Habits and Customs


Taking into account the cultural, religious and social differences of each people, it is obvious that each country will have its own customs, ethics, customs and rules. The Kingdom of Morocco, a crossroads of cultures since the dawn of time, does not escape this rule, and we can notice custom differences from one region to another. In order to fully enjoy your stay and a hassle-free experience, it is important to know them well and respect them. Some practices can have mitigating or even serious consequences and can lead to litigation.

We must therefore be aware of this and remember that the context totally and subjectively influences the perception of each action and behavior.

Behaviors and Attitudes

Here are some guidelines to follow during your stay: 

Religion and Politics

  • Discreet and courteous behavior is recommended in all circumstances. Keep in mind that you are guests and not sponsors.
  • Avoid sensitive political or religious issues.
  • Respect the fundamental principles of Royalty and Islam. They are sacred to the people and the authorities.
  • Respect the time of prayer, especially at Noon each Friday.
  • Ramadan is sacred in Islam. We must therefore take all the recommendations that precede with more rigor during this month. Refrain from eating or smoking in public during the day.
  • The feast of Al Adha, known as the feast of the sheep, is as sacred among Muslims as Ramadan. It is not advisable to scratch the occasion or criticize the practice.

In Public 

  • Avoid photographing anyone without their consent or rushing to take several photographs of the same person. It could be considered a violation of his privacy.
  • It is strongly advised not to take pictures of religious sites, military infrastructure, official buildings.
  • Ask for permission to photograph a person or a private building. If it is denied, do not insist and do not offer money for reconsideration.
  • In remote villages, avoid giving money or gifts to children. If they get used to it, they will eventually drop out of school and start begging.
  • Respect the privacy of the population and do not disturb the ecosystem, especially in rural areas.
  • Respect the biosphere during hikes, picnics, treks and camping. Some environments are very fragile and essential to the local population.
  •  It is recommended to dress in a decent manner and avoid dressing in a manner that could be considered provocative.
  • Nudism and monokini are not permitted in lakes and pools.
  • Drinking in public is not recommended.
  • During hikes and treks, do not offer alcohol to your support team.

For more information, ask your travel agency for advice or find information on government websites

There is also a book about the customs and habits of Morocco, published by Harmattan.  


Criminal practices

Local public order should not be violated. Some practices may seem harmless, but their consequences can lead to legal proceedings.

  • In Morocco, homosexuality is considered an offense punishable by three years in prison, and heterosexual relationships outside marriage are prohibited. Prostitution is prohibited.
  • Perpetrators of rape face heavy penalties, as well as offences of indecent assault, acts of debauchery and depravity. These penalties, which can go up to 20 years of imprisonment, and are increased if the victim is a minor (under 18). The perpetrators of acts of pedophilia are liable to penalties ranging between 5 and 30 years in prison. Prosecutions of foreigners suspected of sexual offenses are increasingly frequent.
  • The sale and consumption of narcotics is strictly prohibited. Possession of drugs, even in small quantities, most often results in a prison sentence. The same applies to drug transport, even without the knowledge of the carrier. It is strongly advised not to agree to deliver parcels or objects abroad at the request of people encountered by chance during a tourist stay.
  • Other less serious offences, such as issuing bad checks, are also punishable by heavy fines and imprisonment.