Mohammed VI takes measures to help Moroccan expats visit home

Morocco has decided to reopen its airports and ports to international passenger traffic, as of June 15. There are about five million Moroccans living abroad the overwhelming majority of whom reside in European countries, especially France.
Sunday 13/06/2021
A file photo of King Mohammed VI of Morocco. (AFP)
A file photo of King Mohammed VI of Morocco. (AFP)

RABAT -  As Morocco is set to lift international travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, King Mohammed VI has issued instructions Sunday “in order to allow Moroccan families abroad to return home and reconnect with their families and loved ones, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Moroccan news agency MAP.

Instructions were given in this context to Morocco’s air and sea companies, especially Air Maroc, “to ensure reasonable prices that are within everyone’s reach, as well as to ensure a sufficient number of rotations,” added MAP.

The king also urged tourism operators, including hotels, “to take the necessary measures to welcome the members of the Moroccan community living abroad in the best conditions and at the best prices”.

There are about five million Moroccans living abroad the overwhelming majority of whom reside in European countries, especially France.

Like most of the North African diaspora in Europe, many Moroccans prefer to spend their summer vacation at home.

Morocco has decided to reopen its airports and ports to international passenger traffic, as of June 15, both for its own citizens and foreign nationals.

All travellers will be admitted into the country if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or had a negative PCR test, the ministry said in a statement

Morocco last month eased a set of restrictive measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, allowing cinemas and theatres to re-open as it continues its vaccination campaign.

The North African country has so far outperformed others on the continent by administering five million doses of the AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines, as it pursues plans to inoculate all people aged over 17.