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If you’re looking for the current COVID-19 Morocco travel situation, scroll down now… (Updated 15/10/21)

At the Bucket List Company, we live and breathe Morocco – it’s one of our favourite places in the world, and we run a lot of trips there.

Which makes it a real shame that for most of 2020, and a fair chunk of 2021, we weren’t able to get out there.

The good news is that – at time of writing – things have changed.

Here’s what you need to know about travelling to Morocco from a COVID-19 perspective:

Sunset in Marrakech

Travelling to Morocco During COVID-19

In order to board a flight (or ferry) to Morocco, you’ll need one of two things:

  • Proof you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and had the second dose at least two weeks before you travel (you can use an NHS COVID Pass to do this).
  • A negative PCR test result, with the test taken 48 hours or less before boarding.

(Children under 11 don’t have to take a test, and most haven’t had a vaccination, so there’s no requirement for that)

Once you’ve got into the country, you’ll need to present a filled-in Public Health Passenger form – download and print your Public Health Passenger Form here.

Returning to the UK from Morocco

At the time of writing, all travellers (apart from children under 5) have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after you arrive back.

You can find a PCR travel test provider here.

However, the Government has announced that at the end of October, fully vaccinated people coming into England will no longer have to take that test, and instead, you’ll take a lateral flow test.

However, just to be clear, it can’t be an NHS one – you’ll still need to use a travel test provider, and at present, this isn’t the case in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.

If you’re over the age of 18 and you’re not fully vaccinated, this change won’t apply to you – you’re still required to:

  • Self-isolate for 10 days when returning.
  • Take a PCR or lateral flow test within 72 hours before you return to the UK.
  • Take a test on or before day two of your return, and on or after day eight

If you’re not fully vaccinated and you’re looking to avoid a full 10 days of self-isolation, you may be able to use the Test to Release Scheme in England.

View from the Toubkal Trek. Morocco

What is the COVID-19 situation in Morocco?

Morocco continues to be in a ‘state of health emergency’, and at the time of writing, there are various restrictions, although none of them are too arduous:

  • 11pm to 5am curfew
  • Public and private gatherings limited to 50 people maximum
  • Restaurants, coffee shops and supermarkets must close at 11pm
  • Hammams, public swimming pools and sports facilities operate at 50% capacity
  • Face masks are required in public spaces

Travelling around is allowed, and at times you’ll need to present a vaccine pass or authorisation to travel, also called an “exceptional certificate of movement”.

If you do need an exceptional certificate of movement, they can be provided by your local Wilayah (State).

It’s really important you abide by the rules, as the sanctions for failing to do so are severe – a possible prison sentence of up to three months, or a fine of up to MAD 1300.

What if I get COVID-19 in Morocco?

If you get COVID-19 symptoms in Morocco, you need to call the Moroccan hotline – either 0801004747, 141 or 300, and if you need help with translation, call +212 (0) 537 63 33.

When it comes to testing, the Moroccan approach is that if you show any symptoms or you’ve been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case, you’ll need to take a test.

You can find a list of English-speaking healthcare providers on the UK Government website

Coastal town Morocco.

Booking a trip to Morocco

If you’re looking for a trip to Morocco, we’d love to help you make it a reality.

We’ve run scores of Bucket List adventures over the years, and each year we take hundreds of adventurers on our trips. 

Group travel can be a fantastic way of getting back into exploring the world after almost two years of being grounded. If you need support on your trip (be that COVID-related or getting you back in the swing of travelling), our travel guides can offer expert assistance, which can help to put your mind at ease and allow you to just enjoy the exciting times in Morocco! 

Every single Bucket List trip can be paid for in monthly instalments, so you can make Morocco a reality for just £25 a month.

Take a look at our Bucket List trips and start planning your next adventure

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