Morocco suspends Covid-19 testing requirements for visitors
Authorities also extended the validity duration of PCR tests from 48 hours prior to the flight to 72 hours.
Children under the age of 11 are exempt from COVID-19 test requirements.
Royal Air Maroc announced the new measures on Thursday, October 2.
Previously, all travelers entering Morocco needed to provide negative results of a serological test, as well as a PCR test with results less than 48 hours old.
The decision is the latest in a series of measures aimed at facilitating travel to Morocco while maintaining necessary safety conditions.
The new measure is expected to give more tourists the opportunity to travel to Morocco, especially as access to COVID-19 tests is very limited or expensive in several foreign countries.
Morocco reopened its borders for tourists in early September. The decision, however, came with a lengthy list of requirements.
Tourists who want to enter Morocco must be nationals of visa-exempt countries and have confirmed hotel reservations.
Foreign business people with a formal invitation from a Moroccan company are also allowed to travel to Morocco.
Prior to allowing tourism and business visits, Morocco only opened its borders to Moroccans living abroad and their family members.
The strict COVID-19 testing requirements, however, prevented many Moroccans from traveling to their home country.
It remains to be seen whether the eased measure will significantly increase the number of people entering Morocco.
Meanwhile, Morocco’s Ministry of Health has recorded 2,521 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. This brings the country’s total number of confirmed infections to 128,565.
The country also reported another 1,908 COVID-19 recoveries in the past 24 hours.
Morocco’s total number of recovered COVID-19 carriers is now 106,044. The national recovery rate is 82.5%.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health counted 34 more COVID-19-related fatalities, bringing the death toll to 2,263. The mortality rate remains steady at 1.8%.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in Morocco stands at 20,258 as of 6 p.m. on Friday, October 2.
Morocco counts 451 patients with severe symptoms. Approximately 51 are under artificial respiration.
Health authorities in Morocco excluded 20,077 suspected COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.