My partner and i have booked to go to Marrakesh on the 4th of May. There has just been a suspected terrorist attack and we are wondering if anyone is there now or have recently been to Marrakesh and can tell us if you think we would be safe and what it is like over there (safety wise). Thanks for your help
Now more than ever Moroccan Tourism will need you and having been here as it happened I can only say what the media presents vs the true athmosphere here it is very different. Peole were in disbelief. There is no denying it was an attack by now but it is over. There were thousands more tousists in Marrakech yesterday and many were not even aware until friends from abroad informed them of what had happend. Us riad owners are very concerned for our guests but we still go out, walk the streets and it is just a sad apart of life YESTERDAY. almost 9 years ago
I am also planning on traveling to Marrakesh in May. I do still want to go and I appreciate you advice, cabeyp, but I would love to hear from someone who is not directly involved in Morocco's tourism industry.
Is it safe to travel to Marrakesh in a few weeks?
Thanks almost 9 years agoAnswered by Jane Smith via WorldNomads.com
Hey everybody, I'm planning to go to Marrakesh too mid of May .. to be honest I don't know what to do ! but what I heard from my friends who just came back from there that it would be safer now more than ever as the police men are everywhere and they will try their best to protect the summer season which is just started !
i'll make up my mind tonight or tomorrow if i go or not :D almost 9 years agoAnswered by Emad via WorldNomads.com
Nathan, et al,
hard at this stage to know what to make of this bombing (from a travel safety aspect). Suspicions but no confirmation yet that it was the work of Al Qaida and/or Islamic extremists.... and as such, was it a one-off or the start of a "terror campaign". Sorry but only time will tell on that, so keep abreast of news and developments in Morocco.
I do know that the Moroccan government has taken serious steps against the spread of extremism, they claim to have broken up several 'terrorist cells' over the past few years, and have quite a large number of suspected (or accused) Al Qaida members in jail.
Perhaps this is the kind of terrorist act that many foreign governments are currently warning about.... extremist groups taking advantage of a climate of instability in North Africa as the 'jasmine revolution' sweeps through the region.
Just one other thing to help put it in perspective: the Minsk metro was bombed earlier this month (another seemingly one-off event) - would you call Minsk "unsafe"?
It's up to each individual to decide how much risk they're willing to accept, based on their circumstances. You're going to have to keep an eye on the situation and be prepared to make a last minute decision to not go if the risk is too high (it's only money).
Hopefully it's just a tragic, disgusting, one-off and Marrakesh can be allowed to return to normal.
We'll be keeping a close watch on developments so check out our News updates on the WorldNomads safety hub (safety.worldnomads.com). If you want to know about other travel safety issues for Morocco check out this page: http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/country/144/Morocco
Phil almost 9 years ago
Hi,I'm due to travel to morocco on tues from the UK for a 4 day break with my husband, I am very concerned and would really choose not to go , also think you should get a full refund when this happens, have been told it takes a second terrorist attack for that to happen. I'm not willing to loose my money. But really nervous about going and think I'll be on edge the whole time. Is it worth it? Also I'm a nervous flyer, will there be more security at airport? almost 9 years agoAnswered by Julie Thompson via WorldNomads.com
@Julie Thomson - Julie, totally understand that you might be nervous about travelling in an area where you feel your safety is at stake. Like Phil mentions, you've got to decide what you're willing to accept or not, and if this place is the right place for you and your husband to travel to right now if it makes you that nervous.
If you're concerned about loosing your money, you should talk to your travel provider first (hotel, airline, tour operator etc) before you do anything, to find out what their policies are if you decide to change your travel plans. Generally, most travel companies are willing to allow you to reschedule your trip to another time.
From a travel insurance perspective (I'm from WorldNomads.com), our terms and conditions do change depending on your country of residence and if there are travel warnings in place and you go anyway (ie. you know you are putting yourself at risk). Importantly, if you just change your mind to travel, you may not be covered for certain expenses. All policies will tell you what is covered (or not). Look carefully for clauses which may exclude cover if you have expenses which are caused by a terrorist act or act of war (which many travel insurance policies wont cover).
Bottom line: 1. Don't assume that if you've got insurance, you're covered for everything. 2. Read ALL of the fine print on your policy that you buy. Each policy may be different from the last time you bought a policy too, so you should read the exclusions and terms of cover to make sure you know what's covered (and not) 3. Stay informed with what your Government is telling you (is it safe to travel or not ? (as if they say do not travel, and you go to that region, then you may not be covered) 4.Get in touch if you've got any questions about our cover - our team are always happy to help - http://worldnomads.com/contactus.aspx almost 9 years ago
Update: Moroccan authorities have arrested some people over this bombing and say they're linked to Al Qaeda.
Last Sunday (May 8) there was another protest in central Marrakech demanding faster reforms from the government. The thousands who rallied peacefully also condemned the bombing and rejected calls from Al Qaeda in North Africa for a campaign of "mayhem". Fingers crossed this bomb was a 'one off' and Morocco can make a peaceful transition to democracy. almost 9 years ago