Morocco travel restrictions, COVID tests and quarantine requirements
Morocco decided to ease a number of Morocco travel restrictions that were imposed 14 months ago to confront the Coronavirus, in light of the continuous improvement in the epidemiological situation in the country, and the increasing number of beneficiaries of vaccination. It allowed the establishment of gatherings and activities according to specific conditions and controls.
The Moroccan King Mohammed VI demands a tariff effort for expatriates coming on vacation to Morocco. Which company to travel with during this summer 2021, what are the prices of plane tickets? Do you need a PCR test to travel to Morocco from France? What we know.
Morocco’s air and sea borders have been open since June 15, 2021. This date also marked the launch of Operation Marhaba, which facilitates the return to the country of Moroccans residing abroad for the summer holidays. Faced with the dissatisfaction of travelers over the exorbitant price of plane tickets to Morocco and the difficulty in booking them, King Mohammed VI ordered airlines to offer lower prices on their plane tickets, as well as ” establish sufficient rotations to ensure returns to the Kingdom this summer 2021. More than 40 airlines will thus offer flights to Morocco during the summer period. Three and a half million places will be available for the period from June 15 to September 30, i.e. three-quarters of the capacity offered in 2019.
Royal Air Maroc, therefore, offers reduced and fixed fares depending on the number of members of the same family traveling together. The prices of plane tickets range from 150 euros for one person to less than 100 euros for a family of four for the Europe zone to 600 euros for the America zone. According to the responses received, however, few travelers have managed to book tickets at reduced prices. “A record attendance was observed on our various distribution channels – website, Royal Air Maroc agencies and travel agencies. If the flights on certain dates were totally saturated, more than 70% of the capacity put in place over the period. is still available for sale. We, therefore, encourage customers to look for alternative dates if they cannot find a place on their initially scheduled dates, “Royal Air Maroc reacted in a statement. On Twitter, she announced that “The new flights are scheduled for the weeks” July 29 to August 04 “and” September 02 to September 08, 2021 “.
After announcing the reopening of Moroccan borders on June 15, the main airlines operating to the kingdom from France also unveiled their flight schedule to Marrakech, Oujda, Rabat, Nador, Fez and Tangier. July and August 2021. Air France offers flights to Agadir, Marrakech, Rabat and Tangier from Roissy and Orly. From its bases in Paris, Nantes, Lyon and Montpellier, Transavia serves the major Moroccan airports with 14 lines including Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier. For its part, TUI fly has announced that it will serve 7 cities in Morocco from Lille, including two new tourist destinations: Tangier and Fez. If Ryanair does not officially connect with its summer program in Morocco, flights to Marrakech, Rabat or Tangier are on sale from Paris Beauvais from June 15. Please note that many flights are already full.
The only maritime connections planned for Morocco this summer leave from France (Sète, Marseille), Italy (Genoa) or Portugal (Portimao), with a total of 650,000 passengers and 180,000 vehicles expected between June 15 and September 15 – four times less than usual – according to figures from the Moroccan Ministry of Transport. A second PCR test will be carried out on board the ferries. Land borders remain closed. No crossing is possible, in both directions. This concerns in particular the border crossing points with Ceuta and Melilla, as well as with Mauritania (Guerguerat).
Are Morocco’s borders open?
After months of a state of emergency and a stop to tourism in order to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Morocco reopened its air borders on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. On the two lists set up with different rules access in order to know which travelers are authorized to no on Moroccan soil and under which conditions, the French are part of list A and must therefore have a vaccination certificate and / or a negative result of a PCR test of less than 72 hours to travel to Morocco.
Maritime links between France and Morocco have been re-established as part of the “Marhaba 2021” operation. Please note, the land borders remain closed. No crossing is possible, in both directions. This concerns in particular the border crossing points with Ceuta and Melilla, as well as with Mauritania (Guerguerat).
Are restaurants, bars, shops, and museums open in Morocco?
In recent days, Morocco has relaxed several Morocco travel restrictions related to Covid-19. It is now allowed to travel without restrictions at the national level. Restaurants, cinemas, and theaters, as well as public swimming pools, have reopened again. Wearing a compulsory mask remains compulsory and police checks have been stepped up in recent weeks in various cities across the country.
Have the airports reopened, with which company to go to Morocco?
From June 15, flights will be operated in both directions (France-Morocco and Morocco-France) by French and Moroccan airlines which should be contacted for all reservations and information. It is therefore no longer necessary to go through the French consulates to travel by plane. The companies Transavia, Ai France, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair and TUI fly have already put on sale plane tickets for Morocco with departures from June 15, 2021.