COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: August 24, 2021

*** Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • The Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory 4 for Morocco, advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Morocco due to a high level of COVID-19 in the country.
  • The Government of Morocco has put into place a “Health State of Emergency” until October 31, 2021. This is likely to be extended.
  • If you are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or to find a testing site, please contact the Moroccan Ministry of Health’s hotline at +212 (0)8-01-00-47-47. Assistance is available in English, French or Arabic.
  • The Government of Morocco has put into place a nationwide curfew between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM.  Individuals must have an exceptional authorization from local authorities to travel during the curfew.  A national mask mandate remains in place throughout the country.  On August 3, the Government also announced the closure of gyms and hammams.  Additionally, the Government of Morocco has put into place a ban on travel to and from the cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, and Agadir.  Only vaccinated individuals, individuals requiring urgent medical care, or those with authorization from local authorities will be permitted to enter/exit these three cities.
  • Commercial airline travel to/from Morocco and the United States is currently available. There are currently direct flights between Morocco and the United States on Royal Air Maroc (RAM) between Casablanca (CMN) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), as well as Casablanca and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). The Consulate General is unable to make travel arrangements; U.S. citizens should book directly with the airlines.
  • Due to the Health State of Emergency, U.S. citizens seeking to fly from Morocco to a destination other than the United States may be required be to obtain an exceptional authorization from local authorities to show at the airport. Travelers should contact the local Wilaya to verify whether this step is necessary. The U.S. Consulate General is unable to submit this request on your behalf; often hotels, tour operators, friends, or family can assist.
  • For entry into Morocco, the Government of Morocco classifies countries into “List A” and “List B.”  List A currently includes the United States and all countries not on List B, given below. Passengers arriving from countries on List A are permitted to enter Morocco with a negative result of a PCR test administered within 72 hours of the date entering Morocco or proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  (Note that even if you have proof of vaccination, it may be advisable to also take a PCR test to have available, if asked.) The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs updates the countries on List A and List B regularly and at least twice a month.  (For additional information about other foreign country entry requirements, review the COVID-19 webpage of the U.S. embassy located in that foreign country.  For example, with questions about travel to France, see U.S. Embassy Paris’ COVID-19 Information.)
  • Travelers from countries on Morocco’s List B must obtain an exceptional authorization from the Moroccan government before traveling (https://www.acces-maroc.ma/#/admissibilite_autorisation) and present a negative PCR test administered within 48 hours of the date entering Morocco.  If not fully vaccinated, travelers coming from or transiting List B countries must also undergo a 10-day quarantine on arrival at a government approved hotel (unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated passengers are required to show proof of hotel reservation; vaccinated passengers must show proof of vaccine but are not required to quarantine).  List B includes the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eswatini, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Please see the Moroccan Ministry of Health webpage for the most up-to-date list: https://www.sante.gov.ma/pages/actualites.aspx?IDActu=434.
  •  Passenger ferries between Morocco and Spain are not currently in operation.  Limited passenger ferry service exits between Morocco and France and Italy.
  • The borders with Ceuta and Melilla remain closed.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Morocco? Yes.  The cost for the test is typically around 700 Dirhams.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.  Results can be provided electronically and are usually available within 24 hours.
  • To find a COVID-19 testing lab near you, contact the Moroccan Ministry of Health’s hotline at +212 (0)8-01-00-47-47. Assistance is available in English, French or Arabic.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.stagov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.  Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption, email ACSCasablanca@state.gov.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Morocco approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Morocco for U.S. citizens to receive?  It depends.  U.S. citizens residing in Morocco with a valid carte sejour are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine locally.  U.S. citizens in Morocco as tourists, however, are not currently eligible to receive the vaccine locally.
  • Which vaccines are available in Morocco?  AstraZeneca (UK), Sinopharm (China), and Sputnik V (Russia)
  • For information on getting vaccinated in Morocco, please contact the COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline, “Allo Liqah,” at 08-00-00-01-47 (French and Arabic) or visit their website at https://liqahcorona.ma/fr.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? It depends.  Please see the “Country Specific-Information” section above.  Entry requirements vary depending upon the country from which travel originates.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  It depends.  Please see the “Country Specific-Information” section above.  Entry requirements vary depending upon the country from which travel originates.
  • U.S. citizens not resident in Morocco are typically permitted to remain in Morocco for only 90 days. If any traveler is questioning whether they have overstayed and might be subject to a fine, before they depart their city where they have been staying, they should visit the immigration officer at the main police station.  In the past, the fines have been approximately 1,000 Moroccan dirhams and require a court appearance. The U.S. Consulate General does not play a role in determining who has overstayed nor can we extend anyone’s stay in Morocco.
  • Travelers should check entry and exit requirements in place in the countries and states where they plan to travel.
  • 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.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is there a curfew in place?  Yes.  There is a nationwide curfew in place between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM.  Individuals must have an exceptional authorization from local authorities to travel during the curfew.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes.  The Government of Morocco has put into place a ban on travel to and from the cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, and Agadir.  Only vaccinated individuals, individuals requiring urgent medical care, or those with authorization from local authorities will be permitted to enter/exit these three cities.
  • U.S. citizens should be familiar with local requirements prior to travel between regions and should remember to follow the instructions of local authorities.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? It depends. 
  • Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated travelers from countries on List B must undergo a 10-day quarantine on arrival at a hotel.  Please see the “Country Specific-Information” section above.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Some limited services.
  • There are currently direct flights between Morocco and the United States on Royal Air Maroc (RAM) between Casablanca (CMN) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), as well as Casablanca and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.  Masks are required on all public transportation and in public spaces, including airports and train stations.

