The Government of Morocco has extended the country’s “Health State of Emergency” until July 10 as part of its emergency measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The government also announced the gradual resumption of a limited number of commercial activities. It classified each region of Morocco into Zone 1 and Zone 2, with Zone 1 allowing more economic activity and Zone 2 remaining more restrictive. At this time, most major cities are classified as Zone 2 (Casablanca, El Jadida, Fez, Kenitra, Marrakech, Mohammedia, Rabat, and Tangier/Assilah). Zone 2 still requires an exceptional travel authorization for any outing; Zone 1 does not for travel within the province/city. Businesses in Zone 2 will be required to close at 8:00 PM. Regional committees will reassess these classifications on a weekly basis using Ministry of Health criteria. Meanwhile, restaurants and cafes remain closed nationwide (unless for takeout/delivery), and routine travel between provinces/cities remains suspended.
All regularly scheduled commercial flights to and from Morocco also remain suspended indefinitely. The borders and ferries to/from Europe also remain closed. The Government of Morocco has not announced when it will allow international commercial flights or ferries to resume. The U.S. Consulate General advises waiting to purchase any tickets until the government confirms international flights or ferries will be allowed to take place.
The U.S. Consulate General has arranged special repatriation flights for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents that will take place on June 12 and June 19. Both flights are fully booked; no seats remain available on either flight. At this time, no additional repatriation flights are currently scheduled, but the Consulate continues to monitor developments closely and will re-assess depending on how long commercial flight options remain unavailable. If the Consulate arranges future flights, it will announce any flight opportunities via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, on U.S. Embassy Rabat’s website, and through social media.
As a reminder, on March 17, 2020, the Ministry of Interior announced that foreigners who recently entered Morocco and were unable to depart the country within 90 days due to the closure of borders and airspace will be permitted to exit without a fine (when the borders and airspace reopen), even if they are not in possession of an extension to reside in the country beyond 90 days. Similarly, the Government of Morocco will continue to honor the residency cards of foreigners that expire during this period.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca continues to provide emergency American Citizen services only. Routine passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notary appointments remain suspended, as do all visa operations. If you require an emergency ACS service, please write to ACSCasablanca@state.gov. All questions about immigrant, fiancé, or other types of visas should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.