Message for U.S. Citizens: Ramadan Observance in Morocco
Morocco is expected to begin celebrating Ramadan on Friday, April 24. During this holy month, Muslims abstain from food, drink (including water), and smoking during daylight hours. While non-Muslims are not obligated to follow these rules, they should be mindful of cultural expectations when in public. The evening gatherings that usually mark Ramadan will not happen this year because of movement restrictions related to the Health State of Emergency, but drivers on essential trips should remain vigilant as traffic accidents generally increase during this period of disrupted sleep.
- As a reminder, the Government of Morocco has announced that the “Health State of Emergency” measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 remain in effect until May 20.
- During this period, movement should be limited to work, shopping, medical care, purchasing medicine/medical supplies, and emergency situations only. Train and intercity bus services are suspended and a curfew will be strictly enforced from 6 PM to 6 AM.
- Americans with urgent travel needs must contact the wilaya where they work or reside for a movement pass authorized by an appropriate Ministry of Interior official.
- Wearing face masks in public is compulsory and may be punishable by a $30-$130 fine and/or 1-3 months jail. Masks are for sale in pharmacies & local shops.
- All commercial flights to/from Morocco are suspended until at least May 31. The American Citizen Services office maintains a list of US citizens unable to return to the USA due to the flight suspension. If this situation applies to you, please email: ACSCasablanca@state.gov
- During this time, the US Consulate General in Casablanca is providing emergency services only. If you require an emergency service, please write to: