When will the borders in Morocco reopen? While on the Royal Air Maroc website one can discover a resumption of flights from Paris on June 16, 2020, many wonder when the country will be accessible again to tourists.
Will it be possible to travel to Morocco this summer? It must be said that the coronavirus epidemic should impact the tourist season of this Maghreb country. Confined since the end of March, the Kingdom of Morocco has shown itself to be particularly prudent in the face of the virus and the management of the crisis has been hailed by the foreign press. The country has announced the start of gradual deconfinement as of this Thursday 11 June, starting with the least populated areas. But the restrictions are maintained in the big cities.
For those who wish to leave for Morocco soon and who wonder about the reopening of the borders, one fact will not have escaped them: on the site of Royal Air Maroc, the national airline company, flights are already proposed from 16 June 2020 from the Parisian airports of Orly and Roissy Charles de Gaulle. However, this does not mean that it will be possible to go there for holidays: the official date for the reopening of the Moroccan borders has not yet been announced, while in Europe, it is hoped to reopen the Schengen area by July.
For the moment, the Kingdom of Morocco extends the State of Emergency until July 10, 2020 and economic activity should gradually resume from June 11, 2020 especially for some souks, and crafts and industries. The deconfinement strategy divides the territory between two zones according to the evolution of the epidemic observed there. The relief zone No. 1 corresponds to the part most spared by the virus and includes the cities of Essaouira, Meknes, Chefchaouen or Tetouane.
In this part of the territory, certificates will no longer be required for travel, hair and beauty salons are reopening, as are gardens and public transport. The second zone where the virus is more present will have stricter rules. In this part, which includes major cities such as Rabat, Casablanca, Tangier, Fez and Marrakech, certificates are still required, shops are required to close from 20h and public transport will resume.
No announcement has been made on the reopening of borders, closed since mid-March, while tourism professionals are asking for more visibility and more than 30,000 Moroccan travellers, stranded in the four corners of the world, are waiting to return home. Repatriation has timidly begun for the 1,100 or so travellers who were quarantined on arrival.
Tourism, a key sector of the country’s economy, is on hold, but for the time being, travel between cities is reserved for work with an employer’s mission order.