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Morocco is gradually reopening its air borders

Written by Eric Apim on Monday, June 7th 2021 à 09:57 | Read 789 times

Flights will resume between Morocco and European Union countries (photo: F.Dubessy)
Flights will resume between Morocco and European Union countries (photo: F.Dubessy)
MOROCCO. The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Sunday 6 June 2021 the "gradual" reopening of air borders to and from Morocco as of Tuesday 15 June 2021. To protect itself from the spread of Covid-19, the government had a no-fly list comprising some 40 countries, to which France and Spain had been added since 31 March 2021. "Given that the Kingdom's airspace is still closed, these flights will be carried out under exceptional authorisations," said the ministry's statement, which added that "these measures are aimed at facilitating the return of Moroccans residing abroad to their homeland.

Morocco is now drawing up two lists based on epidemiological data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the countries concerned themselves. The first, called "A", includes "all countries with positive indicators", including those in the European Union. Their passengers, whether Moroccan or foreign, will have to present a vaccination certificate and/or a negative PCR test result less than forty-eight hours old.

The second, known as "B", includes those where "the spread of variants or the absence of precise statistics on the epidemiological situation" exists. This includes 74 countries* including neighbouring Algeria and Syria. Passengers will have to obtain exceptional authorisation to set foot on a Moroccan tarmac, have a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old and undergo ten days of sanitary isolation on site.


Maritime links again possible from Sète and Genoa

By definition, any United Nations country not included in list B is on list A. These lists will be regularly updated, "at least twice a month as needed", underlines the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On the territory of Morocco, holders of foreign vaccination certificates will benefit from the same advantages as Moroccans with a Moroccan vaccination certificate.

Also from 15 June 2021, Moroccans residing abroad will be able to return to their country by sea from the ports of Sete and Genoa, provided they present a negative PCR test on boarding and carry out another one once on board.

At the same time, Moroccans have seen their conditions improved at the same time with the introduction of a vaccination pass allowing them to travel abroad, to move around without restrictions at national level and beyond the night-time curfew which has been extended from 8pm to 11pm. This is accompanied by a resumption of collective prayers, a reopening of cinemas, theatres and public swimming pools while restaurants will only close at 11pm.

According to the CSSE of the American Johns Hopkins University, Morocco has recorded 521,426 cases of Covid-19, including 9,178 deaths. 15 million doses of vaccine were administered.

* Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Congo (DRC), Cuba, Eswatini, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Central African Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.



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