Travel abroad. Here are the answers to your various questions [MAJ 15-09-2021]

Extraordinary permission to leave the territory, visas, conditions for access abroad … We have gathered in this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) the answers to the various questions regarding travel abroad.

Can Moroccan nationals leave the national territory for tourist reasons? Or do they still need permission?
Vaccinated Moroccan citizens do not need the permits previously issued by the prefectures and provinces. However, they must ensure that they meet the conditions for access to the countries of destination. Example: Spain.

How is the procedure for requests for extraordinary permits to leave the territory?
In addition to a PCR test, non-vaccinated persons and minors must have an extraordinary authorization issued by the local authorities (prefectures or others) less than 48 hours before boarding.

Is the Moroccan vaccine passport recognized in Europe?

The European Commission has decided to establish the equivalence of Covid-19 certificates issued by Morocco with those of the European Union (EU).

What about resuming visa issuance?
The French embassy in Morocco has announced the resumption of the visa issue. She specifies that agreements on renewal applications for short-stay visas for a period of one year or more issued by France are open from Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The Embassy adds that it is advisable to apply online on the France-Visa website before making any agreement with TLS. For its part, the Spanish Visa Center in Casablanca, BLS, resumed receiving applications in May last year.

What are the conditions imposed by foreign countries to gain access to their territories?

Traveling in Europe

Country Special conditions associated with covid-19
France Vaccination passports (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson) and / or a PCR or antigen test performed less than 48 hours before travel.
Spain Vaccination passport (all vaccines accepted) and / or a PCR or antigen test performed less than 42 hours before the trip.
Italy Vaccination passport (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, other vaccines not yet decided) and / or a PCR or antigen test performed less than 48 hours before travel.
Greece Vaccination passports (unspecified vaccines) and / or a PCR test performed less than 48 hours before travel or a covid-19 cure certificate issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory or a positive result of PCR molecule test that confirms that the holder has recovered from infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued within the previous 9 months and more than 2 months from the date of the test.
Portugal Vaccination passport (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, other vaccines not yet decided) and / or a PCR or antigen test performed less than 48 hours before travel.
Turkey The vaccination card does the trick, otherwise you have to show a PCR. Turkey and Morocco mutually recognize vaccination certificates issued by the respective authorities of the two countries. Please note that in addition to the PCR test to be presented, all passengers arriving in Turkey from other countries and having visited Brazil, the United Kingdom, Denmark and South Africa will be quarantined for 14 days in places designated by the official Turkish authorities have chosen after their arrival. On the 10th day of the quarantine period, passengers must undergo another PCR test, and if the result is negative, the isolation period ends.
Croatia Vaccination passport (not specified) and / or a PCR or antigen test. Individuals who have had covid-19 within the last six months may present a medical certificate confirming the recovery from Covid-19.
Austria Vaccination passports (vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency or which have passed the WHO EUL process) and / or a PCR or antigen test
Cyprus Vaccination passport (all vaccines) and / or a PCR or antigen test
Malta Vaccination passport and / or a PCR or antigen test. In addition, travelers do not have to pay anything to perform their PCR test in Morocco.
Iceland Presentation of a complete vaccination certificate with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency or by the WHO, or a medical certificate proving that you have already contracted the virus, exempt from the border health protocol, ie. The PCR test before departure. Only a PCR test on arrival in Iceland is required, even children must take this test. Travelers must then remain in quarantine until the negative test result is obtained. If they do not receive a message within 24 hours, the result is negative. They also do not have to carry out a 5-day quarantine.

Travel outside Europe

Country Special conditions associated with covid-19
Dominican Republic Vaccination passport (all vaccines accepted) and / or a PCR test
Bahamian Vaccination passport (all vaccines accepted) and / or a PCR test
Mexico Vaccination passport (all vaccines accepted) and / or a PCR test
Seychelles Vaccination passport (all vaccines accepted) and / or a PCR test
Panama Vaccination passport (all vaccines accepted) and / or a PCR test
Thailand On July 1, the popular island province of Phuket reopens for fully vaccinated international visitors without quarantine, becoming the first Thai destination to lift this travel restriction. In the coming days, the Thai authorities will announce which countries are classified as “low or medium risk”, if citizens / residents / newcomers will be able to benefit from this relaxation.
Canada Vaccination passport (not specified) and / or a PCR or antigen test. A screening test before leaving the airport is also required. At that time, you will receive a COVID-19 collection kit for home testing that you can use for your test on day eight of your mandatory quarantine. After the test on arrival, go to the hotel you have booked to await the test result.
Tunisia Moroccans who have been vaccinated and have received two doses or immunized, ie. have been infected with coronavirus for more than 6 weeks, will be exempt from quarantine and negative PCR testing to be performed before departure from 1 June 2021. For others over the age of 12, they must present a negative result of a PCR test performed 72 hours before departure. They will also have to commit “on their honor” to spend seven days in detention at their place of residence.
Senegal, Ivory Coast The vaccination card is not enough: presentation of a PRC test is mandatory.

From which countries can we access Moroccan territory?
The Moroccan authorities have drawn up two lists classifying the countries on the basis of their epidemiological situation.

Are all airlines allowed to operate Moroccan airports?
Yes, all airlines serve Morocco from A-list airports, which obtain overflight and landing permits from the Moroccan authorities responsible for air transport.

How do I know if my country of residence is on list A or list B?
Lists A and B are already available on the electronic pages of the Ministries responsible for Foreign Affairs, Health and Tourism. Both lists will be updated regularly at least twice a month as needed.

Which countries are on list A?
List A contains the Member States of the United Nations which are not mentioned in the list.

What are the conditions for access to Moroccan territory for list A travelers?
Travelers from these countries can gain access to Moroccan territory if they have a negative PCR test from at least 72 hours from the date of entry into the national territory.

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Which countries are on list B? (from 25 June 2021)

What are the conditions for access to Moroccan territory for list B travelers?
Passengers from List B are encouraged to provide a negative PCR test that goes back less than 48 hours, emphasizing the same source and noting that they are classified into 2 categories:

Holders of a certificate certifying that the person has been vaccinated with one of the vaccines accepted in Morocco are exempt from quarantine.

2- Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated persons from list B must, for their part, observe a controlled quarantine of 10 days at the expense of those persons in the structures previously designated by the Moroccan authorities with a control PCR test on the 9th day. . Moroccan citizens or persons from Morocco as well as foreigners residing in Morocco from countries on list “B” are encouraged to isolate themselves at home once in Morocco for 5 days with a screening test on the 5th day.

Which vaccines are recognized by Morocco?

Which hotels have been designated to accommodate quarantined travelers?

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Should the vaccinated person submit a PCR test?
Yes, the PCR test remains mandatory even for travelers coming from a list A country that has a vaccination passport. Children 10 years of age or younger are exempt from PCR testing.

From what point is the vaccination passport considered valid by the Moroccan authorities?
The Moroccan authorities consider the vaccination passport to be valid 2 weeks after the submission of 2. dose of the vaccine.

Is Royal Air Morocco special offer only for Moroccans around the world?

Which maritime transit points are affected by Operation Marhaba 2021?
These are the ports of Sète and Marseille in France and Genoa in Italy, in addition to the port of Portimao in Portugal soon.

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