While the health situation is improving, Morocco has lifted the curfew in force since March 2020. Access to most public places remains subject to the health pass. The conditions to enjoy the Moroccan winter sun.
[Le Maroc vient d’annoncer la suspension de tous les vols à destination et en provenance de France en raison de la dégradation sanitaire jusqu’au 31 décembre inclus. Plus d’informations ici. ]
Morocco awaits the return of tourists. After an outbreak of Covid-19 cases in August, the health situation improved significantly at the start of the school year. The number of weekly contaminations, critical cases and deaths has decreased thanks to the progress of the vaccination campaign which has affected 12/17 year olds since the end of August. More than 22 million people have been fully vaccinated (i.e. more than 60% of the population) according to John Hopkins University, which makes the Cherifian kingdom the African champion in terms of vaccination, despite delays in the initial objectives. Arrival and travel conditions have eased in recent days for travelers from a country on list B, such as France, especially for children.
What are the entry formalities for French people traveling to Morocco?
Morocco is currently on the list of orange countries for France, which means that unvaccinated French people must justify a compelling reason to go there. If they are not vaccinated or incomplete, travelers from France must complete a sworn statement committing them to observe a ten-day quarantine in one of the hotels designated by the Moroccan authorities. The Cherifian kingdom having placed France on list B, French travellers, whether vaccinated or not, are required to produce on arrival the negative results of a PCR test less than 48 hours old and a health record. The National Airports Office (ONDA) has also just announced that children under the age of 12 – compared to 11 years old previously – can now travel to Morocco, without the obligation of a negative PCR test or a vaccination certificate. They will be subject to rapid antigenic control on arrival in the national territory.
For travelers arriving by ferry, a 2and test can be carried out on board in order to meet the deadlines. Morocco recognizes most vaccines, with the vaccination schedule deemed complete two weeks after the last required dose has been administered. Once there, thermal cameras are installed at airports. Any abnormal temperature now results in an antigen test. Upon return to France, no formality is required for vaccinated travellers. Others must produce a PCR test within 72 hours or an antigen within 48 hours, undergo random antigen testing on arrival and commit to self-isolate for seven days.
Curfew, movement… What are the restrictions on site?
A further easing of restrictions has been in effect since November 9: the curfew in force since the start of the pandemic has been lifted. The vaccination certificate is necessary to access all closed places: hotels, cafés and restaurants, cinema, sports halls and hammams.
Inter-city travel, previously subject to the presentation of a vaccination pass or an administrative travel authorization, is now free.
While welcoming the management of the pandemic, tourism professionals deplored a lack of visibility before the announcement of this relaxation. “ In the very short term, the situation is still difficult “, summed up Hamid Bentahar, president of the National Confederation of Tourism (CNT), “ but overall confidence is returning “. Among the good news, the number of flights is increasing and we even see new airlines taking an interest in Morocco “.
Between June 15, the date of resumption of international flights and August 31, air traffic totaled 3.56 million passengers, or 65% of the volume of 2019 according to the National Airports Office (ONDA), four connections with the France in the top 5. In this respect, the “Airport Health” certification of 16 Moroccan airports by ACI World (Airport Council International) is a positive signal, as is the recent recognition of the Moroccan vaccination pass by the European Union (the Sinopharm vaccine is not recognized by France but since September 22, people who have received both doses can complete their vaccination course with a dose of messenger RNA vaccine). Other good news in the general opinion of professionals, the emergence of a new majority at the end of the legislative elections of September 8 carried by entrepreneurs deemed more interested in the development of tourism than their predecessors.
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Museums, monuments: what activities are possible in Morocco this winter?
Beaches, monuments, museums and gardens are to be enjoyed without the usual crowds. If the riads are far from having returned to their usual activity, the schedules are starting to fill up and the medina is taking on new colors between renewed effervescence in Jemaa El Fna square. Enough to hope for an upturn for the winter and beyond with the lifting of the main restrictions, in particular for nightlife. “There is a whole category of customers who appreciate Marrakech for the festive side at night and who will only return when there is no longer a curfew”notes Fabrice Castellorizios, general manager of the five-star Radisson Blu hotel.