Health Alert: Health State of Emergency Extended Until December 10, 2020

The Government of Morocco has extended the country’s “Health State of Emergency” until December 10, 2020.

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.

Travelers entering Morocco must present a negative PCR test result dated within 72 hours of departure.  A serological test is no longer required for boarding.  Although the Moroccan government does not require COVID-19 testing for those departing from Morocco, airlines may require COVID-19 test results based upon travel destination restrictions.  Travelers should check COVID-19-related restrictions in place in the countries and states where they plan to travel.

Within Morocco, regional or local authorities may put into place (sometimes with little notice) travel or other restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.  Individuals entering or departing from the Casablanca city limits must have a letter of permission issued by Moroccan authorities.  In Casablanca, there is an evening curfew between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am.  Those who circulate within Casablanca during these hours must have proper authorization from local authorities.