Morocco's Royal Air Maroc suspends all flights to Venice and Milan, Italy from March 8 to stem spread of COVID-19 until at least April 8.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 09 Mar 2020 21:52 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: March 8-April 12
  • Impact: Increased security, localized traffic disruptions; possible clashes

Summary
Morocco's state carrier - Royal Air Maroc (RAM) - announced March 8 that it had suspended all flights to the Italian cities of Milan and Venice in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Flight operations will resume April 8. RAM 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 global health emergency.

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.

 

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