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7 tips for a smooth arrival in Morocco, 2019/07/17


Do you have employees moving to Morocco this summer ? 

A few things they should know to manage a smooth arrival (for more info, visit our websiet:

1. Validate your children's registration at school. International schools in Casablanca are in high demand, both by foreigners and locals. School registrations are usually done between May and July. For some schools, it is necessary that your child takes a test, check it out. Please be aware that while the residence permit may be required to complete a registration file (including AEFE schools), schools are generally comprehensive and will not block your child's registration if your compliance procedure is in progress.

2. Secure your lease. Have you found your home yet? Check all the key points before signing the lease: property title of the landlord, lease terms in accordance with the law and market standards, list of works to be done and clauses in case of non-fulfilment of commitments, etc. Be sure to document your entry inventory, this will be very useful when you leave.

3. Check the required documents for your move: International movers operate within partners networks. If you have contracted with a mover in your home country, it is likely that it will not be the one who will take care of your administrative paperwork on arrival in Morocco but one of its partners. Communication is not always fluid, and some information may be mis transmitted. The risk is that your container is blocked for days (or even weeks) at customs. As an example: a certificate of change of residence may be required and it is much easier to obtain it in your home country rather than once in Morocco (some consulates or embassies are not authorized to issue them).

4. Update your tax status. Both in your home country and in your host country (Morocco). It is sometimes mandatory to report yourself as a non-tax resident in the country you are about to leave. At the same time, you will have to check on the income you will have to declare in Morocco and the part that will be taxable in Morocco.

5. Check your coverage/health insurance. Expatriate? Recruited on a local contract? Depending on your status, you will not have the same level of health coverage. While some employees of multinationals benefit from multi-country international insurance, others will be enrolled in the CFE and others will have "only" mandatory basic coverage in Morocco. In any case, you must carefully analyze your needs (family, children, maternity, etc.) and verify that you have picked the best solution for your personal situation, meeting your budget. There are several possible options.

6. Anticipate the personal documents needed for Immigration procedure. Some original documents required for work permit (CTE) or Residence Permit procedure are not immediately available. To avoid the risk of falling behind, prepare the documents you will need to bring in your suitcases. For example: your original diploma is often required for the application for CTE and few people have it on hand. When it is not lost, you sometimes have to pick it up in a box at your parents' house (!).

7. Sign up at your consulate (in Morocco). This procedure is not mandatory, but it is recommended and may even be required to benefit from certain consular services.