Morocco has decided to open for international vaccinated travelers without testing requirements – including those from the US, Canada, and the U.K – from June 15th 2021.
The reopening is an attempt to salvage Morocco’s damaged travel industry as the pandemic has slowed tourism to a crawl for much of the past 15 months.
The Entry Requirements
If travelers are on the A-list which includes the USA, Canada, UK and Europe, along with 100+ other nations, they will only need to show proof of vaccination via a certificate.
However, if travelers are coming from a country on the A list and they haven’t had a vaccine – travelers must show evidence of a negative PCR test over 48 hours before the date of arrival.
If travelers are on the B list, they must have an exceptional travel authorization before they travel. In addition, they will need evidence of a negative PCR test at least 48 hours before the date of arrival.
After that, the Moroccon government will require B-list travelers to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine. Most importantly, travelers on the B list will not receive any relief measures available to travelers on the A list. The Morrocan authorities suggest this will change every two weeks following reviews.
Travelers can’t enter Morocco via any other method than air travel and some very small sea travel options. The nation has suspended land crossings in the past year and will continue to do so.
In terms of sea travel, Morocco will continue its “Marhaba 2021” operation at the same transit points as last year. These points were Genoa, Italy, and Sete, France.
The Current COVID-19 Situation
Morocco has managed to keep cases low throughout the pandemic due to strict border restrictions. The country kept cases low in the initial outbreak before a heavy second wave hit during the winter months.
In November 2020, cases managed to rise to around 5,000 per day, but today, positive cases are between 200 and 400 per day.
The country has recorded 523,999 cases and 9,213 deaths, but the country has given 16,698,797 COVID-19 vaccination doses so far. That puts the nation way ahead of most African countries, which have struggled to vaccinate more than 1% of their populations so far. If you assume that every person requires two vaccines, Morocco has fully vaccinated 22.92% of its population.
The Current Restrictions In The Country
Morocco has implemented various safety measures across the country to help stop the spread of COVID-19. At the moment, public beaches remain open, but travelers must socially distance themselves from other people on the beach.
Resorts are open but will follow strict protocols, including body temperature checks at entrances, hand disinfectant at all entrances, and mandatory mask-wearing in common areas.
Cafes and restaurants are open, but travelers can expect to still see restrictions. For example, travelers will have to wear masks at the entrance and each time they move around. In addition, the cafe or restaurant will check temperatures when people enter, and all entrances and exits are separate to ensure safety.
If travelers stay in hotels, they will have to wear masks in the restaurant areas (when they aren’t eating.) In addition, the staff will check body temperature every time you enter and exit the hotel.
Although restrictions are still in place, they won’t be too dissimilar from many travelers’ home nations at the moment. Morocco is one of Africa’s most popular and safe destinations.
Therefore, many travelers will be delighted at this news, and it gives travelers another potential vacation destination this summer.
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