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Morocco is open for tourism and leads COVID-19 immunizations in Africa
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Morocco is open for tourism and leads COVID-19 immunizations in Africa

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Morocco is open for tourism and leads COVID-19 immunizations in Africa

Morocco reopened on June 15 for vaccinated tourists without testing restrictions from 100+ countries.

All inbound travelers must bring a vaccine certificate or negative PCR COVID-19 test results.

Fully vaccinated travelers from Morocco’s list B are now allowed entry without quarantine restrictions. Unvaccinated travelers must observe a 10-day quarantine.

Morocco has already started vaccination campaigns and its goal is to vaccinate 33 million people this year. 

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August 27 – Morocco to lead COVID-19 immunizations in Africa with digital technology 

Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt top the vaccination drives in Africa amidst a vaccine shortage. 

Citizens only need to scan their QR codes at the new smart vaccination center in Errhma to get vaccinated.

“The main innovation here (…) is a complex information system integrated into the vaccination centre itself, using PCs, tablets, QR code scanning at the entrance and exit,” said Mohamed Loughzel, an officer at the vaccination center.

According to Africa’ CDC head, less than 3 percent of continent’s population is fully vaccinated so far. 

Source: Aljazeera

August 11 – Morocco to lift night-time curfew and travel restrictions for fully vaccinate people

Morocco extended its nationwide state of emergency though September 10, but has waived interstate travel and night curfew restrictions for all fully vaccinated people. 

Authorities have restricted travel to and from the cities of Agadir, Casablanca and Marrakesh.

Also, the country expanded the existing nightly curfew by two more hours. As of today, it is in force from 9:00 pm (2000 GMT) to 5:00 am, according to a government statement. 

Land border crossings to Morocco remain closed for tourism but land borders with Senegal and Mali have reopened.

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Who can enter Morocco now? – Updated August 27

List A – Can enter the country with a negative COVID-19 test

  • The member states of the United Nations that are not mentioned in List B.

List B – Permitted to enter the country with a negative COVID-19 test and a 10-day mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility. Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine. 

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Angola
  4. Argentina
  5. Bahrain
  6. Bangladesh
  7. Benin
  8. Bolivia
  9. Botswana
  10. Brazil
  11. Cambodia
  12. Cameroon
  13. Cape Verde
  14. Central African Republic
  15. Chad
  16. Chile
  17. Colombia
  18. Congo
  19. Cuba
  20. Egypt
  21. Eswatini
  22. France
  23. Guatemala
  24. Haiti
  25. Honduras
  26. India
  27. Indonesia
  28. Iran
  29. Iraq
  30. Jamaica
  31. Kazakhstan
  32. Kenya
  33. Kuwait
  34. Latvia
  35. Lesotho
  36. Liberia
  37. Lithuania
  38. Madagascar
  39. Malawi
  40. Malaysia
  41. Maldives
  42. Mali
  43. Mauritius
  44. Mexico
  45. Namibia
  46. Nepal
  47. Nicaragua
  48. Niger
  49. North Korea
  50. Oman
  51. Pakistan
  52. Panama
  53. Paraguay
  54. Peru
  55. Portugal
  56. Qatar
  57. Russia
  58. Saudi Arabia
  59. Seychelles
  60. Sierra Leone
  61. Somalia
  62. South Africa
  63. South Sudan
  64. Spain
  65. Sri Lanka
  66. Sudan
  67. Syria
  68. Tanzania
  69. Thailand
  70. Togo
  71. Tunisia
  72. Uganda
  73. Ukraine
  74. United Arab Emirates
  75. Uruguay
  76. Venezuela
  77. Vietnam
  78. Yemen
  79. Zambia
  80. Zimbabwe

(Source)

Which countries can enter Morocco now?

Citizens, residents, and nationals of visa-exempt countries that are not part of the banned list above. 

Is Morocco open for Americans?

Morocco is open for the U.S. tourists from June 15 with proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.

Is it safe to visit Morocco during COVID-19?

The CDC ranks Morocco at level is 4, – Very high incidence of COVID-19 transmission.-

What is the current COVID-19 situation in Morocco?

As of August 11, Morocco has reported 720,256 positive COVID cases and 10,607 confirmed deaths caused by the virus.

Police regulate travel between cities to prevent violations of the orders prohibiting travel. Travel between cities in Morocco depends on the cities possessing similar COVID infection profiles.

Entry rules and restrictions 

Morocco open for tourism

All visitors must,

  • Complete a health form detailing their health condition over the previous 30 days;
  • Present both a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours prior to boarding and a vaccine certificate.
  • Download a tracking app to allow for contact tracing;
  • Non-citizens residing in Morocco must present a residency card to be allowed entry into Morocco.

