Health Alert: European Flight Suspensions and Disruptions to International Travel

The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens that the Government of Morocco continues to operate under a Health State of Emergency.  During this time, authorities may put into place with little notice restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.  These measures may include border closures and/or flight suspensions.

As of February 25, the Government of Morocco has suspended all flights to/from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.  All passengers traveling from or transiting those countries are currently not allowed to enter Morocco.

A nationwide curfew between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am remains in place.  Those needing to bypass curfew hours should seek a signed exceptional movement permit from local authorities.  U.S. citizens should monitor social media and local press reports for more information.

As a reminder, the Department of State currently urges U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Morocco due to COVID-19.  When travel internationally at this time, U.S. citizens should carefully consider the rapidly evolving global travel landscape and possible disruptions they may incur. 

Travel to the United States:  Effective January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding.  ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.  Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

As a reminder, 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 less than 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.  The Consulate General is unable to fingerprint U.S. citizens in conjunction with a Moroccan residency application.

Monitor our website:  The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General continue to monitor the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19 in Morocco and in other locations worldwide.  The most current information regarding the impact of COVID-19, including COVID-19 testing locations in Morocco, may be found at our COVID Information Page.