May 22, 2022

Morocco reopens its airspace after more than two months of closure

The authorities were under pressure from a tourist sector hit hard by the closing of the borders.

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Morocco’s border restrictions are loosening. The Moroccan government has decided to reopen its airspace from February 7 to flights to and from the country, after more than two months of closure, according to a press release released Thursday, January 27. Authorities were under pressure from a bankrupt tourism sector and Moroccans stranded abroad, as borders have been closed since November 29 due to an outbreak of the Omicron variant.

Despite the announcement of a two billion dirham (190 million euro) tourism support plan, tourist operators demonstrated on Wednesday to demand the reopening of borders. Because this measure to fight the Covid-19 epidemic has hit the tourism, hotel and catering industry hard, a vital sector for the economy of the kingdom.

“This decision comes (…) following the recommendations of the scientific and technical commission and taking into account the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the kingdom”, the statement said. The government also extended Thursday the state of health emergency in force since 2020, throughout the territory, until February 28.