions and cancellations or flight cancellations without prior notice. Travelers must contact the providers immediately to clarify possible connections. The special regulations apply until further notice.

Restrictions in the country

The state of emergency and a night curfew as well as a ban on gatherings apply until June 10, 2021. Local regulations and restrictions may also apply.

Entry and exit from the prefectures of Tangier, Tétouan, Fès, Meknes, Casablanca, Berrechid, Settat and Marrakech is only possible with special permission from the local authorities. Public transport in the prefectures mentioned is greatly reduced. The Moroccan authorities can issue a certificate to leave the accommodation in urgent cases. The German embassy in Rabat offers a French-language sample.

Public transport is limited. Many hotels are closed. Compliance with the imposed restrictive measures is increasingly monitored by the local security forces.

Hygiene rules

Nationwide, it is mandatory to wear mouth and nose protection outside of your own home. This also applies to journeys in motor vehicles, provided that not only family members of a household are traveling in a vehicle. Violations are punished with fines.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
  • Inquire about the applicable regulations and possible exceptions when entering the country from the responsible Moroccan authorities and diplomatic missions abroad. This is especially true if you have a confirmation of reservation for a ferry or a flight.
  • Check your travel plans regularly and be sure to contact your tour operator, airline or ferry company to check future travel options.

  • As a car traveler, find out more about the Moroccan customs authorities.

  • Keep yourself informed about current developments at the German embassy in Rabat when you are in the country.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, proof and, if necessary, quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the relevant company or your tour operator, and if you are entering from a risk area, contact the health department of your residence or travel agency Place of residence. Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

Limited consular support

Morocco has unilaterally suspended cooperation with German institutions. This also applies to consular matters.

  • When dealing with Moroccan authorities, be aware that consular support from the German embassy in Rabat can currently only be provided to a very limited extent.

security

We strongly advise against traveling to the Western Sahara area.

From trips to the immediate border region with Algeria with the exception of the tourist routes to Zagora (Draa Valley) and Erfoud / Merzouga is not advised.

terrorism

Despite considerable security measures, there is a risk of terrorist attacks.
In December 2018, two tourists on a hiking tour near Mont Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains became victims of a violent crime with a terrorist background.

  • Avoid traveling alone and away from roads and slopes.
  • Go on trekking tours in the mountain regions and off-road tours in the desert areas (Zagora / Merzouga) only in a group and with registered tour guides who are knowledgeable about the country.
  • If necessary, ask the Moroccan police authorities about the security situation for tours on a daily basis.
  • Please also note the worldwide safety information.

Domestic situation

From trips to the immediate border region with Algeria with the exception of the popular tourist routes to Zagora (Draa Valley) and Erfoud / Merzouga is not advised. The land border with Algeria has been closed since 1994.

Demonstrations can develop spontaneously and unexpectedly. Most recently, there have been unauthorized protests in various cities in Morocco and, in isolated cases, violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces. The protests are mostly sparked by economic and social grievances.

  • Do not try to cross the country border into Algeria.
  • Find out about the local media and keep a close eye on the political situation.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds in large areas.

Western Sahara

We strongly advise against traveling to the Western Sahara area.

Consular care is not possible there. There is a significant risk of being kidnapped. Away from paved roads and especially in the border regions with Mauritania, there is also a threat from mines and non-detonated ordnance of all kinds, including at the border crossing point to Mauritania.
The border wall between the part of the Western Sahara controlled by Morocco and the part of the Western Sahara controlled by the Frente Polisario is a restricted area.

  • Do not leave the main route Laayoune - Dakhla - Mauritanian border.

Rif Mountains

Cannabis is grown in the Rif Mountains (northeast Morocco). In individual cases there may be harassment by drug dealers.

  • Don't travel the Rif Mountains alone.
  • Do not be tempted to buy drugs. Possession of drugs is criminally prosecuted in Morocco and leads to severe imprisonment.

crime

There is an increased risk of robbery and theft, particularly in the vicinity of tourist attractions and historic city centers. Attackers can be under the influence of drugs. Property crimes are common, especially in large cities. In some cases, cutting and stabbing weapons are also used against tourists.

