Morocco

From the sand dunes of the desert to the rugged peaks of the Atlas mountain range, Morocco is naturally mesmerizing. A captivating mosaic of colors and flavors will strike the visitor coming in this Maghreb country. Labyrinth of small streets run through ancient medina cities, leading to lively souks, while nomad Berbers travel the Sahara with their camel caravans. Morocco’s history is fascinating and the visitor will discover it through countless ancient Roman and Islamic sites. But a trip to Morocco wouldn’t be complete without experiencing its gastronomy. From couscous to rich pastries always served with a glass of mint tea, Moroccan cuisine is truly delightful.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

MOROCCO – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

Hepatitis A Recommended for all travelers.
Hepatitis B Recommended for all travelers.
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever Recommended for all travelers.
Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Flu – Influenza Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella) Recommended for all travelers
Lyme disease Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.
Schistosomiasis Avoid swimming in fresh water.
Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC) Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Acetazolamide/Dexaméthasone Recommended to prevent Acute mountain sickness (AMS).
Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Azithromycin or Suprax

MEDICAL CARES

In Morocco, quality basic health care is easily accessible in major cities, especially in Casablanca or Rabat. But be aware that emergency and specialized services are limited, even in the main cities. Health care can be very difficult to find in rural areas. In the event of serious sickness or injury, you will have to be evacuated to another country.

In case of emergency in Morocco, you can call an ambulance at 190. If you are in Casablanca, dial 022 36 44 36 or 022 39 20 03 (Amal assistance), or 022 25 25 25 (SOS Medecins Maroc).

As access to medicines can be difficult, especially in remote areas, be sure to bring enough basic drugs and all the treatments you could need while traveling in Morocco.

SECURITY ABROAD

A militarized boundary, known as the Berm, separates the Moroccan-controlled part of Western Sahara from the rest of the Saharan territory, which borders Algeria and Mauritania. There are fatalities involving unexploded ordnance in this zone each year.

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SAN JOSÉ WEATHER

CANADIAN AMBASSY

Emergency services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 190
  • medical assistance: 150
  • firefighters: 150