Morocco Customs Regulations

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Morocco Customs Regulations
Alcohol is allowed into Morocco only in extremely restricted quantities. (alcohol image by Andrey Rakhmatullin from Fotolia.com)

Moroccan customs regulations loosened through a series of free trade agreements, most notably with the European Union (E.U.) in 2004 and the U.S. in 2005. However, Moroccan legal code is based on Islamic law, resulting in customs regulations and limitations that often diverge from European and American standards.

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Duty Free

People entering Morocco are allowed to bring in used items in reasonable quantities and intended for personal use without being charged duties. Moroccan law defines “used” as having been owned for more than six months, so it may be a good idea to bring proof of purchase or proof of ownership for valuables, including electronics, as customs officials have full rights to request evidence. People entering are also allowed to bring in 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 400 grams of tobacco, one litre of wine and one litre of spirits (no absinthe) and five grams of perfume.

Restricted Items

Pets are allowed into Morocco with health certification issued a maximum of 14 days prior to entry. Medicines can be brought in with only with a certificate from the Ministry of Health. If you are importing media, the Ministry of Information will review all media and issue a censorship visa; if visiting, avoid bringing anything that could be considered pornographic or politically sensitive, as these can be confiscated. Vehicles will be issued a three-month circulation permit, after which they must leave or the owner will be charged duties.

Prohibited Items

Weapons, ammunition and explosives are prohibited (excepting smooth-barrelled hunting weapons when the owner has a hunting permit and a firearms acquisition certificate). Media deemed to be disruptive to the public order and/or morality is not allowed into Morocco. Morocco also prohibits importing alcohol and tobacco products, so do not bring more than the personal allowance. Walkie-talkies are also prohibited.

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