  • In the event of a robbery, do not resist and try to remain calm.
  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Take only the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables and only a color copy of your passport.
  • Be vigilant when asking for directions and using ATMs. False guides and aggressive begging are widespread.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

Morocco lies in a seismically active zone, which is why earthquakes can occur.

The climate ranges from Mediterranean on the north and Atlantic on the west coast to desert inland.

In the rainy season from November to March, especially in the high Atlas Mountains, flooding can occur.

  • Always observe prohibitions, information signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.
  • Familiarize yourself with earthquake behavioral guidelines. These are provided by the fact sheets of the German Research Center for Geosciences.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

Morocco has a good transport infrastructure in the larger cities and with overland connections.

Great caution is required in traffic. Drivers and pedestrians alike cannot rely on mutual consideration or compliance with traffic regulations. You can also expect pedestrians and animals or unlit vehicles on motorways. The enforcement of justified claims for damages is hardly possible.

  • Avoid driving at night.
  • Make sure you have adequate insurance cover, if possible fully comprehensive and occupant protection.

Driving license

The national German driving license is sufficient for a stay of up to one year. For a longer stay, a Moroccan driver's license must be applied for.

Special rules of conduct / Ramadan

The vast majority of Moroccans are conservative in their values ​​and maintain a traditional understanding of their roles. Women traveling alone should appear cautious and show healthy distrust.

Extramarital relationships are punishable by law. It is not uncommon for hotels to ask couples to present a marriage certificate upon check-in and, if such proof cannot be presented, to insist on separate rooms.

Alcohol can be bought in certain stores. It is also served in some hotels and restaurants in cities. However, it is not allowed to drink alcohol on the street or in places other than an approved restaurant or bar. Violation can lead to arrest.

During the fasting month of Ramadan, restrictions in everyday life outside the tourist centers (e.g. restaurant closings during the day, reduced working hours for authorities) and increased sensitivity to questions of respect for Islamic traditions can be expected. It is recommended not to eat, drink, or smoke in public. This is of course possible in restaurants that offer meals during the day.

LGBTIQ

Same-sex relationships can be prosecuted in Morocco.

Legal specifics

In Morocco, drug possession is punishable by imprisonment of up to ten years as well as heavy fines and customs fines. Even the possession of the smallest amounts is a criminal offense.

Extra-marital and same-sex sexual relationships are criminal offenses in Morocco.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). Credit cards are widely accepted, especially in tourist areas. In smaller hotels and shops as well as in remote regions you can only pay in cash. Cash can be withdrawn with a credit card at the appropriately marked ATMs. In the case of a bank card, this depends on the contractual terms of the financial institution.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:

Travel documents must be valid at the time of entry for at least the duration of the stay in Morocco. It is not possible to leave the country with an expired passport.

Entry is only possible with a German identity card Not possible. Travelers who only have an identity card (also in the context of tourist groups or charter flights) cannot enter Morocco and must take the next possible flight back. The German embassy in Rabat cannot issue a passport substitute in these cases.

visa

German citizens do not need a visa for tourist and business purposes for up to 90 days.

A longer stay constitutes a violation of the right of residence and is punishable under criminal law.

An extension of the stay is generally not possible, unless a complete application with proof of financial resources, possibly an employment contract in Morocco and a reason why a longer stay is necessary, is submitted to the immigration police.

The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers detailed information on immigration and consular matters in German.

Minors

For minors traveling unaccompanied by their legal guardian, a declaration of consent to travel, a copy of the minor's birth certificate and a copy of the legal guardian's passport should be carried along with them. If you have different surnames, it is also advisable to take your parents' marriage certificate with you.

Dual state

People who have both German and Moroccan citizenship can usually enter and leave the country with a German passport, but in most cases must also present their Moroccan identity card (CNIE = Carte national d’identité éléctronique). The possession of the Moroccan identity card is required by law for Moroccan citizens aged 16 and over. Attention: The return of the Moroccan passport to a Moroccan diplomatic mission abroad on the occasion of the naturalization in the German state association does not lead to the loss of the Moroccan citizenship so that this group of people is still Moroccan citizens for the Moroccan authorities.

Import regulations

Strict foreign exchange regulations apply in Morocco: foreign currencies must be declared when the equivalent value of 100,000 dirhams or more.
Tourists may import or export a maximum of 2,000 dirhams.

The import of all types of aerial drones is prohibited. Moroccan Customs and the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs provide further information on the import of goods and current currency regulations.

