Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 13 October 2016, 13:26 NZDT
  • Still current at: 21 November 2017

Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in Western Sahara (a non-self-governing territory under Moroccan control), within 50 kilometres north and west of the Berm and all areas south and east of the Berm due to the threat posed by unexploded landmines. We advise against all travel to these regions. 

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in Morocco and elsewhere in Western Sahara due to the threat of terrorism.  We advise caution. 

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Terrorism
There is a heightened threat of terrorism in the Maghreb region, including Morocco. Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to threaten attacks in Morocco, including plots that may involve foreign fighters returning to Morocco from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. 

While Morocco has not suffered a terrorist attack since 2011, a number of suspected terrorists have been arrested in recent years and the possibility of future attacks, particularly in areas frequented by foreigners, cannot be discounted. There may be increased security measures in some areas, particularly around tourist sites and border crossings. 

New Zealanders in Morocco are advised to maintain a high level of security awareness at all times, particularly in public and commercial areas known to be frequented by Western expatriates or travellers. 

Civil Unrest
Protests and demonstrations occur from time to time in Morocco. New Zealanders in Morocco are advised to avoid any protests and demonstrations, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. We recommend adhering to any instructions issued by the local authorities and staying informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media for developments. 

Crime
Incidents of violent crime, including theft at knifepoint occurs in Morocco. Petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching, including from passing motorcycles is common.  

We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. Particular caution should be taken after dark and in isolated areas.  

Western Sahara
Western Sahara is a disputed territory under Moroccan control. There are thousands of unexploded mines in 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.
 
Border with Algeria
The land border between Morocco and Algeria is currently closed and no attempt should be made to cross at any point. 

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Morocco to avoid offending local sensitivities. Encouraging religious conversion or proselytising is illegal, as is possession of Arabic-language versions of the Bible. Homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are illegal in Morocco. 

New Zealanders travelling or living in Morocco should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. 

New Zealanders in Morocco are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Madrid, Spain is accredited to Morocco

Street Address Calle del Pinar, 7, 3rd floor, 28006 Madrid, Spain Telephone +34 915 230 226 Fax +34 915 230 171 Email madrid@embajadanuevazelanda.com Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/spain Hours Mon-Fri 0900-1400, and 1500-1730, July and August: Mon-Fri 0830-1330 and 1400-1630

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Spain

Street Address
Calle del Pinar, 7, 3rd floor, 28006 Madrid, Spain

Telephone: +34 915 230 226

Fax: +34 915 230 171

Email: madrid@embajadanuevazelanda.com

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/spain

Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1400, and 1500-1730, July and August: Mon-Fri 0830-1330 and 1400-1630

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