*This article was updated March 2019
Morocco is another currency that has regulations on finances for overseas visitors.
According to gov.uk’s travel advice around 600,000 British nationals visit Morocco every year.
But what many may find when trying to purchase Dirhams before their visit is that the currency is closed. According to national laws, visitors are not allowed to take the currency in or out of the country but unlike some closed currencies Moroccan Dirhams are usually available to buy in the UK. More information on closed currencies can be found in a recent article.
With it sometimes hard to exchange money before leaving the UK, and technically you can’t take much money out of the country. The general advice is to only exchange as much as you need and spend all your dirhams while you are in Morocco. The current advice from the UK Government is you can take 2000 dirhams (about £200) in or out of the country.
Best way to obtain Moroccan dirham
Compare Holiday Money does have suppliers listing that are selling Moroccan Dirhams and if it’s available you may get a better rate than if you exchanged in Morocco. If the currency is not available to buy in the UK you can exchange when you get to morocco. It is always worth checking travel forums to find out the experiences of other recent travellers. ATM Machines are dotted around the biggest cities, main towns and tourist areas. These include the popular tourist destinations such as Tangier, Agadir, Marrakesh and Rabat.
Credit and debit cards are more widely accepted in Morocco but check with your provider for any charges that may apply .
With terrorism and crime a threat in the country according to Foreign Office, prepaid currency cards may be another option. but again it is important to compare the T’s and C’s, particularly the charges for withdrawing cash for each provider.
If you want to buy your dirhams and pick them up locally you can visit the click and collect page to see if there is a supplier near to you.