Health Alert: Health State of Emergency Extended Until November 10; Special Operation Flights Continue

The Government of Morocco has extended the country’s “Health State of Emergency” until November 10.

U.S. citizens should continue to 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 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.

Air travel to and from Morocco remains restricted to specific categories of travelers.  Citizens and residents of Morocco, as well as foreign nationals of visa-exempt countries (which includes U.S citizens) with reservations with Moroccan hotels or travel agencies and business persons invited by Moroccan companies, are allowed to enter and depart.  Special operations 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.  U.S. citizens seeking to fly from Morocco to a destination other than the United States are required to obtain an exceptional authorization from local authorities.

Ferry passage remains limited to special operation ferries between Morocco and Sète, France and Genoa, Italy.  The borders with Ceuta and Melilla remain closed.

Anyone entering Morocco at this time must undergo COVID-19 testing before departure and present a negative PCR test dated within 72 hours of departure (Morocco no longer requires a serological test for boarding).  There is no requirement for COVID-19 testing in order to depart Morocco; however, travelers should verify the testing requirements of their travel destination.