COVID-19: Strengthening controls at Morocco’s borders to prevent a resumption of the epidemic in Europe

In the face of an increase in cases of the Covid-19 virus in Europe, Morocco, a major tourist country in the Maghreb, decided on Saturday to strengthen border controls, according to an official statement. Due to “the increase in pollution cases in the European neighborhood of Morocco, the Moroccan authorities have decided to strengthen the monitoring system for access to the national territory”, according to a press release issued by the Ministerial Committee for Monitoring Covid.

Thus, in addition to providing the mandatory health permit and negative PCR tests, upon arrival in Morocco, a double check will be carried out by thermal cameras and thermometers, as well as antigen tests, for the details of the press release. These measures concern all people coming from the so-called “List B” countries, namely France, most of the European Union and the United Kingdom, according to the latest update from the Foreign Office.

The positive passengers have returned home

Any passenger who is found infected on arrival will be immediately returned to his country of origin, at the expense of the air or sea carrier, except for permanent residents of Morocco, as determined. About 2.74 million Moroccans reside in Europe, including more than a million in France and 500 thousand in Spain, not counting people of Moroccan origin.

Last month, the Moroccan authorities suspended flights to and from Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Russia due to the evolving health situation in those four countries. The curve of pollution and deaths has been steadily declining in this North African country since the beginning of autumn.

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The curfew was lifted last week

On Tuesday, the government announced the lifting of the national curfew in force since the first months of the epidemic in 2020 after the “epidemiological situation improved” in the Kingdom. On the other hand, the Covid vaccination permit, which was launched on October 21, is still mandatory for travel abroad and access to all enclosed spaces. While the vast majority of the population is participating in the vaccination campaign, the compulsory nature of the swipe is sparking protests in the streets and on social networks.

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