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

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

U.S. citizens should 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 currently 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.  In-person schooling is currently prohibited in Casablanca, and local markets must close by 3:00 pm, cafes and shops by 8:00 pm, and restaurants by 9:00 pm.  U.S. citizens should monitor social media and local press reports for more information regarding your specific location.

Air travel to and from Morocco remains restricted to specific categories of travelers.  Citizens and residents of Morocco and, as of September 6, foreign nationals of visa-exempt countries (which includes U.S citizens) with reservations with Moroccan hotels or travel agencies and business people invited by Moroccan companies are allowed to enter and depart.  Special operation 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.

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 48 hours of departure and a serological test.  There is no requirement for COVID-19 testing in order to depart Morocco; however, travelers should verify the testing requirements of their travel destination.