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Money and duty free for Morocco

Currency and Money

Currency information

Moroccan Dirham (MAD; symbol Dh) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of Dh200, 100, 50, and 20. Coins are in denominations of Dh10, 5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes.

Credit cards

Most major credit cards are accepted in larger restaurants, hotels, guesthouses and the occasional shop in the souks, with Visa and Mastercard being the most widely accepted companies.

ATM

Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in larger towns, although service in smaller towns can be erratic. Most major hotels now have reliable ATMs.

Travellers cheques

Traveller's cheques are accepted in some areas but are not advised, as the exchange can be problematic and it can be difficult to find a bank able to cash them. However, some of the main tourist hotels can cash cheques.

Banking hours

Mon-Thurs 0830-1230 and 1500-1830, Fri 0830-1200 and 1500-1830.

Currency restrictions

The import and export of local currency is prohibited, even though the export and import of amounts below Dh2,000 is tolerated. The import and export of foreign currency is unlimited, although amounts equivalent to or exceeding Dh100.000 must be declared on arrival and departure.

Currency exchange

Moroccan Dirhams can only be obtained in Morocco. The most convenient way to obtain Dirhams is through an ATM, where official rates automatically apply, but daily withdrawal limits can seem low for customers paying cash for rugs in the souks. National currencies should be exchanged at official bureaux de change only (identified by a golden sign); changing money in the street is illegal. There is no commission charge and visitors will be issued with a receipt that they must keep in order to exchange Moroccan currency back into the original national currency upon departure. The Euro and US Dollar are widely accepted, even preferred. However, you won’t be able to change Northern Irish or Scottish bank notes.

Morocco duty free

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Morocco without incurring customs duty:

• 400g of tobacco products.
• 1 litre of spirits and 1 litre of wine.
• 150ml of perfume or 250ml of eau de toilette.
• Gifts to the value of Dh2,000.

Banned Imports

Firearms and ammunition, narcotics, absinthe, publications containing “immoral, sexual or offensive" material, and plants and plant products considered a threat to national flora.

Banned Exports

You must obtain permission to export expensive cultural artefacts. Exporting national currency, the Moroccan dirham, is forbidden.

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