Location: Northern Africa
Currency: Moroccan dirham ($1USD = approx 9.6 Moroccan dirham)
Time Zone: GMT +1 (Your 6 pm BJT classes will start at 10 am in Morocco.)
Population: 36 Million
Internet Speed: Internet can be spotty in remote areas of Morocco. While Morocco has some of the fastest internet in Africa, keep in mind that Africa also has some of the slowest internet on Earth. Speed Test’s Global Ranking has Morocco ranking 119th with fixed broadband speeds of 18 down and 3 up. If you are in a larger city like Rabat, Marrakesh, or Casablanca, you should have adequate internet. Coworking and Coliving spaces, like SunDesk in Taghazout offer faster broadband options. The technology is developing with telecom giant Huawei planning to make Morocco the first 5G country in Africa.
Visa: For those wishing to stay for 90 days or less, no visa is required. However, there are visa options for those who want to stay longer. If you intend to be in Morocco for more than 90 days, apply for a residence card prior to your departure. This takes a few months, but once you have the card in hand, you will be able to bank in Morocco. The card is good for one year and can be renewed. For more info on the specifics of obtaining your residency card, check out the terrific article by Brooke Cobb on the Escape Artist.
Healthcare: Healthcare in Morocco is not without its issues. The country does not have a universal healthcare system. As recently as 2006, the WHO listed Morocco as a nation that lacked the ability to meet basic patient needs due to lack of staff. Expat.com cites the superior quality of care in private facilities and recommends expats get adequate travel insurance before leaving for Morocco.
Cost of Living: While Morocco does not have exceptionally well-developed healthcare. It does have a very affordable price tag attached to living there. Numbeo estimates the average rent in larger cities to be approximately $300 USD per month for a one-bedroom apartment. Cheaper options can be had outside of large cities. Short-term co-working & co-living space options are available at a higher price. However, these co-living spaces usually include internet and utilities.
Check out our blog on Teaching & Surfing in Morocco.
The information provided in this article is provided purely as a matter of convenience and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified immigration attorney before making the decision to relocate.