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The Netherlands bans travelers entering from Morocco on August 13

Written by FDM

Travelers from Morocco will no longer be able to access the Netherlands starting August 13 at midnight, in accordance with a measure decided on Wednesday by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security.

The measure is justified, according to the ministry, by the increase in cases of contamination observed in recent weeks in the Kingdom.

“This decision was taken on the basis of a risk assessment with criteria that are as objective as possible on the health situation in Morocco and the measures applicable there”, indicates the Dutch ministry in a document published on its website.

He added that “In this context, as for Serbia, Montenegro, and Algeria, the number of new infections has been examined, among others. This number must be lower than the European average of June 15 for 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days. It also examines the overall response to COVID-19 in the affected country.  This includes the number of performed tests, the search for contacts tracking, and the control measures”.

In this regard, the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, observed that “unfortunately, the health situation in Morocco has deteriorated to such an extent that the Member States of the European Union decided on August 7, to remove this country from the list of countries for which the entry ban could be lifted, in order to protect public health”.

The list of travel restrictions, however, includes some exceptions which concern, in particular, health personnel, diplomats, military personnel, international civil servants, border workers, transport personnel, fishermen, people working in the energy sector offshore companies, transit passengers, or sailors.

As a reminder, Morocco, already placed under surveillance during the last review at the end of July, is no longer part, since August 7, of the European Union (EU) list of countries exempt from travel restrictions, because of the upsurge in Covid-19 new cases.