With the advent of summer, season of relaxation and holidays, Moroccans are increasingly opting for stays abroad with a predilection for “multi-destinations” to explore, in one single trip, several countries and cities.
This enthusiasm is evident in both young people and families. All other things being equal and trend-setting, tour operators have not been slow to catch it in flight and adapt to it by concocting double or even triple-destination packages and offers.
The majority of these tour operators prefer to target destinations that do not require a Moroccan passport visa such as Turkey, Malaysia, South Korea and Brazil or other countries where the procedures for obtaining this sesame are fluid and easy for Moroccans like Egypt, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, India and Japan.
Customers’ habits and behaviors continue to change from one year to the next, with a majority now moving towards double and triple country circuits and a regional cocktail like “Kuala Lumpur- Bangok-Singapore”, “Kuala Lumpur-Bali”, “Istanbul-Dubai” or “Istanbul-Sharam El Sheikh”.
On this new destinations, competition between travel agencies is very tough. Although we generally offer the same packages and destinations, the difference in price comes from the choice of the airline and a more services, including transfers Airport-Hotel-Airport, breakfast to the ‘hotel and excursions’.
Turkey, with Istanbul in particular, a city renowned for its rich history and culture, remains one of the most popular destinations for Moroccans. However, those who have already visited this metropolis strewn on two continents, would be only once and performed the traditional circuit (Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Princess Islands), return to this country for furrow other cities.
A trend that has thus forced several travel agencies to expand their offerings to propose new formulas encompassing Antalya, Cappadocia, Eskisehir, Bodrum, Bursa and Konya.
Tourism has benefited immensely from new technologies and the development of the Internet and cities, parks, islands and other destinations are engaged in this frenetic competition to highlight their potential and attract tourists from around the world.
Indeed, a little tour on the search engines and video web sites is enough to not only get a complete and global idea about the country but also to feed the passion and the determination to try the experience of travel to the world and make it a lifestyle.
On the other hand, the question of the financing of these stays arises with a considerable amplitude in high seasons. And it is at this point that credit agencies are incrusted to unveil offers with attractive rates.
Even tour operators, after analysis of the needs of the market, offer other means of financing travel with a particular inclination for payment over several months, which encourages more customers preferring not to use conventional credit.
This enthusiasm for travel abroad is supported by the figures of the Exchange Office. Travel expenses increased by 679 million dirhams to nearly 5.9 billion dirhams for the first four months of the current year. In 2018, they reached 18.86 billion dirhams, an increase of 8.8% compared to 2017.
Countries without visa
Moroccans who do not have a Schengen visa have a list of countries outside the European continent where they can go without a visa. The green passport gives access to 68 countries without a visa or with an entry visa issued on arrival.
Countries without visa: Algeria, Belize, Benin, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Gabon, Gambia, Grenada, Guinea, Haiti, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macao, Malaysia, Mali, Federated States of Micronesia, Niger, Palestine, Philippines, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, South Korea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Vanuatu and Dominican Republic.
Moroccans also have other destinations that require a simple entry visa. This is the case of Angola, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Burma, Cambodia, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Maldives, Marshall Islands , Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palau, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, East Timor, Togo, Tuvalu and Uganda.
The only country whose access is no longer possible without a visa, compared to the year 2018, is Sudan.
Recall that the Moroccan passport occupies the 66th place (out of 199) of the ranking of the countries whose nationals can go abroad without a visa or entry visa according to Passport Index. At the Maghreb level, Morocco comes second, ahead of Tunisia (64th worldwide for 69 countries).