The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday the suspension of scheduled flights to and from France.
This decision, taken because of the epidemic resumption in France, will come into force “Friday November 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm (22:59 GMT) and until further notice” explains the press release from the Moroccan ministry. Morocco wishes “to preserve the achievements in terms of management of the Covid-19 pandemic and to cope with the deterioration of the health situation in certain countries of the European neighborhood.”
France is therefore one of the countries targeted by the Moroccan restrictions which intervene after the strengthening of health measures, without re-containment or a curfew announced at midday by the French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran.
Morocco strengthens its health measures
Almost two weeks ago, the kingdom already strengthened controls at its borders due to the increase in cases of Covid-19 contamination in Europe. From now on, in addition to the compulsory health pass and negative PCR tests, on arrival in Morocco, travelers go through a double check, by thermal cameras and electronic thermometers and by antigenic tests, details the press release.
Moroccan measures provide that any passenger who tests positive on arrival will be returned immediately to their country of origin, at the expense of the air or sea transport company, with the exception of permanent residents in Morocco.
Many European countries targeted
These measures concern all people from so-called “list B” countries, namely France, several countries of the European Union as well as the United Kingdom, Algeria and Tunisia, according to the latest update from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Last month, Moroccan authorities had already suspended flights to and from Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Russia because of the evolving health situation in these four countries.
If in Morocco the epidemiological situation is constantly improving, having allowed the lifting at the beginning of November of a national night curfew in force for months, Europe once again became this fall the global epicenter of the pandemic.