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Useful Information

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General data
Surface : 710 850 km²
Capitol : Rabat
Currency : Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
Language : Arabic – Berber
Population  : 33.8 million (September 2014: last official census)

Demography
53.3% of the population is under 30 years old; the fertility rate is 2.13 children per woman; the natural growth rate of 1.34% in 2015; the birth rate is 18.2% and the death rate is 4.81%; life expectancy is 76.71 years.

Infrastructures
A proactive infrastructure development policy was initiated in the early 2000s to modernize the country. Roads, highways, harbors, airports, high-speed railway (LGV) and tramway lines, new cities, industrial and logistics zones are the major projects that structure Morocco today.
The road network covers 57,000 km (paved roads and tracks), including 1,800 km of highways; a railway network of 2,200 km long links the main cities of the north to Marrakech; the country is served by 18 international airports and 30 harbors, amongst wich 13 are open to foreign trade.

Formalities and Moroccan visa
To stay in Morocco, it is necessary to have a valid passport covering the whole period of your stay. Since June 18, 2015, the passport is mandatory, even for groups on organized tourist trips. Presenting only a national identity card upon Entry into Moroccan territory is no longer possible.
If your stay lasts more than three months, it is advisable to contact the Moroccan immigration service and request an extension wich could not exceed three additional months. In the event of an illegal situation, a fine or an eviction measure along with a residence ban may be applied. To enter the Moroccan territory, you need a valid passport. Be aware that the law prohibits the import or export of dirhams (Moroccan currency).

Religion
Sunni Islam is the official religion. Christians and Jews are few.

Currency
The Moroccan currency is the dirham (MAD) which is divided into 100 centimes. It can only be aquired in Morocco. The exchange takes place in banks and approved establishments, disclosed on a golden signboard. A slip is provided At the end of the operation, wich is necessary at the end of the stay if you want to reconvert your remaining dirhams in your currency. ATMs in major cities accept all international credit cards. You can also adress banks by using a credit card or a checkbook. They are open from Monday to Friday from 8:15 to 11:30 and from 14:15 to 16:00 during winter and from 8:00 to 11:30 and from 15:00 to 17:00 during summer. From 9:30 to 14h during Ramadan. Large hotels, restaurants, shops and stores accept almost all types of credit cards.

Health
No vaccination is required. Running water is drinkable in all major cities, but avoid drinking tap water as well as water sold by street vendors. Adopt the use of spring waters: Sidi Harazem, Imouzzer, Sidi Ali and Oulmes are sold in bottles. Inquire before swimming in the creeks. No vaccination certificate is required.

1st edition of the African Security Exhibition and Conference

Rabat - 19 to 21 February 2019