Health Alert: CDC Issues Level 3 Travel Health Notice on Morocco; New Curfew Hours

On August 2, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Morocco (raising the level from Level 2) due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country.  The risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower for those who are fully vaccinated.

The Government of Morocco has extended the country’s “Health State of Emergency” to September 10.  As part of its emergency efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Morocco has announced that beginning today, August 3, 2021, the country’s national curfew hours are between 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.  The Government also announced the closure of gyms and hammams.  Additionally, the Government 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 monitor social media and local press reports for more information.  Ensure you are familiar with local requirements prior to travel between regions and remember to follow the instructions of local authorities.