Morocco assigns each of its other regions Zone 1 or Zone 2 status. Travel between zones is prohibited. The government updates the status of a region as Zone 1 or 2 regularly.

Morocco mandates wearing a mask in all public places. They strongly encourage social distancing, hygiene, and disinfecting.

The government provides guides on disinfecting homes and hotels. In an address to the nation on August 20, 2020, the King of Morocco declared mask-wearing and hygiene patriotic duties.

He implored Moroccans to take the pandemic seriously and take all measures to protect themselves and others.

He invoked the Moroccan “values of sacrifice, solidarity and loyalty” as a guide to help the country control the spread of COVID.

In the same speech, the King also stated that if case counts do not begin to decrease, increased restrictions may be implemented, including a possible return to a complete shutdown.

Morocco’s Covid-19 Scientific Committee bears the responsibility for making recommendations on appropriate restrictions to combat COVID.

Tourism in Morocco

Located on the northwestern tip of Africa and separated from Spain only by the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco offers many adventures for tourists. The rich culture, Mediterranean beaches, and the Sahara Desert offer temptations for anyone.

Marrakech draws the attention of international visitors more than any other Moroccan city. Its famous Souks dazzle shoppers and browsers. A haggler’s paradise, the Souks are large enough to get lost in.

Marrakech also features the stunning gardens at the Jardin Majorelle. After the Souks’ haggling and busy crush, the Jardin Majorelle offers a quiet place to relax. Here, visitors can experience some of the beauty that Morocco offers.

The Al Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca rates as a must-see for many tourists. A shining example of Moroccan architecture, it is the seventh-largest mosque in existence.

It is the only mosque in Casablanca open to non-Muslims. It can host approximately 105,000 worshipers.

From Agadir, travelers can enjoy the Atlantic Ocean beaches or take tours of the Sahara Desert, with some tours offering a night in tents.

Some tours even combine trips to the beach with trips to the desert, giving visitors a taste of both environments during one excursion.

Morocco also offers a vibrant culinary scene. Stuffed camel spleen and sheep’s brain top the list of exotic foods that some westerners may not try.

Vendors also offer camel burgers, sand-baked bread, and fantastic lamb dishes cooked in a variety of spices.

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July 28 – Morocco’s Tourism Revenues went down by 62.7% despite of dropping quarantine for vaccinated travelers

The Moroccan Department of Studies and Financial Forecasts (DEPF) has announced that tourism revenue dropped by 62.7% in the first 5 months of 2021.

According to the (DEPF), the worst month has been March when less than 30% percent of the expected tourists arrived.

The third wave of the pandemic is also not helping. Morocco has registered over 4,000 cases per day recently. Consequently, authorities banned mass gatherings, weddings and restricted restaurant and bar’s capacity.

The country has recently dropped quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers who can produce a certificate showing they received their last dose at least 2 weeks before travel.

Authorities expect this measure helps them to boost tourism by the end of 2021.

Source: Morocco World News 

July 12 – Morocco to require travelers from Spain, Portugal and France to undergo 10-day quarantine again from July 13 

The new spread of COVID-19, fueled by its new Delta variant has forced Morocco to prioritize public health over the economy. 

Effective July 13, once again visitors from Spain, Portugal and France will have to quarantine at a government-designated facility per 10 days at their own expense. 

Besides, these travelers will need to obtain a “special authorization” and submit a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 48 hours prior to arrival.

A few days ago, the Minister of Health Khalid Ait Taleb warned about a possible new national lockdown due to the spike in infections. 

“Taking into account the evolution of the epidemiological situation over the last two days, we have been able to observe an accelerated increase in cases of contamination compared to the trend observed during the last months,” he said.  

Source: Spanish News Today

June 26 – Morocco reopened to multiple countries without testing restrictions from June 15

After a 15-month closure, Morocco is welcoming back fully vaccinated visitors from the US, Canada, and the U.K without testing restrictions, only a vaccination certificate is required.

Morocco has also added 100 more countries to its A-List (Green list). Travelers from this list who have not received two courses of a COVID-19 vaccine need to submit proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before arrival. (Source).

On the other side, Moroccans are experiencing travel barriers due to the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine. 

Despite leading one of the most successful vaccination campaigns in the world, the EU has recommended treating vaccinated Moroccans as unvaccinated people. The government has widely used the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine which has not been not approved by the economic bloc. 

June 10 – Morocco is set to reopen for tourism to multiple countries on June 15

Effective June 15, Morocco will reopen its airports and ports to international visitors from the U.K., all European Union countries (except Lithuania), U.S., Canada, Russia, China and any UN member country that is not on Morocco’s list B.

Nationals and visitors will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no older than 48 hours before the date of entry or a vaccine certificate. 

Travelers from countries that do not provide public reliable data will also need to ask for a special permit to enter the country, said the government  in a statement.

(Source)

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