(Updated on January 15, 2021)
New COVID Testing Requirements for Departures to the United States
Effective January 26, 2021, the United States will require all airline passengers over the age of two to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 calendar days of travel. In the case of a positive result, ocumentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel will be required. For more information and attestation, please refer to the CDC’s website.
Although this new testing requirement adds one more layer of complexity to traveling during the pandemic, Morocco’s turnaround time for COVID-19 tests are quick. Within three days prior to your departure date, we will arrange for your test and the results can be emailed to you prior to your departure. As a courtesy to our guests, we are currently covering the cost of the required test.
Morocco Vaccination News
Morocco expects to receive its first batch of vaccinations by next week (Week of January 18th). They expect to begin their aggressive vaccination plan within 4 days of vaccination delivery. Few other details are currently available, but Morocco plans to vaccinate 25 million people (the estimated amount needed to achieve “herd immunity”) within 12 weeks. What this space for more news!
Morocco Travel Requirement and Morocco Immersion’s COVID Policy
Following a suspension of international travel in March of 2020, Morocco has slowly begun to reopen its borders to visitors from abroad. After lockdown restrictions were lifted and intercity travel returned to the country, the first major step in re-opening occurred in July 2020 by allowing Moroccan citizens and their immediate families who live abroad to return and/or visit the country through a series of special flights operated by Royal Air Maroc. After this initial venture, Morocco re-opened its borders to visitors from visa waiver countries (which includes the United States) in October 2020. At this point in time, flights were still limited, but beginning in November 2020 regular flights began again with the following restrictions still in place:
- Visitors must be from a “visa waiver” country (this includes the United States).
- Visitors must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the flight departure (i.e., the sample must have been taken withing 72 hours of your departing flight).
- Visitors must have confirmed hotel bookings or a confirmed reservation through a Moroccan tour operator like Morocco Immersion Tours and Adventures.
Vaccinating for COVID-19 in Morocco will begin in January, but in the meantime Morocco Immersion Tours & Adventures have instituted the following procedures to keep our team and you safe and healthy:
- We have suspended our small group scheduled departure tours at least June of 2021; however, private/custom tours for groups or families traveling together are available.
- Whenever possible, your group will retain the same tour manager/driver and vehicle throughout your trip so as to limit exposure.
- Masks are compulsory in Morocco and must be worn at all times inside your tour vehicle. Your Morocco Immersion Tour Manager will ensure that clean masks are available every day for your group.
- Hand Sanitizer will also be available and you are encourage to use it when entering the vehicle, particularly after stops.
- Weather permitting, windows of vehicles will be kept open to allow for better ventilation during travel.
- Vehicles will be sanitized after use daily.
- Temperature checks may be done on a regular basis, particularly on the mornings of travel days.
In addition, the accommodation partners of Morocco Immersion Tours and Adventures have assured us that they, too, are taking extra precautions such as operating at less than maximum capacity and thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing rooms daily and particularly between guests. We continue to work with them to ensure that whenever possible rooms adjacent to our guests and that our guests’ rooms have been cleaned and sealed for 24 hours prior to occupancy – at least through the first quarter of 2021.
Since these conditions are likely to change, we encourage you to keep up to date to continue checking for updates on our website.