Fines for Non-Compliance

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

Consular Operations

  • Emergency Services for U.S. Citizens:  In case of emergency involving a U.S. citizen in Morocco, please call 05-22-64-20-99 (dialing from Morocco) or +212-522-64-20-99 (dialing from outside Morocco) during regular business hours and 06-61-13-19-39 (dialing from Morocco) or +212-661-13-19-39 (dialing from outside Morocco) on evenings and weekends. *Note: The American Citizen Services Unit is unable to respond to any questions pertaining to U.S. visas.
  • U.S. Passport Services / Consular Reports of Birth Abroad:  To make an appointment for a U.S. passport renewal, please click here.  To schedule an appointment for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, please click here.  If you are a U.S. citizen who needs an emergency passport for imminent travel, please send an email message to ACSCasablanca@state.gov.
  • Notarial Services:  For a notarial services appointment, including the Affidavit of Nationality and Eligibility to Marry, please click here.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination:  The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Immigrant Visa Appointments:  The Consulate General in Casablanca is currently processing immigrant visas (IV) in all categories, including diversity visas (DVs).  The suspension of visa services due to the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Consulate General’s immigrant visa wait times.  As immigrant visa operations resume under constraints based on local conditions and restrictions, the processing of immigrant visas for immediate relatives and other family-sponsored applicants, as well as fiancée visas, is our highest priority.  Scheduling for these appointments is conducted by the National Visa Center (IVs) and the Kentucky Consular Center (DVs).  For any visa-related questions, please contact our Visa Support Center: 05-20-48-50-13 (in Morocco); 1-703-520-2245 (from the U.S.); support-morocco@ustraveldocs.com.
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments: The Consulate General resumed a limited amount of routine B1/B2 processing on June 1, 2021.  The Consulate continues to process student visas and other types of nonimmigrant visas. To schedule a nonimmigrant visa appointment, please click here. If you have an urgent need to travel due to a medical or other emergency, you may request an emergency appointment.  Due to limitations in our visa operations under COVID-19, the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca is prioritizing visa applicants who are citizens and residents of Morocco.  Foreign citizens who are not citizens or residents of Morocco are not currently permitted to book visa appointments in Casablanca.
    • B1/B2, Student, and Other Nonimmigrant Visa Renewals Without an Appointment: NIV applicants may qualify to renew a B1/B2, student visa, and other types of nonimmigrant visas without an interview. This option may be available to persons who meet the following requirements: your visa is either unexpired or expired less than 48 months ago; you are applying for another visa of the same type as your previous visa; and you were not refused a visa at your last interview.  For additional information, please see the Applying for a Visa Renewal webpage.
    • New Passports: Please note that your visa may still be valid even if the passport it is in has expired.  You can travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.
    • U.S. Visa Questions: For any U.S. visa-related questions, please contact our Visa Support Center: 05-20-48-50-13 (in Morocco); 1-703-520-2245 (from the U.S.); support-morocco@ustraveldocs.com. The American Citizen Services Unit is unable to answer questions about U.S. visa applications.
  • U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) 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). 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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