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Morocco / Covid19: No more PCR test needed to enter the country

Morocco / Covid19: No more PCR test needed to enter the country

a month ago | by: David Kodjani

In Morocco, the PCR test to enter into the country is no longer compulsory since last Wednesday May 18th.

The government canceled the test in order to boost tourism, a sector devastated by the pandemic. 

The vaccine pass is still compulsory, however.

The country's tourism sector is obviously vital to the national economy. The information comes from a government communiqué published on Tuesday May 17th.

"The Moroccan government has decided to cancel the PCR test requirement for entry into Morocco," the Prime Minister's office said. This decision, effective immediately, "was taken (...) taking into consideration the improvement of the epidemiological situation in our country," According to the statement .

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It should be noted that the government of Aziz Akkanouch was under pressure from professionals in the tourism industry to save the season and revive a sector devastated by two years of pandemic.

The reopening of Morocco's airspace on 7 February was accompanied by restrictions: 

  • A current vaccination pass and a negative PCR test less than 48 hours before departure. On arrival at airports, travelers were also subjected to an antigen test and PCR tests were carried out randomly on passengers. These measures were considered "too restrictive" by tour operators and hoteliers.

Translated by Koboyo KANABIA