Morocco started reopening borders in September for tourists from 67 different countries (including U.S. citizens). Negative PCR test, hotel reservation and business trip confirmation are required for entering the country.
Morocco Reopening – Latest Updates
Update (OCT 12) – More flights from EU to Morocco
From October 11th, Ryanair airlines is reopening its operations to Morocco. There will be direct flights to Marrakech from these aiports:
Also, direct flights to Agadir from these airports:
What is the current COVID-19 situation in Morocco?
As of October 12th, Morocco has 152K positive COVID cases and 2,605 confirmed deaths caused by the virus.
Below information was up to date as of August 27th
Masks remain required in all public spaces. COVID infections in Morocco continue to rise, casting doubt on whether the government will open the borders on September 10, 2020.
Morocco canceled all regularly scheduled commercial air travel and ferry dockings. Special access flights and ferries to limited cities allow Moroccan citizens to enter the country.
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.
Rules for entry into Morocco include the following:
Completing a health form detailing your condition over the previous 30 days;
You must present both a negative COVID-19 PCR test and negative serologic test, and both tests must have been completed within 48 hours of entry into Morocco;
You must quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival to Morocco;
You must 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.
People are barred from entering or leaving Tangier, Tetouan, Meknes, Fes, Casablanca, Berechid, Settat, and Marrakech. These cities possess high COVID counts. 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.
Covid Situation in Morocco
Morocco’s infection count spiked in late July. It averaged over 1000 new cases a day in August, including a record high of 1,776 on August 15, 2020. The spikes occurred not long after entering a new phase of relaxed restrictions. Government officials contended that the spikes occurred because of behaviors indicating that the general public failed to realize the pandemic’s ongoing threat.
Morocco currently has 53,252 positive COVID cases. 920 deaths are attributed to COVID. Morocco claims 37,478 people recovered from the coronavirus.
On August 24, 2020, the government reported 903 new infections. They also tallied 1,135 recoveries. They added 32 new deaths. The 903 new cases were the lowest count since August 10, 2020, and the first time that new cases numbered less than 1000 since that date.
Morocco’s first reported COVID case occurred on March 2, 2020. Morocco ordered a stringent shutdown on March 19, 2020. The government eased some restrictions starting June 13, 2020, with additional easing occurring on July 15, 2020. Recent infection spikes call into question the continued easing of lockdown measures.
Morocco fines travelers who violate rules regarding travel. Police also instituted checkpoints and placed additional security around routes into cities to ensure that only properly documented citizens travel.
On August 25, 2020, two major supermarkets in Marrakech closed. At least 100 employees of the Marjane owned stores tested positive for COVID. Authorities in Marrakech, perhaps the most popular city in Morocco for international travelers, shut-in twelve neighborhoods to help prevent the spread of COVID in the city.
Field hospitals remain under construction in Casablanca to assist with the increasing number of hospitalizations. Casablanca currently accounts for approximately 25% of the COVID cases in Morocco.
Morocco wishes to receive tourists during winter season
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, you 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, you can enjoy the Atlantic Ocean beaches. You can also 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 you 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.