Easing of the double obligation of the vaccination pass and the PCR before Operation Marhaba 2022 (government source)

The relief from the double obligation to have a valid vaccination pass and a negative PCR test to take a plane to Morocco “will come into force before the start of operation Marhaba 2022”, said this Saturday at Le360 a government Source.

As previously announced by The360, the government is preparing to remove the double obligation to have a vaccination pass and a PCR test to travel to Morocco via air links. From now on, passengers will have to show either a valid vaccination pass or a negative PCR test of less than 48 hours, this duration being calculated between the sample taken at the laboratory and the check-in at the counter of an airline.

This decision will come into force “before the start of Operation Marhaba 2022”, learned this Saturday The360 from a government Source. One of the objectives of this measure, eagerly awaited by both citizens and professionals, is to facilitate stays in the country for millions of Moroccans living abroad and to ease the conditions of access to the kingdom for tourists. strangers.

“The agreement for the abolition of the obligation of the negative PCR for vaccinated people coming to Morocco, via national airports, is already recorded”, underlines our Source, adding that the announcement of the lifting of this measure could even intervene “from the next fifteen days”. And in any case, says our Source, it will come into force before the launch of Operation Marhaba.

Operation Marhaba is unique in that it is characterized by the heaviest air and sea traffic between Europe and the African continent during the summer period. An important Moroccan-Spanish meeting was also held on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the Ministry of the Interior in Rabat to prepare “Marhaba 2022”.

2019 was the last year of Operation Marhaba before the Covid-19 pandemic halted the arrival of MREs via Spain for two years, namely 2020 and 2021. In 2019, Operation Marhaba started the June 5 and continued until September 15 of the same year. It saw the transit, via the Mediterranean, of some 3 million passengers and 760,215 vehicles from Spanish ports and as many in the opposite direction.

No date has yet been officially announced for the launch of Marhaba 2022, but everything suggests that it could take place on the same dates as in 2019, that is to say in the first week of June. .

It should be recalled that on April 8, 2022, the Moroccan Ministry of Transport and Logistics relaxed the double obligation of the vaccination pass and the PCR test for maritime links. Tourists and residents in Morocco (Moroccans or foreigners) must hold a valid vaccination passport according to the national vaccination protocol or present a negative result of a PCR test less than 72 hours old. This relaxation of maritime travel made its expansion to air links inevitable.

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