Doing Business In Morocco

  1. In Doing Business 2013, Morocco is ranked 97th out of 185 economies, recording a decline of 4 points from last year. This decline reflects lower scores for 7 out of 10 indicators.
  2. According to the latest Enterprise Surveys (2007), Tax Rates and Access to Finance represent the top obstacles to running a business in Morocco.
  3. While Morocco has opened up the majority of the sectors of its economy to foreign investors, overt statutory ownership restrictions still exist in a number of sectors, predominantly in services. Airport and port operation as well as the electricity transmission and distribution sectors are closed to foreign capital participation. Foreign ownership in companies providing domestic or international air transportation services is limited to a maximum of 49%.
  4. Morocco’s economic freedom score is 60.2, making its economy the 87th freest in the 2012 Index. Its score is 0.6 point better than last year as a result of modest improvements in most of the categories of economic freedom. Morocco is ranked 9th out of 17 countries in the Middle East/North Africa region, and its overall score is just above the world average.

Source: World Bank


Visa Information

Most visitors to Morocco do not require visas and are allowed to remain in the country for 90 days on entry. Exceptions to this include nationals of Israel, South Africa and Zimbabwe; these people can apply for a three-month, single-entry visa (about US$30). In all cases, your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your date of entry.
As visa requirements change, it’s a good idea to check with the Moroccan embassy in your country or a reputable travel agency before travelling.
The Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla have the same visa requirements as mainland Spain.
Visa extensions
If 90 days is insufficient, the simplest thing to do is to leave (eg travel to the Spanish enclaves) and come back a few days later. Your chances improve if you re-enter by a different route.
Visas for onward travel
Algeria Although Algeria has now emerged from over a decade of civil war, the border with Morocco remains closed and visas are not being issued.
Mali Visas are required for everyone except French nationals and are valid for one month (US$27), but are renewable inside Mali. Two photographs and a yellow-fever vaccination certificate are required and the visa is usually issued on the spot. Malian visas are available at Malian border posts, but by no means count on that if you’re crossing at a remote desert crossing.
Mauritania Everyone, except nationals of Arab League countries and some African countries, needs a visa, which is valid for a one-month stay. These can be issued the same day at the Mauritanian Embassy in Casablanca if you apply between 9am and 10am (get there by 8.30am). Visas cost US$23 and you need two photos and an onward air ticket. They can also be obtained at the border for US$25.

Business Etiquette

General Business Hours

Cafes 7am-11pm

Restaurants noon-3pm & 7-11pm

Shops 9am-12.30pm & 2.30-8pm Mon-Sat (often closed longer at noon on Friday)

Tourist offices 8.30am-12.30pm & 2.30-6.30pm Mon-Thu