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Customs formalities:

To assist the traveler's passage through Customs service, two channels have been implemented: a green channel and a red channel.

* The green channel is used for travelers who have nothing to declare to Customs.

* The red channel, on the other hand, is used for travelers who have goods to declare to Customs.

* In the customs area, these channels are indicated by signs.

Imported duty-free goods without declaration or customs formalities:

Persons having their habitual residence abroad (either tourists or Moroccans living abroad) can benefit from a regime allowing temporary admission of goods according to the recommendations of international conventions on the free movement of persons and their personal effects, and the efforts of the Moroccan Administration in this matter.

Under this regime, non-residents can import, without any declaration or formalities, the following items, provided that they are for personal use only:

* Clothes for personal use;

* Tobacco (200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 25 cigars or 250 gr of a selection of those products);

* Alcoholic drinks (1 liter wine bottle, one liter spirits bottle or the same quantity of any other alcohol drink)

* Jewelry, perfumes and eau de toilette (a 150 ml perfume bottle, or a 250 ml eau de toilette bottle);

* Souvenirs, gifts etc.., limited to a total value of 2,000 dirhams;

* Camera, camcorder, binoculars or CD player;

* Tape recorder, radio, portable TV, camera, typewriter or calculator, laptop computer, mobile phone;

* Machines and sports equipments;

* Portable musical instrument;

* Pedal cycles (bicycles, tandems, including cycles with auxiliary motors);

However, a non-resident person should re-export these items at the end of his stay. These provisions do not apply to students or itinerant traders.

Animals and products subject to special formalities:

- Dogs, cats, birds and other pets, accompanying some visitors, are subject to the presentation of a health certificate.

- Vegetable plants: phytosanitary certificates.

- Fauna and flora species threatened with extinction and their products (Washington Convention): CITES certificates issued by the Directorate of Water and Forests.

- Hunting weapons and their ammunition: permission from the National Security Services.

Medicine

In small quantity and for personal use:

* Submitting an “engagement sur l’honneur” (legal declaration) and medical evidence (medical certificate, prescription, etc...) at the customs service’s office.

* Other than for personal use: permission from the Health Department.

Prohibited merchandises:

The following are prohibited from importation:

* Weapons and ammunition,

* Drugs,

* Documents, printed matter, audio and video cassettes and all articles contrary to morality and public order.

Means of transportation:

- The Moroccan administration allows the temporary admission by non-residents of means of transportation for a period of three (3) months, provided that they are exclusively used for tourism purposes (that is, excluding any freight for commercial purposes).

- In order to respond positively to people wishing to spend New Year’s celebrations in Morocco, it was decided to allow those, who already benefited from temporary admission in the current year, the possibility to introduce their vehicles starting from December 20 of the same year under that arrangement, to withhold from the following year and, under the same fixed conditions of continuous or partial stay.

Non-residents in Morocco may export:

* Without formalities:

- Products of Moroccan origin (handicrafts or other), acquired locally and with no restriction of value. The regulation’s justification can be done by any means, exchange contract, international credit card, travelers’ checks etc…;

- Travel souvenirs;

- Ornamental rocks, fossils and/or semi-precious stones (up to 10 items).

* With formalities:

- Works of arts, collection objects and antiques: Permission of the Department of Cultural Affairs is required.

NB: If for second-hand objects no exhaustive list can be established, the quantities and values ​​of these objects must be assessed in relation to the social situation of the concerned person as it may appear while examining passports or any other document. In case of doubt, customs services should examine whether the conditions listed above are met and, if so, admit the objects.

Currency and exchange:

- The Moroccan currency is the Dirham (DH), divided into 100 cents. It is strictly forbidden to import or export dirhams.

- Foreigners not living in Morocco can freely exchange currencies imported against the dirham in banks or institutions authorized to conduct the manual exchange (hotels, bazaars etc...)

- When foreign currencies are exchanged for dirham, the visitor should keep the exchange contract. This document may be useful for the buy-back, in the bank, of the remainder of dirhams in their possession.

- If they want to re-export all or part of the currency they imported, it is advisable that they subscribe, at the entrance, declaration of means of payment for importation.

Vaccines

- No vaccination certificate is required for travellers coming from Europe or America.

- The certificate of vaccination against cholera may be required for travellers coming from areas affected by this disease.

- Anti-malarial treatment is not necessary.