Spanish citizens should “travel with caution” in Morocco, Spain’s government says.
Rabat – Spanish authorities have issued a travel warning advising Spanish citizens to be cautious when traveling to Morocco.
After the Travel Risk Map 2019 listed Morocco as the only country to have a low risk level in North Africa, showing it to be as safe as most European countries on par with the US and Canada, the Spanish report thought otherwise.
Spain’s annual report placed Morocco at the yellow level among 42 other countries where Spanish travelers need to maintain a moderate level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling.
Spain also ranked multiple countries in South America, Equatorial Guinea, and Rwanda on the same level, according to Moroccan outlet Akhbar Al-Yaoum.
The Spanish ABC newspaper indicated that the yellow rating refers to “countries with a high rate of crime though it’s not worrying.”
The Café La Crème shooting in Marrakech, November 2017, and assaults against tourists have heavily affected the travel warnings issued by foreign embassies regarding Morocco, a Spanish source told Akhbar Al-Yaoum.
According to the Spanish source, Morocco still remains far safer than many other countries where citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance. Tourists are told to be extra cautious in Algeria, to avoid certain areas in Tunisia and Mauritania, and to avoid Libya completely.
American and European governments regularly update their warning and alert system with information on continuing threats of terrorism, political violence, and criminal activity towards tourists abroad.