Entry/Exit: Morocco expands its travel restrictions from March 13 amid rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. Additional travel restrictions likely.

This alert affects Morocco

This alert began 14 Mar 2020 23:19 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite from March 13
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
Moroccan authorities announced March 14 that they would suspend flights to and from 25 additional countries to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These countries include: Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chad, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Senegal, Switzerland, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

Morocco indefinitely suspended all air and sea travel to and from France from March 13. The move came one day after Rabat imposed an identical travel ban with regard to Spain. Officials have also indefinitely closed the border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, located on the north coast of Africa as of March 13.

Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (AT) announced March 8 that it had suspended all flights to the Italian cities of Milan and Venice; however, service to these cities operations will resume April 8. The airline also suspended all direct flights to China in January.

Additional travel restrictions and business disruptions remain likely in the coming days if COVID-19 activity increases in Morocco. As of March 14, there have been 18 confirmed cases of the disease in Morocco, with one death.

Advice
Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.