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Morocco is finally reopening its borders after a two-month flight ban

The North African country will let in international visitors for the first time since November

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver

Back in November, Morocco brought in a strict lockdown, closing borders to all travellers in response to rising Omicron case rates. Moroccan nationals could return, but entry was forbidden for everyone else and flights were banned. From February 7, however, that will all change, as the country finally reopens to international visitors again.

According to the country’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc, the easing of restrictions will apply to travellers from 67 nations that are exempt from Morocco’s visa requirements. These include the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and all EU member states.

Any potential holidaymakers will want to consider that flights in and out of the country are still limited, and face masks remain mandatory in all public places.

As for testing requirements? These aren’t clear just yet, but the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) currently states that ‘when flights resume’ visitors will need to provide proof of full vaccination, plus a passenger locator form and a negative PCR test result from within 48 hours of arrival. The same rules apply for those arriving by ferry. Children under six are currently exempt from testing rules.

With Omicron still raging across the globe, your holiday options look a bit sparser than previous years. But if you play it right and do your research, it seems you could be heading to one of Morocco’s legion of top beach resorts this summer. Could be worse, huh?

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