Morocco travel advice: entry requirements for UK visitors - and what are the Covid rules in the country?

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Morocco has reopened its borders to UK tourists after a 16-week ban

Travel firms are anticipating a surge in summer holiday bookings after the government announced Covid testing for fully vaccinated arrivals in the UK will be scrapped this month.

The requirement will be dropped from 11 February, along with self-isolation rules for unvaccinated arrivals.

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Those who are not double jabbed will also no longer need to take a day eight test, but must still show proof of a negative test taken two days before travel and a post-arrival PCR test.

Morocco reopened its borders for commercial flights on 7 Feburary (Photo: Getty Images)Morocco reopened its borders for commercial flights on 7 Feburary (Photo: Getty Images)
Morocco reopened its borders for commercial flights on 7 Feburary (Photo: Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

The changes come as a welcome relief to the travel industry, which has been hard hit by restrictions over the course of the pandemic, and is a positive step in opening foreign travel back up.

Travel firms have already seen a boost in demand for the Greek Islands, Turkey and Dubai, but if you have your eye on a trip to Morocco this year, these are the entry requirements and Covid rules you need to know.

What are the entry requirements for Morocco?

The Moroccan government confirmed the reopening of borders for commercial flights into and out of Morocco on 7 February.

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Brits were banned from visiting the popular tourist destination in October last year, when the country stopped all direct flights from the UK, Germany and the Netherlands in response to rising Covid-19 cases.

The borders have now reopened after a 16-week ban, but the suspension of ferry services has been extended until further notice.

To enter, all travellers must present a valid Covid-19 vaccine pass which shows proof of having two doses. The second dose must have been given at least two weeks before travel.

It is also a requirement to show proof of a negative PCR test result, with the sample having been taken within 48 hours of boarding.

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Children under the age of six are exempt from the pre-travel PCR test requirement.

Anyone aged under 18 is exempt from having to show a vaccine pass.

Travellers must also download, print and sign a passenger health form before arrival in Morocco.

Rapid antigen tests will be conducted on arrival for all passengers, as well as PCR tests for randomly selected groups of travellers.

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An additional PCR test may also be required after 48 hours of arrival for some passengers selected at random.

Specific measures will be put in place for those who test positive, including isolation at travellers’ place of residence. More serious cases will be transferred to hospital.

Travellers should also be aware that a valid vaccine pass is required to leave Morocco.

Morocco will accept the UK’s NHS Covid Pass as proof of vaccination at the border.

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Those who are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status must make sure it dates from 1 November or the certificate cannot be scanned.

What Covid rules are in place?

A state of health emergency has been in place in Morocco since 20 March 2020 and many Covid-19 restrictions are still in place.

Under current rules, public and private gatherings are permitted but are limited up to a maximum of 50 people.

Hammams, public swimming pools and sports facilities must operate at 50% capacity, while restaurants, coffee shops, shops and supermarkets have a curfew of 11pm.

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A Covid-19 vaccine pass is required to enter some public places, including hammams, gyms, cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops, sports halls and public administration buildings.

The wearing of face masks in public spaces also remains mandatory in the country.

Failure to respect the rules can lead to a prison sentence of up to three months or a fine of up to MAD 1300.

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