Morocco Health and Security

By | June 23, 2021

If you live in Rabat, you can use the Rabataccueil portal to find out more before you leave the country. The portal is in French, but appeals to an international, diverse user audience.

The supply of food and all everyday necessities is very good in Morocco. Most locals buy groceries, small household items, textiles, shoes and even medicines at the market (Suq) or at the grocer around the corner (épicier, bakkal, hanut). But there are also more and more mega supermarkets, such as Marjane or Carrefour-Label’Vie. They are mostly located in shopping centers or on the outskirts of city centers, and you need a car or taxi to get there. The supermarkets are usually very extensive. You can find Moroccan and international branded products, but the prices are often higher than in the grocery store around the corner.

Food from biological production are becoming increasingly popular in Morocco. “Green Village”sells organic products via the Internet. In Rabat and Casablanca you can either order your weekly basket of organic fruit and vegetables online or buy it directly in the health food store. The “Les Domaines” health food chain is best known for honey, fruit, vegetables and dairy products. The “La Vie Claire” health food store in Rabat-Agdal offers a wider range of products, but at very high prices. Various supermarkets also offer organically produced milk, yoghurt and cheese, for example from the “Clos Babette” cooperative. While fruit and vegetables from organic cultivation are comparatively cheap, the prices for organic milk and cheese are as high as in Germany. Mueslis and organic pasta are extremely expensive. Here, wholefood fans sometimes have to shell out three and four times as much as in Germany and Austria.

According to philosophynearby, most Moroccans do not drink alcohol for religious reasons, but alcoholic beverages are made and sold in Morocco. Moroccan wines are of excellent quality, and the local beer is also very drinkable. Sometimes the shops for hard liquor are not immediately recognizable as such. When shopping, you should make sure that you stow the goods as opaque as possible. Some supermarkets have closed their departments for alcoholic beverages, apparently under pressure from Islamist forces.

Stay healthy

The Moroccan health system has been expanded in recent years and compulsory insurance has been introduced. But the medical infrastructure and medical carecannot be compared with Europe. The enormous contrast between rural and urban areas is characteristic. In Rabat and Casablanca there are some excellent private clinics and medical laboratories that operate on a European level. In the countryside, however, medical care can be very problematic. There are no European-trained doctors who speak English or good French in some regions. If necessary, contact the German Embassy in Rabat. There they can recommend you trusted doctors. You can also find the emergency number on the embassy website. Please only use this number in VERY urgent cases!

Morocco Health

Vaccination protection

Compulsory vaccinations are not required. We recommend vaccinations against: tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A, in the case of long-term stays over four weeks or at particular risk, also hepatitis B, rabies and typhus

HIV-AIDS

Information on the subject of HIV-AIDS can be found in the “Society” chapter.

Diarrhea

You can avoid diarrhea by observing the following guidelines: drink bottled mineral water, wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly; Avoid ice cream and cream cakes; When buying sandwiches and salads, clearly communicate that they should not contain mayonnaise (a very popular ingredient in Morocco). Possibly you should avoid raw vegetables, prefer to order “meschwiya” (salad made from grilled vegetables).

Malaria

The occurrence (exclusively Malaria tertiana by P. vivax) is limited to individual rural areas of the Chefchaouen province from May to October. Prophylaxis is not necessary.

Security

Politically motivated violence

Due to the effects of Covid19, the protest potential has also increased. Avoid crowds and demonstrations and pay close attention to the media coverage and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office.

In some parts of northern Morocco, unrest may continue to occur in connection with the “Hirak” protest movement, which has been active since 2016.

At the beginning of December 2018, two young female campers from Scandinavia were brutally murdered in the High Atlas. According to the authorities, the perpetrators were supporters of the terrorist organization “Islamic State”. Conclusion of a trend from this individual case is certainly not appropriate. But greater caution is required and you should generally refrain from wild camping in Morocco.

On April 28, 2011, a serious bomb explosion occurred in a café in Marrakech, which left several people dead and injured, including foreigners. The Moroccan authorities assume a terrorist background.

The Federal Foreign Office advises you to pay more attention when you are in Morocco. This applies in particular to tourist places, for mosques, synagogues and churches, as well as for symbolic dates such as high religious and other holidays. Muriel Brunswig-Ibrahim, who frequently travels to Morocco as a tour guide and book author, considers the country to be just as safe (or unsafe) as other tourist destinations such as London or Paris.

Everyday crime

Overall, security in Rabat and Casablanca has improved. In view of high unemployment and poverty, petty crime and procurement offenses are still relatively common. With a little care and simple precautionary measures, however, you can protect yourself quite well.

  • In markets, busy squares, cafés: stow bags and rucksacks safely or do not carry them on your back but in front of your body. Hold your handbag briefly, tuck it under your arm
  • Be careful if several people approach you at the same time and ask for directions or the time – diversionary maneuvers!
  • Do not carry personal papers or wallets around in your trouser pockets or shirt pockets – take a copy of your passport with you, leave the original at home or in the hotel
  • Use your cell phone carefully in public. When making a call, hold the mobile phone so that it is protected and nobody can knock it out of your hand as you pass by
  • Special attention shortly before the fasting month of Ramadan – during this time thefts increase
  • Do not leave any objects visible in the parked car