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Rabat (الرباط) literally "Fortified Place" is the capital city of Morocco. The city is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. On the facing shore of the river lies Salé, Rabat's bedroom community. Together with Temara the cities account for a combined metropolitan population of 2.6 million. It is an easy going city by Moroccan standards.


Please note that Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter the Kingdom of Morocco and may stay up to 90 days.

Algeria - Andorra - Argentina - Australia - Austria - Bahrain - Belgium - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - Chile - China - Republic of Congo - Croatia - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Great Britain - Greece - Guinea (Conakry) - Hong Kong - Hungary - Iceland - Indonesia - Ireland - Italy - Ivory Coast - Japan - Kuwait - Latvia - Liechtenstein - Lithuania - Luxemburg - Mali - Malta - Mexico - Monaco - Netherlands - New Zealand - Niger - Norway - Oman - Peru - Philippines -Poland – Portugal - Puerto Rico - Qatar - Romania - Saudi Arabia - Senegal - Singapore (Singaporean nationals may stay up to one month without visa) - Slovakia - Slovenia - South Korea - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Tunisia - Turkey - United Arab Emirates - United States of America - Venezuela.

Please note the organizing committee of the conference is not authorized to assist with the VISA process beyond providing the Invitation Letter. Should your application be denied, the organizing committee of the conference cannot change the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor will the organizing committee engage in discussion or correspondence with the consulate or the visa center on behalf of the applicant.

The invitation letter will be issued after the successful registration

Guidline for Applying for Morocco VISA, is available from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation:

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By plane--The Rabat International Airport is in the nearby town of Salé. The sole brand new Terminal building was inaugurated by the King of Morocco in 2012, doubling the airport's passenger handling capacity. Services provided include currency exchange and car rental, along with a friendly information desk. Expect a wait in the Passport Control check either way and be prepared to fill out a registration form before. Main airline users include Royal Air Maroc (Brussels, Paris-Orly, London-Gatwick, Madrid, Marseille) and budget Ryanair (Beauvais, Charleroi, Girona, London-Stansted, Madrid, Marseille, Rome-Ciampino). The airport is served by a dedicated Stareo Bus that offers a direct connection (approx. 40 min / costs 20 dirham one way) to the city center, just outside of Rabat Ville Train Station / Mohammed V Tramway Station. Buses leave the airport 1 hour after each arrival and the city center 2 hours before each flight (a schedule is posted on the bus stop).

By Train--Rabat is well served by train and you can get frequent connections to most places. Marrakesh is a pleasant 4 hour journey, Fez 2.5 hours (if you take one of the new express trains, and 3.5 hours on other trains) and Casablanca 1 hour. There are two stations in Gare Rabat Ville. (Medina/Downtown) and Agdal. A tram and a taxi station are located just next to the downtown train station. Be warned that trains are sometimes delayed by over an hour. Visit OCNF website (ocnf for the timetable.)

Get Around

Tram: There are two lines between Rabat and Salé.
It costs only 6 MAD for one use and it works from 6am to 11 pm from Monday to Sunday. There is a tram every 10 minutes during the week and every 20 minutes during Sunday. One of the stations (Mohammed V - Gare de Rabat. ) is located exactly just in front of the downtown train station (Gare de Rabat-Ville). It is a good way of getting around. Maps are available in every station.

Petit Taxis: All blue in color, mostly Fiat UNO and Renault DACIAS. This inexpensive way to get around town usually won't exceed 25/30 MAD, the minimum fare is 5/6 MAD. Be sure to check the meter is running to avoid being over charged at the end of the trip, although this is much less of a problem than in other cities. Don't be surprised if the taxi stops to pick someone else up.

Grand Taxis: Avoid the white Mercedes Grand Taxis when traveling around Rabat: They are much more expensive and less safe than blue petit taxis.

Buses: There are now official bus routes listed and bus stops have signs showing at least the bus lines that stop there. Costing only 4.00 MAD they are a cheap way to get to know the several layers of Rabat. The buses can be of very variable quality, but it could be worth taking the chance given the cost-saving and experience of what many locals with low income experience. Bus # 4 goes from Ocean, to Bab El Had to Avenue Fal Oueld Omair (one of the major streets in the Agdal neighborhood) all the way to its terminus in the upscale and calm new development of Hay Riad. If the bus is crowded watch out for pickpockets.

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