As with many countries, Morocco has implemented strict entry regulations to combat the spread of COVID-19. That said, the country is still welcoming international visitors — albeit under certain conditions. 

What are the current rules and regulations for travelling to Morocco?

A friendly warning: the coronavirus situation is still ever-changing. Please check with The Foreign Office for the most up-to-date guidance before booking your trip.

At present, British nationals residing in Morocco, and their families, are permitted to enter the country. This will come as a relief to individuals with businesses, properties, or relatives to attend to. It’s crucial to remember, though, that authorities continue to advise against non-essential international travel.

Anyone trying to enter Morocco from the UK must present a negative PCR test certificate to prove that they meet the official requirements. But what is a PCR test, what does it involve, and how close to departure should you take yours?

What is a PCR test (and what are the specifics for travelling to Morocco)?

If you have yet to be tested for COVID-19, you may find the prospect daunting. Fortunately, it’s a very straightforward process offering fast results. 

PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing involves taking a swab sample of the throat and nose. It’s the most accurate way to detect COVID, and shows whether you have it currently.

How close to departure do I need to take a PCR test?

You should take your PCR test within 72 hours before boarding your flight to Morocco. 

Bear in mind, though, that this window begins when your sample is taken — not from the point at which you receive your results. It’s also worth noting that the NHS PCR test is not valid for international travel. If you try to enter Morocco with a NHS test result, you will not be granted entry.

Book a private PCR test to get the documentation you need to fly internationally.

What rules will I need to follow when I arrive in Morocco?

You should observe the following rules discussed when you arrive in Morocco, to protect yourself and others:

  • Masks must be worn in any public space {public transportation, shops, etc.)
  • Movement into and out of the following locations is prohibited until further notice: Tangier; Tetouan; Fes; Meknes; Berrechid; Settat; Casablanca; and Marrakech. 
  • You are only permitted to enter any of the eight areas listed above if you have an urgent medical need, you’re required to travel for work and you have a letter from your employer, and local authorities have provided you with an exceptional certificate of movement. 
  • Restrictions affecting public transport may disrupt travel from the airport upon entry, and when trying to reach certain areas.
  • Local authorities may bring new restrictions in at any time, and they could involve: closing parks, beaches, or other public spaces; adjusting operating hours for cafes, restaurants, shops, etc.; and travel between areas. 
  • Potential punishments for failing to observe these rules are a three-month prison sentence or a fine of as much as MAD 1300. 

How to travel to Morocco during the coronavirus pandemic

If you have viable reasons to travel to Morocco, and believe yourself eligible under the current rules, book your private PCR test for within 72 hours of your flight. 

Remember, the UK government stipulates that NHS PCR tests should not be used as proof that you’re fit to travel, and recommends private tests instead.

Corona Test Centre’s private PCR tests are 99.9% accurate, and your results are guaranteed within one or two days. Tests are administered by healthcare professionals at our clinics in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Watford. 

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