Authorities in Morocco have decided to end the restrictions imposed at the borders to prevent the spread of Covid-19, announced the National Airports Office (ONDA). This measure, which responds to a very clear improvement of the pandemic situation, was made effective on Friday, September 30th.
“Following the decision of the Moroccan authorities, health restrictions (PCR or Vaccine Pass) to enter the Moroccan territory are lifted from today,” wrote the ONDA on its Twitter account. “Only the passenger’s health form must be presented duly filled in, and handed over upon arrival at a Moroccan airport.”
Since May 18th, 2022, travelers wishing to visit Morocco had to present a vaccination passport or a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old, as well as a health form.
According to the Ministry of Health, Covid-19 infections have dropped in recent weeks. And the situation is now characterized by a very low spread of the virus throughout the kingdom.
Out of 36 million inhabitants, more than 23.4 million people have received a second dose of vaccine, and nearly 7 million the third, since the virus appeared in Morocco on March 2, 2020. A total of 16,278 patients have died from Covid-19.
Economically, the closure of Morocco’s borders has hit the tourism, hotel and restaurant industry hard. A vital sector for the country’s economy.
One of the most popular tourist choices is to travel from Marrakech to Ouarzazate to Merzouga. It is an escapade that allows in a very short time to marvel at the most beautiful natural and cultural jewels of southern Morocco: The snowy peaks of the High Atlas, valleys and green gorges, ancestral villages, kasbahs and Ksars that have defied time, majestic oases, and then of course the magnificent golden dunes of the Sahara desert.
Since the reopening of Moroccan airspace in February, tourism has been able to restart. According to the ONDA, Morocco’s airports received more than 12 million passengers during the first eight months of the year, a recovery rate of 74% compared to the same period in 2019, before the pandemic.