(Updated July 9, 2020)
The Government of Morocco has put into place a “Health State of Emergency” as part of its emergency measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. On June 25, Morocco entered Phase II of its deconfinement strategy. The strategy continues to distinguish between Zone 1 and Zone 2 regions, with the zones subject to different state-of-emergency measures. The easing (or stricter enforcement) of the measures will be solely up to the discretion of Walis and Governors, who may promote or revert a region to a Zone 1 or 2 designation as necessary according to the local health environment. Changes in status (Zone 1 or 2) will be determined by local conditions.
Wearing a mask in public remains obligatory in all zones.
On July 8, the Government of Morocco announced that Morocco will partially reopen its borders on July 14. It will allow Moroccan residents (including U.S. citizens who are dual Moroccan citizens) to return and permit foreign citizens to depart.
Flights will take place on Moroccan national airlines, which is expected to be Royal Air Maroc and Air Arabia. The U.S. Consulate General does not have additional information about what routes will be flown by the national airlines. Ferries will bring in Moroccan residents from Sète, France and Genoa, Italy. The borders with Ceuta and Melilla will remain closed and there will not be ferries to/from Spain.
Anyone entering Morocco must undergo COVID-19 testing within 48 hours of departure. They must show a PRC test AND a serological test. These two tests will be required at boarding when traveling by air. Those who travel to Morocco by sea will have the choice between providing the results of their own tests when boarding OR undergoing testing on the ferry.
Upon arriving in Morocco, the travelers will undergo a clinical examination: a temperature check and examination by a doctor. Anyone who presents symptoms of Covid-19 will be accommodated for 7 days in dedicated structures. All others will have to sign a declaration of voluntary isolation at home and to repeat a PCR test after 7 days, which must also prove to be negative.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the American Citizen Services Unit open?
The American Citizen Services (ACS) at the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca has resumed a limited amount of routine ACS services. Routine U.S. Citizen Services are available by appointment only. U.S. citizens can make appointments for passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs), and notaries using our website: https://ma.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/.
All visitors to the U.S. Consulate General must wear a mask at this time.
Can I book a seat on the U.S. July 15 Special Repatriation Flight?
The July 15 U.S. Special Repatriation Flight is fully booked and no available seats remain. Seats were available on a first come, first serve basis.
This is the 16th special repatriation flight arranged by the U.S. Consulate General. ACS Casablanca has assisted around 2700 U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents with departing the country during this time.
Can you put me on the list for the next repatriation flight?
The U.S. Consulate General does not maintain such a list. When flights are arranged, the Consulate announces the flight via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), on our website, and on the Embassy’s social media pages.
To ensure you receive any future updates, we recommend enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). You can enroll at https://step.state.gov/step/.
I have been in Morocco more than 90 days. Will the government penalize me when I leave?
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 country beyond 90 days. Similarly, the Government of Morocco will continue to honor the residency cards of foreigners that expire during this period.
Can I travel to Europe starting on July 14?
Most European nations re-opened their borders on July 1 to nonessential travelers from select countries in which COVID-19 is deemed sufficiently under control. The United States is not included on the list, which will be reviewed every two weeks. Residents of the United States are not allowed to enter the European Union at this time unless they qualify for an exception or currently reside outside of the United States in a country on the approved list.
If you are a resident of Morocco, it is possible that you will be allowed to enter Europe; however, you should check with the border control authority of the European country that you wish to visit, as it is their decision.
What if I am just transiting a European airport? Can I fly through Europe back to the United States?
European officials have generally made an exception for transit passengers. You will likely be permitted to transit a European airport; however, if the European travel restrictions remain in place at that time, you will not be permitted to leave the airport.
Can I fly to London since it is not in the European Union?
U.S. citizens are currently allowed to fly to the United Kingdom, which is outside Europe’s free movement zone. Most individuals arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days and may be contacted to verify compliance. New arrivals will be required to provide UK officials with contact and travel information prior to arrival by completing a Public Health Locator Form. This form must be completed by each member of your traveling party.
For England: From July 10, 2020, passengers arriving to England by air, land, or sea from a number of “travel corridor” countries do not need to self-isolate so long as they have only visited the listed countries in the past 14 days.
Please see U.S. Embassy London’s COVID-19 Information for further information: https://uk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-information/.
I am a U.S. citizen in the United States, or in another country outside of Morocco, and I want to return to Morocco. When can I return to Morocco?
The Government of Morocco has announced that beginning July 14, Moroccan residents may return. It has not yet announced when it will allow non-residents or tourists to enter the country. It is up to the government of Morocco when they will allow foreign citizens to return. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate General cannot assist you with returning to Morocco during this time.
I am a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and I have been out of the United States more than 6 months. Will I lose my LPR status? Lawful permanent residents are free to travel outside the United States, and temporary or brief travel usually does not affect your 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 www.uscis.gov or by calling +1-212-620-3418 (from overseas).
What if my immigrant visa expires before I am able to travel to the United States?
The U.S. Consulate General is not processing any visa applications at this time. Once visa processing resumes, we will prioritize re-seeing applicants whose immigrant visas have expired before they were able to travel. Visas cannot be extended; however, immigrant visa holders will be able to apply to receive a new immigrant visa after undergoing a new medical exam.
When will the Consulate General resume routine visa processing, such as student visa processing or B1/B2 tourist visas?
We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
For any other visa related questions, please contact our Visa Support Center:
05-20-48-50-13 (in Morocco)
1-703-520-2245 (from the U.S.)