About Morocco

About Morocco and Marrakech

Cradled by the dunes of the Sahara, the Kingdom of Morocco has been inhabited for hundreds of thousands of years. Set in the northwest corner of Africa and less than 10 miles from Spain, the country features gorgeous coastline, the famous Sahara Desert and the jagged, usually snow-capped Atlas Mountains.  Arabic and Amazigh (Berber language) are the Kingdom’s official languages, but many people speak French. English and Spanish are increasingly spoken in tourist areas.

Marrakech is the capital of the mid-southwestern region of Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz, close to the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. Marrakech has a dry climate with hot summers and cool winters. The Biennial Conference will be held at the height of Marrakech’s tourist season when weather in the city is at its best. 

For more information about the Kingdom of Morocco and the city of Marrakech, please visit - https://www.visitmorocco.com/en

Airports and Airport Transfers

Registrants may fly into Marrakech Manera Airport (RAK), an 11-minute drive to the Kenzi Rose Garden Hotel, or into Mohammed V International Airport (CMN), located in Casablanca, approximately a 2-hour drive.  Regardless of the airport, transfers can be arranged for all delegates.  For information about airport transfers, please contact First Class Travel at either doumnia-fct@firstclassmarrakech.com or anas-fct@firstclassmarrakech.com.

Visas to Morocco

In July, Morocco launched an electronic e-visa portal which is described in French, English and Arabic.  To determine if you require a visa to enter Morocco and to complete the visa application process, please visit https://www.acces-maroc.ma/#/.

If you require an invitation letter as part of your visa application, please email conference@iawj.org with Invitation Letter to 2023 Biennial Required as the email’s subject.  In the email, please provide the below information: 

  • Full name
  • Full official title
  • Court assignment
  • Court mailing address

For any additional assistance with your visa application, please email conference@iawj.org and your request will be sent to the Moroccan host to action.

Travel Tips

Morocco has two associated plug types - types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket's male earthing pin. Morocco operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz. 

diagram of Moroccan plug types

Morocco has a “tipping culture”, where smalls tips are generally expected for any form of service.  During the conference – within the Kenzi Rose Garden and at related events – tips will not be expected by staff; however, if you plan to venture out, having small bills on hand will be useful to tip drivers, waiters, and other service staff.

Most Moroccan hotels do not provide face towels.  If you prefer the use of a face towel while bathing, it is suggested you bring your own.

Safety Tips

Please check the travel advisories provided by your home country.