Morocco establishes a new list (C) of prohibited countries and updates the conditions of access to national territory

By Hajar Kharroubi on 11/27/2021 at 5:49 pm Thermal camera check on arrival at Mohammed V international airport in Casablanca. © Copyright: Adil Gadrouz / Le360 In a context of a deteriorating epidemiological situation at the global level and the appearance of the new worrying variant, Omicron, the interministerial committee responsible for coordinating the implementation of the health system relating to international travel has updated its rules and implemented a new category of countries, list C. The Ministry of Health has just announced new conditions for access to national territory, by creating a new list C, that of countries whose passengers are prohibited ( directly or even while passing through another country) of access to the national territory. For the moment, these are the 7 countries of Southern Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Travelers over 12 from List A countries must present a certificate stating that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. As for those from list B countries, they are required to present a certificate attesting to a complete vaccination schedule, but also a negative PCR test dating back less than 48 hours (time between sampling and baording). Covid-19: the Omicron variant, a “high to very high” risk for Europe As for common measures, travelers from the two lists (A and B) must complete a passenger health form, to be downloaded online before boarding (also distributed on board the aircraft or ship). According to the new system, all children aged 6 to 11 years old must have a negative PCR test, regardless of the country of origin. Children under 6 are exempt from any access condition. Covid-19: ban on access to Morocco for passengers coming from several southern African countries If the rapid antigenic test is positive on arrival, Moroccans and foreigners residing in Morocco will be taken care of by a health structure, with 10-day confinement, according to the protocol in force. Any other passenger who tests positive on arrival will not be allowed to enter the national territory. The Ministry of Health also provides on arrival on the territory a systematic double temperature control and a random control by rapid antigenic test. Travelers are also required to respect the precautionary measures in force in Morocco, namely wearing a mask, respecting physical distancing and hand hygiene. By Hajar Kharroubi