suspension of flights, vaccines, tests … What you need to know

While the health situation is improving, Morocco has lifted the curfew that has been in place since March 2020. Access to most public places remains subject to the health passport. The conditions for enjoying the Moroccan winter sun.

[Le Maroc vient d’annoncer la suspension de tous les vols à destination et en provenance de France en raison de la dégradation sanitaire jusqu’au 31 décembre inclus. Plus d’informations ici. ]

Morocco is waiting for the return of tourists. Following an outbreak of Covid-19 cases in August, the health situation improved markedly at the start of the school year. The number of weekly contaminations, critical cases and deaths has dropped thanks to the progress of the vaccination campaign, which has affected 12/17-year-olds since the end of August. More than 22 million people have been fully vaccinated (ie, more than 60% of the population), according to John Hopkins University, making the Cherifian Kingdom the African champion in vaccination, despite delays in initial targets. Arrival and travel conditions have been eased in recent days for travelers from a List B country, such as France, especially for children.

What are the entry formalities for French people traveling to Morocco?

Morocco is currently on the list of orange countries for France, which means that unvaccinated French must justify a compelling reason to go there. If they are not vaccinated or incomplete, travelers from France must complete an affidavit obliging them to comply with a ten-day quarantine at one of the hotels designated by the Moroccan authorities. After the Kingdom of Sheriff places France on List B, French travelers, whether vaccinated or not, must present on arrival the negative results of a PCR test less than 48 hours old and a health record. The National Airports Office (ONDA) has also just announced that children under 12 – compared to the previous 11 years – can now travel to Morocco without the obligation of a negative PCR test or a vaccination certificate. They will be subject to rapid antigen control upon arrival in the national territory.

For travelers arriving by ferry, a 2e tests can be performed on board to meet deadlines. Morocco recognizes most vaccines and the vaccination plan is considered completed two weeks after the last required dose has been administered. Once there, thermal cameras are installed at airports. Any abnormal temperature now results in an antigen test. Upon return to France, no formality is required for vaccinated travelers. Others must produce a PCR test within 72 hours or an antigen within 48 hours, undergo random antigen testing upon arrival, and commit to isolation for seven days.

Curfew, movement … What are the restrictions on the site?

A further easing of restrictions has been in force since 9 November: the curfew that has been in place since the start of the pandemic has been lifted. The vaccination certificate is required to access all closed places: hotels, cafes and restaurants, cinema, sports halls and hammam.

Travel between cities that was previously subject to the presentation of a vaccination passport or an administrative travel permit is now free.

While welcoming the handling of the pandemic, tourism professionals lamented a lack of visibility before the announcement of this easing. “ In the very short term, the situation is still difficult “, summed up Hamid Bentahar, President of the National Confederation of Tourism (CNT),” but general confidence returns “. Among the good news, the number of flights is increasing and we are even seeing new airlines interested in Morocco “.

Between 15 June, the date of resumption of international flights and 31 August, air traffic accounted for a total of 3.56 million passengers, or 65% of the volume in 2019, according to the National Airports Office (ONDA), four connections with France in top 5. In this respect, the “Airport Health” certification of 16 Moroccan airports by ACI World (Airport Council International) is a positive signal, as is the recent recognition of the Moroccan vaccination passport by the EU (the Sinopharm vaccine is not recognized by France ) but since 22 September, individuals who have received both doses can complete their vaccination course with a dose of messenger RNA vaccine). Other good news in the general perception of professionals, the emergence of a new majority at the end of the parliamentary elections on 8 September carried by entrepreneurs who are considered to be more interested in the development of tourism than their predecessors.

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Museums, monuments: what activities are possible in Morocco this winter?

Beaches, monuments, museums and gardens should be enjoyed without the usual crowds. If the riads are far from returning to their usual activity, the schedules begin to fill up and the medina takes on new colors between the renewed flare-ups at Jemaa El Fna Square. Enough to hope for a recovery for the winter and beyond with the lifting of major restrictions, especially for nightlife. “There is a whole category of customers who appreciate Marrakech for the festive side at night and who only return when there is no longer a curfew”notes Fabrice Castellorizios, general manager of the five-star Radisson Blu hotel.

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