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Official: Morocco to Resume Flights on June 15, 2021

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The Moroccan authorities have decided to resume flights to and from the Kingdom as of Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad announced on Sunday, stressing that these flights will be carried out under exceptional authorizations given that Moroccan airspace is still closed.

“Based on the positive indicators of the epidemiological situation in the Kingdom of Morocco and the drop in the number of cases of infections with the new coronavirus, in particular after the expansion of vaccination campaigns in our country, the Moroccan authorities have taken new progressive measures in order to relax the restrictions on the movement of travelers wishing to access the national territory ”, specified the ministry in a press release.

These measures aim to facilitate the “Marhaba 2021” operation allowing the return of Moroccans residing abroad to the kingdom, added the same source.

The ministry said that “this operation will take place according to an approach that combines gradual opening – taking into account the evolution of the national and international epidemiological situation – and preservation of the gains made by our country to stem the spread of the coronavirus”.

In this context, the countries were classified into two lists, in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, on the basis of official epidemiological data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) or by these countries themselves via their official websites.

List “A” includes all countries with positive indicators with regard to the control of the epidemiological situation, in particular, the spread of variants of the virus.

Thus, travelers from these countries – whether they are Moroccan nationals, foreigners based in Morocco, or citizens of these countries or foreigners residing there – can have access to Moroccan territory if they have a certificate of vaccination and/or a negative result of a PCR test of at least 48 hours from the date of entry into the national territory.

Holders of foreign vaccination certificates will benefit from the same advantages granted by the Moroccan vaccination certificate to Moroccan citizens on national territory, the ministry said.

As for list “B”, it is intended to be a restrictive list of all the countries not concerned by the relief measures contained in list “A”, and which are experiencing a spread of variants or the absence of precise statistics on the epidemiological situation.

Travelers from countries on this list must obtain exceptional authorizations before traveling, present a negative PCR test less than 48 hours from the date of entry into the national territory, then undergo a 10-day medical isolation.

The “A” and “B” lists will be published on a regular basis on the electronic sites of the ministries responsible for Foreign Affairs, Health, and Tourism, the same source said, noting that the two lists will be regularly updated at least two times a month as needed.

Concerning the return of Moroccans residing abroad by sea, as part of the “Marhaba 2021” operation, it will take place from the same maritime transit points from last year in accordance with the health conditions mentioned above, knowing that in addition to the PCR test presented during boarding, travelers will undergo another test onboard to ensure maximum health security for themselves and their loved ones.

List A contains the Member States of the United Nations which are not mentioned in List B.

List B includes Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Congo (DRC), Cuba, United Arab Emirates, Eswatini, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Uganda, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Central African Republic, People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North), Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Chad, Thailand, Togo, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.