The Morocco currency is is the Moroccan Dirham, one very important point to remember you cannot take Morocco currency outside of Morocco. Therefore you have to make sure that you only change the Morocco currency that you actually need, when you get near the end of your holiday. You will be searched in the airport, and you may not be asked but the rules are you’re not allowed take the currency outside.
Places to change Morocco currency
the first thing you need to understand is the government controls all currency transactions in the banks so any bank you go to will have a government set exchange rate control. So banks are probably the best place to change your money, it is also worth noting that very few places in Morocco will accept travellers cheques so don’t bother bringing any are, when buying Morocco currency it is much better to use your card (and debit card that is) or cash euros pounds or dollars are accepted by all hotels in banks in Morocco. Another important point to keep in mind when changing the Morocco currency is that the hotels will have a very bad exchange rate, you will lose lots of money changing money in the hotels so better stick to the banks even the cash machines. You will find a lot of banks and cash machines all over Morocco that ATM machines are okay to use and very safe. Of course you must take the normal precautions when using these machines make sure no one is watching you, make sure you have your pin number, don’t leave your receipt in the ATM machine, all the normal things you would do if you’re using the machine, just doubly so Morocco.
The Moroccan currency is made up of Dirhams you will also see the abbreviation MAD. You will see the following cions in Moroccan currency 1 Dirham 5 Dirham 10 Dirham and 20 Dirhams, paper notes are made up of 25, 50, 100 and the largest note 200 Dirhams. When you hear Moroccans talking about their currency it can be very confusing at times they interchange the words Dirham francs and reialls, as far as I understand it 100 rials make-up one dirham, So if anyone starts talking in the thousands to you the probably referring to the else a lot of difficult to say. When I deal with any Morocco currency issues I always tell them to deal In Dirhams. Most of the shops display prices In Dirhams. I was going to the exchange rates here because they change a daily basis so much better to go to a site the deal solely with exchange rates for Moroccan currency.
And finally some tips just to be safe, don’t carry large amounts of cash around with you, don’t put all your cash in one place split it between two people if possible, if the hotel provides a safe and you should use it, before you change any money check at least two or three places to make sure you’re not getting ripped off. Morocco is not a dangerous place more than any other international destination, but it always better to be safe than sorry, you will find the police quite helpful and friendly so if you do have a problem go straight to them. Finally don’t forget if you have any Morocco currency left at the end of your holiday you cannot take it outside of Morocco.
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