Morocco to lift international travel ban from 7 February
Morocco will lastly convey an finish to its worldwide journey ban on 7 February.
The north African nation, often a well-liked vacationer vacation spot, launched a flight ban on 29 November in response to the Omicron variant of coronavirus that was sweeping the globe.
Nonetheless, whereas different nations had been swift to each impose restrictions and raise them once more as soon as it turned clear that Omicron had turn into endemic, Morocco has saved its borders closed for 2 months.
The transfer to reopen the nation to travellers adopted “the evolution of the epidemiological scenario within the kingdom”, in keeping with a authorities assertion printed by the nation’s MAP information company.
The precise entry necessities for guests are to be launched “at a later date”.
Omicron already accounted for 70 per cent of all Covid-19 circumstances in Morocco by 7 January, in keeping with the nation’s well being minister. It’s unclear why the choice to raise the flight ban has taken an extra month.
Maintaining out all guests at a key time of 12 months for the tourism sector, which accounted for 19 per cent of Morocco’s GDP in 2019, has introduced the nation’s journey business to its knees.
One business insider stated in December that the tourism sector confronted losses of at the very least €88m (£73m) between Christmas and New Yr, reported Medias24.
“We had been very optimistic with the arrival of the New Yr, however these selections took us abruptly,” stated Khalid Moubarak, secretary common of the Nationwide Federation of Journey Companies of Morocco.
“We had been on the sting of chapter.”
Journey firms have expressed aid that the nation will lastly reopen subsequent month.
Zina Bencheikh, managing director EMEA for Intrepid Journey, stated: ”The final two months have been extremely troublesome for the many individuals who depend on tourism for his or her earnings in Morocco.
“Home tourism cannot make up for the autumn in abroad customer numbers and lots of companies have struggled to remain afloat.
“The reopening of the border is unbelievable information for native folks and travellers who’ve been hoping to go to.
“Morocco is one in every of Intrepid’s prime promoting locations and with good cause – after at present’s excellent news I’m positive the nation will likely be again on travellers’ want lists for 2022.”