Will we be able to travel to Morocco this summer? “It’s the most complete artistic blur”

Will the French be able to return to Morocco this summer? If the interest of travelers is obvious, reservations lag behind due to lack of visibility. Meanwhile, the kingdom begins to ease the restrictions and prepare for summer.

The sun may be shining over Morocco and the beaches are rolling out their golden blankets, but the climate remains unsafe for travel as the summer season approaches. And a question arises: Can we book our holiday in Morocco this summer? “We are in the most complete artistic blurSummarizes René-Marc Chikli, President of the Union of Tour-Operation Companies (Seto). Because there are still more obstacles on the way to vacation in Morocco.

At present, as for most countries outside the EU, any entry into France and any exit to or from Morocco is prohibited unless there is a compelling reason. A brake that tourists hope to see soon be lifted with the resumption of extra-European tourist flows in accordance with the health conditions announced by the French government on 9 June. “We push for Maghreb destinations to be included in the list of countries without compelling reasons and without quarantineSays Jean-Pierre Mas, president of the trade association Les Entreprises du Voyage, who hopes that the request will be a success.

The Moroccan sky was still closing

Morocco still needs to reopen its skies. While the state of health has been extended until June 10, and air connections have so far been suspended with about fifty countries, including France, no resumption of flights has been announced. moment given by the authorities, no more than a health protocol for entry into Moroccan territory.

Meanwhile, speculation is going well. An encouraging sign: In line with the recommendations of the National Scientific and Technical Committee, the restrictions tend to ease.

Since May 21, the curfew has been postponed until 6 p.m. 23:00, and restaurants, bars and shops may remain open until this deadline. Decisions based on the stability of the health situation and progress in the vaccination campaign (5.1 million people vaccinated and 8.3 million first injections as of 27 May) targeting a target group of 30 million.

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Thanks to this relief, cities are regaining some of their animation. In Marrakech, the cultural agenda is starting to fill up and hotels are putting the finishing touches on their gardens. Theaters, cinemas, cultural centers, libraries, museums and monuments can finally reopen to 50% of their capacity. In Essaouira and Agadir we enjoy the pleasures of the beach that were finally found. Everyone in the country has officially authorized access to the summer season, with respect for physical distance.

Clubs, for their part, are preparing, if necessary, measures to reassure customers, ranging from a more flexible cancellation policy to facilitating PCR tests. Club Med has already announced the opening of its Marrakech club on June 12 and the Yasmina club in Cabo Negro near Tangier on June 26. Others expect an opening in early July, such as the Alpitour and its newly renovated Bravo Club d’Agadir. Currently, party rooms can open with 50% of their capacity, provided they do not exceed 100 people.

We do not expect an extraordinary summer“, notes Patrice Caradec, president of Alpitour France, which is only achieving postponements of previous reservations at the moment.”But we hope to achieve a decent July-August, and in addition to restart the destination and our team“.

The interest is there

If new reservations are still slow for the summer – they are almost non-existent among travel agents and tour operators who are members of the Entreprises du Voyage and Seto – the interest in Morocco is there. For Expedia, Marrakech is the 10the instead of the most popular destinations for the summer, and MisterFly notes an encouraging recovery in sales since May, with a concentration on July and August.

One question remains, will the planes be there? French professionals are concerned about a possible shortage and a rise in prices as a result. According to data from the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT), which is preparing a major international recovery campaign, 4.9 million seats (ie 76% of capacity in 2019) are planned for the summer, all destinations combined. Easyjet has scheduled flights from June 12 to Morocco from France, with Transavia counting on twenty routes from Paris, Nantes, Lyon and Montpellier from June 11. But the company is careful to specify that the program will be run “depending on the lifting of travel restrictions and the opening of borders“.

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