Morocco is a Muslim country where kissing in public is not considered appropriate and with respect for others, should be avoided. If you are a tourist couple, a quick kiss may pass (not during Ramadan) depending on where you are but you shouldn’t even consider a long and passionate kiss. So making out in public in Morocco is therefore out of the question.
In Morocco, locals do not kiss in public. Never. It’s against the law, especially before marriage (it is forbidden publicly or not).
Kissing in public is “an act of aggression against Moroccan Muslim society and people” a behavior otherwise deemed “indecent” by the authorities of the country. The penal code also defines a series of prohibitions and sanctions in this matter. (even if it is not often applied).
So as an advice, for your own good, when you’re outside, try not to kiss your partner in public. This way, you can avoid unpleasant reactions and, therefore, unfortunate situations, that might ruin your holiday. You just have to imagine that outside it’s a family community and that in Morocco nothing can be hidden in public. Everyone can see what you are doing, even if you believe that there is no one there, there’s a pretty good chance that there is always someone. 😉
Proper public displays of affection in Morocco
Mostly, however, especially for a foreign couple visiting Morocco, these public displays of affection listed below are considered normal and okay:
- Brief hug
- Holding hands
- A quick kiss on the cheeks
- walking arm and arm, or hands in hands
What is not considered acceptable and rude in Morocco as a public display of affection :
- Kissing and very long passionate kissing
- Sexual touch or contact in a public place
- Lying on top of your partner
Also, for your information, Moroccan couples that are not yet married, cannot stay in a hotel room in Morocco as Police checks every evening the hotel records and carry out regular checks. The law applies in all its strictness.
So, can you kiss in Morocco? Yes, but better keep it in private, not in public, and definitely, not during Ramadan.