Import of a vehicle

A motor vehicle imported on arrival must be exported again on departure. Otherwise, the exit will be refused and there is a risk of high customs fines (also for accident vehicles). A “Green Insurance Card” valid for Morocco must be carried with you and is occasionally required by the police, in any event in the event of an accident.

Imported vehicles that are not re-exported (e.g. in the event of a sale, accident) must be cleared through customs.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

measles

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

For entry from countries with a current outbreak of poliomyelitis, see also the information sheet on poliomyelitis, an international vaccination certificate is required for a polio vaccination that was carried out 12 months to 4 weeks before leaving the country with a poliomyelitis outbreak.

No vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
  • Hepatitis A is recommended as travel vaccinations, and hepatitis B, typhoid and rabies for long-term stays or special exposure.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

malaria


Malaria is caused by crepuscular and nocturnal anopheles- Mosquitoes transmitted. If left untreated, the dangerous one is particularly dangerous Malaria tropica often fatal in non-immune Europeans. The disease can break out weeks to months after your stay in the risk area, see also the Malaria leaflet.

  • If you develop a fever during or even months after a corresponding trip, see your doctor as soon as possible and inform him about your stay in a malaria area.

The last time that Casablanca was infected was three locally acquired infections in 2010 Plasmodium falciparum (Malaria tropica) reported. Before these cases occurred, Morocco was considered malaria-free according to the WHO and has been again since then.
There is currently no relevant risk for travelers, so exposure prophylaxis (see below) is sufficient.

To avoid malaria, protect yourself consistently against insect bites as part of exposure prophylaxis. You should pay particular attention to the following points:

  • Wear light-colored clothing that covers the body (long trousers, long shirts).
  • Repeatedly apply insect repellent to all exposed parts of the body, during the day (dengue) as well as in the evening and at night (malaria).
  • If necessary, sleep under an impregnated mosquito net.

Depending on the travel profile, in addition to the necessary exposure prophylaxis, chemoprophylaxis (taking tablets) is also useful. Various prescription drugs (e.g. atovaquone proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine) are available on the German market for this purpose.

  • Discuss the choice of medication and its personal adjustment as well as side effects or intolerance to other medication with a tropical medicine or travel medicine specialist before taking it.
  • It is recommended that you bring sufficient supplies with you.

HIV / AIDS

There is generally a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Diarrheal diseases

Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see also the information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene, most diarrheal diseases and also cholera (see below) can be avoided. Therefore, to protect your health, please observe the following basic information:

  • Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
  • If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you're out and about.
  • If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
  • Cook or peel food yourself.
  • Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
  • Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
  • If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.

cholera

Cholera is transmitted through insufficiently treated drinking water or raw food and can therefore be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene. Only a small part of the people infected with cholera get sick and of these again the majority with a comparatively mild course. The indication for a cholera vaccination is only given very rarely, usually only in the case of special exposures such as working in hospitals with cholera patients, see information sheet on cholera.

  • If necessary, seek advice from a tropical or travel doctor with regard to your risk profile.

More infectious diseases

Other vector-borne infections occur. Overall, these are not common. Cases of leishmaniasis, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, filariasis, loiasis, myiasis, phlebovirus, Rickettsia felis, Rift Valley fever, spotted fever and West Nile fever have been described. For other diseases (e.g. chikungunya, dengue, zika) the potential vector is available.

Other health hazards

Tuberculosis, brucellosis (after consuming unpasteurized dairy products) occur, among others.

Medical supplies

Medical care in the country cannot quite be compared with Europe. In Rabat and Casablanca, however, there are good private clinics of a high standard. In the countryside, on the other hand, medical care can be problematic in terms of equipment and hygiene. In some cases, there is a lack of European-trained doctors who speak English or good French.

  • Take your individual first-aid kit with you and protect it against high temperatures when you are out and about, see the first-aid kit leaflet.
  • Take out travel health insurance for the duration of your stay abroad that covers risks that are not covered by the statutory health insurance funds (e.g. necessary return transport to Germany in the event of illness, treatment by private doctors or in private clinics). The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical medicine specialists or travel medicine specialists and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always only an offer of advice. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations "Al Qaeda" and "Islamic State" (IS) have been threatening with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.