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Culture & Health tips - Morocco

Staying healthy in Morocco

Left hand, Right hand

  • This Islamic tradition is to use your RIGHT hand for eating, and the LEFT hand for, well, other things.

  • Toilet paper is a relatively recent western invention, and "traditional" methods are still used.

  • Not only is if offensive to use the left hand to eat or to greet someone, but adopting the right hand left hand rule is another way of avoiding infections.


  • Are considered dirty in many countries, but particularly in Arabic culture

  • And when you consider where they have been there is good reason to pack them in sturdy bags so that the soles don't contaminate the rest of your luggage.

Fresh fruit and vegetables

  • Make sure you can wash (in bottled water probably) or peel before eating

  • Some recommend avoiding salads - unless you know the have been prepared hygienically

  • These rules probably don't apply in posh places

Hot food

  • Hot food that has been cooked quickly is usually fine but best to avoid food that has been stewing all day or reheated

  • wonder how this applies to Tagines


  • Best to stick to bottled water

  • Although some places have filtration systems and these can be safe if you do get sick from drinking the shower water we may leave you behind :)

What the Aussie government says on Smartraveller.gov.au


We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller's medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.

It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.

While the standard of medical facilities in the major cities is generally good, medical services in smaller cities and rural and remote areas can be extremely limited. Private hospitals can insist on up-front payment prior to admission. Inability to pay may delay treatment.

Insect-borne diseases (including leishmaniasis and typhus) are common in Morocco. Malaria is less common. We recommend you take precautions against being bitten by insects, including using insect repellent, wearing long, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing and ensuring your accommodation is mosquito proof.

Some water-borne, food-borne and other infectious diseases are prevalent. We advise you to boil all drinking water or drink bottled water and avoid raw and undercooked food. Do not swim in fresh water to avoid exposure to certain parasitic diseases such as schistosomiasis ('bilharzia'). Seek medical advice if you have a fever or are suffering from diarrhoea.


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