Back in March, Morocco brought in one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, closing its land, air and sea borders to all travellers – and stranding many of its own citizens abroad in the process.
Other North African destinations like Tunisia and Egypt began allowing tourists in earlier this summer. And now, from this week, Morocco says it will finally join them in welcoming international visitors again – as long as they are either ‘business travellers’ or have a confirmed hotel reservation.
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, US, 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 that all passengers will be required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result from within 48 hours of arrival. Face masks are now mandatory in all public places.
Some heavily touristed cities including Marrakech, Fez and Tangier have also been under a strict lockdown – with no one able to enter or leave, except for medical reasons – since the end of July.
That means your holiday options will likely be rather sparse this year. But if you do put in the research, you might well end up, say, at one country’s legion of top beach resorts. Could be worse, huh?
Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.