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Tourist Visas in Morocco
When you enter Morocco as a tourist, the tourist stamp In your passport is valid for 90 days.
Tourists may visit Morocco for a maximum period of six months in any twelve month period
News Update: June 2017: A friend of ours from England recently had a flight from Marrakesh to Manchester, UK. She checked in for her flight and proceeded to Passport Control where she was promptly arrested - for overstaying her tourist visa BY ONE DAY. She was denied access to the flight, her luggage was pulled and she was taken into custody. She was given bail to reside in Agadir and to appear at court in Marrakesh at a date to be notified - which turned out to be two weeks later. She had to make the trip back to Marrakesh to attend court and... wait for it... WAS FINED 100 DIRHAMS.
This kind of event could likely exclude a tourist from applying for a Resident's Card at a future date, as all applicants are required to obtain a certificate from the Ministry of the Interior to accompany their application to show that they have not committed an offense in Morocco.
Be careful - watch your visa time remaining and be sure to exit from Morocco within the 90 day period of your visa.
CONCERNING LIVING IN MOROCCO ON A TOURIST VISA
The days of being able to live in Morocco like permanent residents on a tourist visa by coming in and going out every three months are over.
To stay in Morocco for longer than six months each year requires a residency permit.
"On entend par « Etranger en visite au Maroc », les personnes de nationalité étrangère ayant leur résidence habituelle à l’étranger et dont la durée de séjour au Maroc ne dépasse pas six (06) mois au cours d’une période de douze (12) mois."
Check out all of the info on the government web site (tip: hold your mouse over the Menu titled "Particuliers" and select "Etrangers en visite au Maroc". If you don't read French, copy and paste your chosen text into Google Translate and it will translate the text into your chosen language.)
We would very much like to hear from anyone who has been refused re-entry into Morocco on account of the enforcement of this ruling. Thank you.
IMPORTANT UPDATE CONCERNING RESIDENT EXPATRIATES
November 14, 2013: "Morocco enacts migration reform"
1) foreign couples who have lived together in Morocco consistently for at least four years... and
2) In addition, ... foreign nationals who can prove five years' continuous residence in Morocco and other expats affected by a serious illness and on Moroccan soil prior to 31 December 2013 will also obtain legal residency rights.
If you read of any pertinent changes to tourist or residency issues for expatriates in Morocco we would very much like to hear from you. Thank you.
Here are some more of our pages:
Interesting Articles on Morocco
General Info on Agadir and Morocco
Remembering the 1960 Earthquake
Where is Talborjt?
Security in Morocco
Visiting the Souk in Agadir
From Agadir to Merzouga: A Twelve Day Journey
The Hammam in Talborjt
DIY Trip to Taroudant
DIY Trip to Marrakesh
Hotels in Talborjt
Talborjt 1001 Nights Restaurant
Tourism in Agadir
Transport to and from Agadir
The Jardim Olhao and the Valley of the Birds
Weather forecast for Agadir
Live Current Rates of Dirham Exchange
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