Morocco is open to tourism for citizens, residents and nationals of visa-free countries (which includes US citizens). However, the government recently banned some of these countries due to concerns about the spread of the virus.
All incoming travelers must bring negative results from the PCVID COVID-19 test and proof of booking at a Moroccan hotel in order to enter.
Morocco has already started vaccination campaigns and the goal is to vaccinate 33 million people this year.
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The National Airport Office announced earlier today that Morocco has suspended flights to and from 17 additional countries until further notice.
The new countries banned today were:
- Tunisia (from April 15)
In addition, Moroccan authorities have announced a new curfew for the entire month of Ramadan (April 13 to May 13) in an attempt to contain the rapid spread of new variants of the coronavirus in the country. All shops, malls and restaurants throughout the territory must be closed at 20:00 (Source)
Update – April 3 – New countries banned
Another 2 countries have been added to the already long list of countries banned from entering Morocco. From March 30, citizens of France and Spain will not be able to enter until further notice. This restriction extends to citizens of those countries who travel from countries other than their own.
In addition, travelers who come or transit from the following countries are also not allowed to enter, regardless of the time spent in those countries:
- From February 18, 2021 – Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, United Kingdom, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine
- Effective February 23, 2021 – Turkey, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany
- As of March 2, 2021 – Belgium, Italy
- As of March 5, 2021 – Algeria, Egypt
- From March 9, 2021 – Poland, Norway, Finland, Greece, Lebanon, Kuwait
- As of March 16, 2021 – Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Cameroon, Croatia, Mozambique
- From 23 March 2021 – Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Guinea-Conakry
- Effective March 30, 2021 – France, Spain
The government has yet to announce a reopening date for any of these countries.
Update – March 9
Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Moroccan government decided to suspend flights to and from Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal , South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Unfortunately, all visitors arriving in the country from the aforementioned departure points will be denied entry. Travelers visiting Morocco through the UK are also not allowed.
This ban is expected to end on March 21.
Update – February 11
Given the threat of the new COVID-19 strains, Morocco decided to ban flights to and from Australia, Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and New Zealand from 19 January. (Source)
Foreigners who do not need a visa can still enter.
The country purchased 2 million doses of AstraZeneca last month and is expected to receive a second installment of 4 million doses today. To date, 746,116 people have been vaccinated. (Source)
Update – December 18
The country will remain closed to foreigners, with the exception of those who does 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 probably linked to a continuous increase in cases and deaths that has not stopped growing since August.
Update – November 20
Morocco began reopening the borders in September for tourists from 67 different countries (including US citizens). Negative PCR test results, hotel reservations and business travel confirmation are required to enter the country. The country is, however, experiencing an increase in COVID infections.
Which countries can enter Morocco now?
Citizens, residents and nationals of visa-free countries who are not on the prohibited list above.
Is Morocco open to Americans?
Morocco is open to Americans under certain conditions. American travelers booking Moroccan hotels or travel agencies are allowed to enter. In addition, entrepreneurs invited by Moroccan companies can come and go.
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, its risk level has been changed from 4 to 3. Only essential trips are recommended and travelers at risk of serious illness due to COVID-19 they should reconsider their travel plans. (CDC.gov – Warning Level 3 of Morocco)
What is the current situation of COVID-19 in Morocco?
From April 16, Morocco reported 504,847 positive COVID cases and 8,934 confirmed deaths caused by the virus.
The police regulate travel between cities to avoid violations of orders that prohibit travel. Travel between cities in Morocco depends on cities with similar COVID infection profiles.
Entry rules and restrictions
All visitors must,
- Complete one health form detailing your health condition in the last 30 days;
- Submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
- Download one tracking application to allow contact tracking;
- Non-citizens residing in Morocco must present a residence card in order to enter Morocco.
Morocco assigns each of its other regions the status of Zone 1 or Zone 2. Traveling between zones is prohibited. The government regularly updates a region’s status as Zone 1 or 2.
Morocco requires the use of a mask in all public places. They strongly encourage social detachment, hygiene and disinfection.
The government provides guides on how to disinfect homes and hotels. In a speech to the nation on August 20, 2020, the King of Morocco declared the use of a mask and patriotic hygiene duties.
He pleaded with Moroccans to take the pandemic seriously and to take all measures to protect themselves and others.
He invoked “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 the case count does not start to decrease, increased restrictions may be implemented, including the possible return to total closure.
The Covid-19 Scientific Committee of Morocco is responsible for making recommendations on appropriate restrictions to combat COVID.
Located at the northwestern tip of Africa and separated from Spain only by the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco offers many adventures for tourists. The rich culture, the Mediterranean beaches and the Sahara Desert offer temptations for anyone.
Marrakech attracts the attention of international visitors more than any other Moroccan city. Its famous Souks dazzle buyers and browsers. A haven for bargainers, the Souks are big enough to get lost.
Marrakech also boasts the Jardin Majorelle’s stunning gardens. After the dispute and the excitement of the Souks, Jardin Majorelle offers a peaceful place to relax. Here, visitors can experience a little of the beauty that Morocco offers.
The Al Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is considered a must-see for many tourists. A brilliant 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, travelers can enjoy the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean or take tours of the Sahara Desert, with some tours that offer overnight stays in tents.
Some tours even combine trips to the beach with trips to the desert, giving visitors a taste of both environments during an excursion.
Morocco also offers a vibrant culinary scene. Stuffed camel spleen and sheep brain top the list of exotic foods that some Westerners may not try.
Vendors also offer camel burgers, bread baked in the sand and fantastic lamb dishes prepared in a variety of spices.
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