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(Including Western Sahara)
Reviewed: 13 September 2013, 13:30 NZDT
Still current at: 05 December 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in Western Sahara (a non-self governing territory under Moroccan control) due to the threat posed by unexploded landmines. We advise against all travel to the region.
There is some risk to your security in Morocco due to the threat from terrorism and civil unrest. We advise caution.
The Western Sahara is a disputed territory under Moroccan control. There are thousands of unexploded mines in the Western Sahara, with reports of landmines shifting away from the border area due to the movement of sand dunes.
New Zealanders who decide to travel to Western Sahara against our advice should be aware that travel from Morocco to the Western Sahara is restricted by the Moroccan authorities.
Morocco has not suffered a terrorist attack since 2011. However, a number of suspected terrorists have been arrested in recent years and the possibility of future terrorist attacks cannot be discounted.
New Zealanders in Morocco are advised to maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public and commercial areas known to be frequented by Western expatriates or travellers.
Protests and demonstrations do occur from time to time in Morocco, and some have led to isolated incidents of looting and vandalism. New Zealanders in Morocco are advised to avoid any protests and demonstrations as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent. We recommend adhering to instructions issued by the local authorities and monitoring local media for developments that may impact on your personal safety and security.
Border with Algeria
The land border between Morocco and Algeria is currently closed and no attempt should be made to cross at any point.
General Travel Advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Morocco to avoid offending local sensitivities. It is against the law to distribute any non-Muslim evangelical literature or engage in activity that may be seen as an attempt at religious conversion. In April and May 2010, a number of foreigners, including New Zealanders, were expelled from Morocco for proselytising.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Morocco should have comprehensive travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Morocco are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are:
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