Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Morocco suspends flights and maritime passenger traffic to and from Spain to stem spread of COVID-19 March 12 until further notice.

This alert affects Morocco

This alert began 12 Mar 2020 20:19 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite as of March 12
  • Impact: Increased security, localized traffic disruptions; possible clashes

Authorities suspended all flights and maritime passenger services to and from Spain March 12 until further notice in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Morocco's state carrier, Royal Air Maroc (AT), announced March 8 that it had suspended all flights to the Italian cities of Milan and Venice. Flight operations will resume April 8. Royal Air Maroc suspended all direct flights to China in January.

Additional travel restrictions and business disruptions remain likely in the coming days, as COVID-19 could spread in Morocco.

Background and Analysis
The purpose of the travel restrictions is to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province. The WHO has declared the virus a pandemic.

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.