Is Morocco LGBTQIA+ friendly?

LGBTQIA+ travellers are those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (a more inclusive LGBT initialism), plus queer or questioning, intersex or asexual individuals, as well as those who identify beyond these commonly used sexuality and gender expressions. Specific situations and issues may present themselves to travellers who identify with one or more of these terms when visiting Morocco

Morocco is not a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers who wish to openly express sexuality and/or gender identity outside of a very rigid, heterosexual binary.

Homosexuality is illegal and punishable by prison time and fines under article 489 of the Penal Code. Same-sex couples have been arrested for kissing and holding hands in Morocco. Public attitudes towards same-sex partnerships range from confusion to open hostility and can include physical violence.

Travellers with non-conventional gender expression may experience harassment and, in some cases, physical violence.   

LGBTQIA+ travellers who want to visit Morocco should exercise caution and avoid engaging in even mild public displays of affection such as hand-holding.  

Clandestine local queer culture exists but is inaccessible to travellers. Attempting to seek out local queer culture while in Morocco poses a risk to travellers and an even more severe risk to locals.

Solo travel and room sharing

If you are travelling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travellers who do not wish to share a room.  

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or ILGA before you travel.

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