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Morocco Remains Open to Tourists from 69 Countries with PCR tests

Morocco is open to visa-exempt nationals from 69 territories but it has banned flights coming from 5 of them. All inbound travelers must bring negative PCR COVID-19 test results and proof of a booking at a Moroccan hotel to be granted entry.

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

Morocco Opening Tourism – Latest Updates

Update – February 11

Given the threat of the new COVID-19 strains, Morocco has decided to ban flights to and from Australia, Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and New Zealand starting January 19. (Source)

Foreigners who do not require a visa are still allowed entry.

Vaccination rollout

The country acquired 2 million doses from AstraZeneca last month and should be getting a second installment of 4 million doses today. As of today 746,116 people have been vaccinated. (Source)

Vaccination rollout in Morocco
Vaccination progress in Morocco

Update – December 18

The country will remain closed for foreigners, with the exception of those who do not require a visa until, at least, January 2021. Special travelers (business travelers and essential workers regardless of their nationality may still be allowed entry under certain conditions).

This preventive measure is most likely linked to an ongoing spike in cases and deaths that has not stopped growing since August.

Update – November 20 

Morocco started reopening borders in September for tourists from 67 different countries (including U.S. citizens). Negative PCR test results, hotel reservation, and business trip confirmation are required for entering the country. The country is, however, experiencing growth in COVID infections.

Which countries can enter Morocco now?

All visa-free countries that can enter Morocco:

  • All EU citizens
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Gabon
  • Hong Kong (30 days)
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ivory Coast
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Liechtenstein
  • Maldives (30 days)
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Niger
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Singapore (30 days)
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • USA

Is it safe to visit Morocco during COVID-19?

Morocco is not considered a safe country to visit during COVID-19, according to the CDC, their risk level has been changed from 3 to 4. Only essential travel is recommended and travelers at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should reconsider their travel plans. (CDC.gov – Morocco Warning Level 4)

What is the current COVID-19 situation in Morocco?

As of February 11, Morocco has reported 476,689  positive COVID cases and 8,436 confirmed deaths caused by the virus.

COVID-19 situation in Morocco
Source: WHO

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 reopening borders to tourism
  • Completing a health form detailing your condition over the previous 30 days;
  • You must present both a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours prior to boarding.
  • 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.

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

Morocco open for tourism

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.

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