FAQs Health-related

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Do I need any vaccinations before arriving?
Any health tips?
Is it safe to eat at the food stalls in the main square?
Is it safe to drink the water in Marrakesh?
What happens if I get sick?

Do I need any vaccinations before arriving?

There are no compulsory vaccinations for visitors to Morocco although doctors may recommend protection.

Anti-malarial tablets are NOT necessary.

Any health tips?

Avoid drinking water from rivers and streams.

water is good and tastes great. However, you’re on holiday and do not want to get sick. So we advise drinking bottled water. When buying bottled water, always ensure the seal is unbroken. Sidi Ali is the name of a mineral water. If you like sparkling water, then ask for Oulmes.

It is always wise to wash and peel fresh fruit.

The summer sun in Morocco can be very harsh. Take precautions against sunburn by packing plenty of suntan oil and sun block.

Only swim in hotel pools and safe stretches of coastline.

Is it safe to eat at the food stalls in the main square?

Many of our clients have eaten without any problems at the main square. However, if your stomach is rather delicate, we would advise against. The food stalls are set up every evening and with the fast turnover does not stand around long to get bad. However, there is no refrigeration and they do not have running water so washing dishes consists of dunking them in a bowl of water.

Having said that, you won’t want to forgo the atmosphere in the square at dusk as it is an exceptional experience.

Is it safe to drink the water in Marrakesh?

Yes, but you’re on holiday and don’t want to get sick so be like the queen and err on the cautious side and buy bottled water. Mineral water can be purchased from many kiosks and stalls around the Medina and chilled water is available at a small charge in the Riad.
Riad Ariha and Riad Chi-Chi provide a bottle of mineral water in your room upon arrival.

What happens if I get sick?

We help you as much as we can.

Pharmacies are very prevalent in the city. There are several along avenue Mohammed V between place Abdelmoumen Ben Ali and place de la Liberté. On Jemaa el Fna, at the beginning of rue Prince Moulay Rachid, is Pharmacie de la Place. Most pharmacies are open 8:30am to 12:30pm, 4 to 8pm, and 8:30pm to 1am Monday to Saturday. Most will post a list of after-hours pharmacies on their front door. An all-night pharmacy operates on the western edge of Jemaa el Fna, beside the Commissariat de Police, but there is usually a line. Instead, try Pharmacie de Nuit, outside the medina on rue Khalid ben Oualid, just off place de la Liberté (tel. 0524/430415), where a doctor is usually available.

There is now a wonderful new medical facility on the road to the airport:

Hôspital Internatoinale, Rte. De L’aéroport, Bab Ighil, Marrakech. You need a referral from a GP for this hospital.

Tel.: 05 24 36 95 95 / 05 24 44 40 40

They have a website http://www.clinique-internationale-marrakech.com/

In Guéliz, there is :

Polyclinique du Sud, 2 rue de Yougoslavie, Guéliz

Tel. 05 24 44 63 99 or 05 24 44 79 99

Clinique al Koutoubia, rue de Paris, Hivernage

Tel. 05 24 43 85 85),

A recommended GP is:

Dr. Sami Belmezouar, 6 Rue Fatima Zahra, Rmila, 1st floor (opposite the Al Bacha hammam).

Tel.: 05 24 38 33 56 and cellphone 06 61 24 32 27.

These are private clinics with high standards and usually have staff on hand who can speak some English.

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