Customs and Duties

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Customs and Duties

Customs duties are very high in Morocco, and many items are subject to taxes that can total 80%. The following may be imported without duty: 5 grams of perfume, 1 liter of wine, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 400 grams of tobacco. Large electronic items will be taxed. (It's possible to import large electronics—such as laptop computers—temporarily without tax, but this will be marked in your passport, and the next time you leave the country you must take the equipment with you.) It's always easier to take things in person instead of having them sent and cleared through customs at the post office, where even the smallest items will be taxed.

The importation and exportation of Moroccan dirhams is strictly forbidden. There is no limit for how much foreign currency you import; however, when leaving Morocco, you are limited to changing back only 50% of the amount you exchanged at the beginning of your vacation. This transaction will be questioned at the Bureau de Change in airports, hotels, and banks, often with the specific demand to see verification of any currency transactions made during your stay. Keep all currency exchange receipts on hand, or you may bring home more dirhams than you would like as an unwanted souvenir.

Information

Government of Morocco Customs. 080/100–7000; www.douane.gov.ma. Mon.–Thurs., 8:30–4:30.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 877/227–5511; 202/325–8000; www.cbp.gov.

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