(Ecofin Agency) – Morocco will open its borders to international flights from June 15. The information was reported in a June 6 press release from the Foreign Ministry.
The resumption of flights will follow an approach which “combines a gradual opening up of […] and preserving the country’s gains to contain the spread of the coronavirus, “the statement said.
As part of this strategy, the Moroccan government has set up two lists of countries depending on the Covid situation. Passengers from countries on list A will only be able to enter Morocco after presentation of a vaccination certificate or a negative covid-19 test dating less than 48 hours before the date of presentation. On the other hand, passengers from list B will have to “obtain exceptional authorizations before traveling, present a negative PCR test dated less than 48 hours from the date of entry into the national territory, then undergo medical isolation. of 10 days. . “
Authorities said countries on List B are not affected by relief measures due to the presence of variants of the virus or the lack of precise data on the course of the pandemic. These include Algeria, South Africa, Benin, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Sudan. “Both lists will be updated regularly at least twice a month as needed,” the statement said.
To control the spread of the virus, Morocco declared a state of emergency and closed its land and air borders in March 2020. Later, the country initiated a partial reopening of the borders until March 2021 where, with the risk increased, a new closure was ordered.
However, with the implementation of the vaccination campaign and a downward trend in the number of cases, Morocco has decided to relax the restriction measures. Since the end of May, cafes and restaurants have been allowed to reopen and the curfew has been extended until 11 p.m. The resumption of flights is a further step towards a relative return to normalcy and should contribute to the resumption of activities in sectors such as tourism, which suffered a 53.8% drop in revenues in 2020.
In addition, Morocco is considering the return of nationals residing abroad, by sea, as part of the “Marhaba 2021” operation, which takes place each year between June 15 and September 15. a negative PCR test, but also undergo a test on board ships to “ensure maximum health security for them and their relatives”.
Carine Sossoukpè (intern)