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Morocco to end UK flight ban on 7 February

Written by: Emma Lunn
Holidays to Morocco will be back on in time for half term after the country announced it was ending its ban on direct flights from the UK.

The flight ban will be lifted from 7 February. The Moroccan government initially blocked flights from the UK on 29 November after a surge in Omicron cases. It then extended the ban until 31 January when it said it would review the situation.

However, a government statement published by the country’s official MAP news agency on Thursday said that the ban would end on 7 February.

The statement said: “This decision comes in accordance with the legal provisions relating to the management of the state of health emergency and following the recommendations of the scientific and technical commission and taking into consideration the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the Kingdom.

“To accompany the implementation of this decision, a technical committee is currently examining the measures to be adopted at border crossings and the conditions required for travellers, which will be announced later.”

The UK Foreign Office travel advice for Morocco says: “When flights resume you will need to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with the second dose administered at least two weeks prior to travel, and a negative PCR test result before boarding your flight or ferry to Morocco.

“The result must show that the PCR test itself was undertaken no more than 48 hours before boarding. For travel by ferry, you will also need to take a Covid-19 test during the journey. Children under the age of six-years-old are exempt from the PCR testing requirement for entry into Morocco. On arrival to Morocco, you will be asked to present a completed Public Health Passenger form.”

Tour operators and airlines including Tui and EasyJet were forced to cancel holidays and flights when the ban on UK flights first came into effect.

France imposed a similar ban on UK arrivals due to Omicron – it was lifted earlier this month.

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