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(Including Western Sahara)
Reviewed: 13 May 2011, 15:15 NZDT
Still current at: 20 May 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in Western Sahara (a non-self governing territory under Moroccan control) due to the threat posed by unexploded landmines and we advise against all travel to the region.
There is some risk to your security in Morocco due to the threat from terrorism and civil unrest and we advise caution.
There is a high threat from terrorism in Morocco. On 28 April 2011, a large explosion at a restaurant in Jema el Fna Square in Marrakech killed 16 people and injured 25 others. Further terrorist attacks could well occur, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers such as hotels, restaurants, tourist areas, markets, embassies, places of worship, government offices and transport hubs.
Since February 2011, there have been a number of demonstrations across Morocco, including in Rabat, Casablanca, Tangier and Marrakech. Some protests have led to isolated incidents of civil unrest such as looting and vandalism.
New Zealanders in Morocco are advised to exercise a high degree of personal security awareness in public places and avoid all protests and demonstrations as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning. We recommend adhering to instructions issued by the local authorities and monitoring local media for developments that may impact on your personal safety and security.
The Western Sahara is a disputed territory under Moroccan control. There are thousands of unexploded mines in the Western Sahara, with reports of landmines shifting away from the border area due to the movement of sand dunes. New Zealanders who decide to travel to Western Sahara against our advice should be aware that travel from Morocco to the Western Sahara is restricted by the Moroccan authorities.
The land border between Morocco and Algeria is currently closed and no attempt should be made to cross at any point.
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Morocco to avoid offending local sensitivities. It is against the law to distribute any non-Muslim evangelical literature or engage in activity that may be seen as an attempt at religious conversion. In April and May 2010, a number of foreigners, including New Zealanders, were expelled from Morocco for proselytising.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Morocco should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Morocco are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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