COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  September 3, 2020

Country Specific Information:

  • The Government of Morocco has extended the country’s “Health State of Emergency” until October 10.  U.S. citizens should be aware that regional or local authorities may put into place (sometimes with little notice) travel or other restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.  The city of Casablanca currently has a curfew in place from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am, and those wishing to enter or depart the city limits must have a letter of permission issued by Moroccan authorities.  In-person schooling is currently prohibited in Casablanca, and local markets must close by 3:00 pm, cafes and shops by 8:00 pm, and restaurants by 9:00 pm.  U.S. citizens should monitor social media and local press reports for more information regarding your specific location.
  • All regularly scheduled commercial flights to/from Morocco remain suspended, as do ferries to/from Spain.  The borders with Ceuta and Melilla remain closed.  Special operation flights to/from Morocco are taking place on Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Air Arabia, and Air France.  RAM is operating a direct flight from Casablanca to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).  Special operation ferries are taking place to/from Morocco and Sète, France and Genoa, Italy.
  • Masks are mandatory in all public spaces.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? It depends
    • Air travel to and from Morocco remains restricted to specific categories of travelers.  Citizens and residents of Morocco and, as of September 6, foreign nationals of visa-exempt countries (which includes U.S citizens) with reservations with Moroccan hotels or travel agencies and business people invited by Moroccan companies are allowed to enter and depart.  Special operation flights serving these passengers, including a direct flight on Royal Air Maroc between Casablanca (CMN) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), will continue to operate under the Health State of Emergency.  U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States should book directly with the airlines.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • The Government of Morocco (GOM) has established pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements for all travelers entering Morocco. Travelers entering Morocco must complete a PCR test (of less than 48 hours) and a serological test (can be outside 48 hours), with printed results to present on request at check-in and to GOM officials on arrival.  Note: Children under 12 years old are not required to complete these tests.
    • A COVID-19 test is not required to depart Morocco.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • The Government of Morocco will conduct a health screening on travelers entering the country.
  • On March 17, 2020, the Ministry of Interior announced that foreigners who recently entered Morocco and were unable to depart the country within 90 days due to the closure of borders and airspace will be permitted to exit without a fine (when the borders and airspace reopen), even if they are not in possession of an extension to reside in the county beyond 90 days. Similarly, the Government of Morocco will continue to honor the residency cards of foreigners that expire during this period. The Government of Morocco has not announced whether foreign citizens will be able to continue to depart without a fine after the end of the Health State of Emergency, whether that is September 10 or a later date.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • On July 27, the Government of Morocco announced that domestic travel is prohibited until further notice to/from the following cities:  Berrechid, Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Meknes, Settat, Tangier, and Tetouan.  Those needing to travel to an airport for a special operation flight, or to/from one of these cities for medical or work reasons, must receive a travel authorization letter from the local authorities.  In addition to domestic travel for health, work, or board a special operation flight, Moroccan authorities have indicated that a hotel reservation in another city is sufficient reason to obtain a travel authorization.
    • S. citizens should be familiar with local requirements prior to travel between regions and remember to follow the instructions of local authorities.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • The Government of Morocco is not imposing a mandatory quarantine on foreign citizens entering the country.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • If you are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19, please contact the Moroccan Ministry of Health’s hotline at +212 (0)8-0100-4747. Assistance is available in English, French or Arabic.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Some limited services
    • All regularly scheduled commercial flights to/from Morocco remain suspended, as do ferries to/from Spain.  Special operation flights to/from Morocco are taking place on Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Air Arabia, and Air France.  RAM is operating a direct flight from Casablanca to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • To travel between cities on public transportation, travelers must obtain authorization from the local authorities.  Masks are required on all public transportation.
  • Can U.S. citizens travel to Europe from Morocco? It depends

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • You may be fined for non-compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services are being offered on a limited basis. Passport renewals, emergency passports, and notarial service appointments can be made online through our website.
  • Visas Services:  The U.S. Consulate General is not currently processing any routine visa applications.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
    • Beginning July 21, the Consulate General began issuing replacement immigrant visas to individuals who were unable to travel to the United States (due to the Health State of Emergency) prior to the expiration of their visa.  If you are in possession of an unused, expired immigrant visa packet, you will need to undergo a new medical exam and book a new appointment using ustraveldocs.com/ma/.
    • The Consulate General is currently processing IR1/CR1, IR2/CR2, and adoption-related immigrant visas.
    • The Consulate General is currently processing student visas.
    • The American Citizen Services Unit is unable to answer U.S. visa-related questions.
    • For any U.S. visa related questions, please contact our Visa Support Center:
    • Permanent Resident Status:  U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents are free to travel outside the United States and temporary or brief travel usually does not affect their permanent resident status.  Residents who return to the United States within a year are generally considered to be in status. LPRs that have been outside of the United States for more than a year (365 days) will need to apply for a returning resident visa (SB-1) when the Consulate resumes routine visa services.  There are no special exceptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For additional information regarding your lawful permanent resident status, contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at uscis.gov or by calling +1-212-620-3418 (from overseas).

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