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Is it safe to travel to Morocco?

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1. Posted by Globetrotter30 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 4 Mar '11 18:22

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Hey guys,
I'm planning a trip to Morocco middle of this month,but i'm a little bit concerned cause of the political tension in North Africa and the Middle East which according to the news include Morocco as well.I’ve seen the news reports about demonstrations and protests in some Moroccan cities .Is it going to be risky for me to travel to Morocco?
thank you,
Steve

2. Posted by Danybouh (Budding Member, 4 posts) 4 Mar '11 19:51

Hi Steve, i think ,there is no risk or problem in Morocco,i go every 2,3 months there,and there is no reason to have any troubles.. the "disturbs" are not strongers like in other countries (algeria,egypt..) ,and there is not cause for the foreigners..its an internal situation,and only a little bit more problems in the North (Tanger,Al Hoceima) but the "tourists" are always welcome..if we don't go ,or involve,on political discussions with them..have good trip,Dany

3. Posted by Best (Budding Member, 14 posts) 5 Mar '11 00:07

the political unrest issue has been discussed at length on another popular website called
tripadvisor
I live in Marrakech and can assure you that life is very normal. apart for the 20 feb demonstration when some thug on the loose broke banks windows and some cars , people are going baout their businesses as usual and enjoying their lives

4. Posted by markwillen (Budding Member, 65 posts) 5 Mar '11 02:08

Hi Steve

There have been some good articles in the press recently - the BBC and 'Is the Arab revolution running out of steam?', which didn't even bother to mention Morocco; and amazingly, Fox News on the 'Moroccan Exception'.

Morocco is a constitutional monarchy and the people can change the Prime Minister and Parliament; the UN judged the last elections as free and fair. There's no 'dictator' to change and the king is highly regarded - with good reason.

Strikes, demonstrations and protests are a normal part of life here, as they are in most lively democracy's.

There was trouble on 20 February largely after the protest marches when hooligans took over and caused all sorts of problems (which were very widely reported), perhaps not helped by an almost total lack of the normal police presence, except in the north.

Morocco is extremely safe and supremely stable. Statistics are hard to come by, but I'd be staggered if crime wasn't much lower than our European neighbours. The monarchy have been in power for over 300 years (that's longer than the current British Royal family).

Hope that helps.

5. Posted by Globetrotter30 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 7 Mar '11 17:14

Thanks one and all for all the replies!i'm definitely starting to feel more assured that Morocco is safe to visit at the moment.i'll focus more about my trip now which i reckon it will be an exciting adventure.
Thanks again

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1042 posts) 7 Mar '11 21:43

Quoting markwillen

The monarchy have been in power for over 300 years (that's longer than the current British Royal family).

Off topic here, but this conveniently forgets when the sovereignty of Morocco was held by France for half the 20th century, rather than by the Sultan. The current line of Kings, rather than Sultans, goes back to 1957 I believe?

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8. Posted by markwillen (Budding Member, 65 posts) 8 Mar '11 02:26

France never took sovereignty over Morocco, and Morocco was never a French colony; it was styled as a 'Protectorate'.

There was an Alouite Sultan on the throne throughout the French occupation, at the end of which the then Sultan proclaimed himself king.

9. Posted by monikita (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 8 Mar '11 14:05

have ever heard about morocco , yes sure . morocco is so safe country . which has a long history and rich nature and culture . actually its so beautiful land to travel and make adventures in .i think you have never heard about it .anyway . morocco lately . receives millions of tourists from all over the world which make it powerful in the field of the tourism . that field has developed due to the goodness of morocco . in all aspects .
well the weather is a bit warm by this moment of the year . in October will be a warm too and its the good weather i think for exploring and visiting this beautiful country .if you want to know places . we could help you to know about places .and for sure advising you as well .
enjoy your time and welcome to see morocco if you feel comfortable to take a look for morocco .
cheers .

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