On April 8, the Ministry of Health implemented a measure temporary To reach the national territory By the sea. It consists in the possibility of submitting a vaccination permit where Negative PCR test less than 72 hours ago.
at this moment, This procedure applies only to marine entry pointsWaiting for “the adoption of a unified health protocol to reach the national territory.” So it has not yet been applied to airports, where travelers arriving in Morocco must present a vaccination card. And PCR test.
Tour operators are still waiting for compliance with the access protocol on national territory, but also by tourists and Moroccans residing abroad (MRE) who want to travel to Morocco without having to meet this double requirement.
Media 24 contacted experts and members of the scientific and technical committees (against Covid-19 and immunization) recommending the speedy easing of entry requirements to Morocco, by coordinating the procedures in place.
“We are likely to feel better in the next few days.”
Professor Saeed Mutawakil, a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee to Combat Covid-19, notes that “the resumption of maritime transport aims to provide a commercial boost. Therefore, there was an acceleration in the process to allow the exchange with more liquidity”, especially since “the health situation is much more reassuring”.
Professor Mutawakel thinks that Morocco will do “You are very likely to feel better in the coming days.”. He said he was in favor of extending the relief that had been put in place for sea travelers “to match the airlines.” Relax, he says, should be general and not just about countries ranked in the green. This is as long as there is no dangerous variable in trading.
Omicron ‘XE’ sub variant It gives food for thought to decision makers. However, most likely, and in the coming days, we will work to coordinate things,” says Professor Mutawakel.
Pass vaccination or PCR test: not both at the same time
Dr. Saeed Afif, a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee for Vaccination, who was reached by Media 24, considered it necessaryExpedite the harmonization of health conditions for all travelers, regardless of point of entry.
“From a purely scientific point of view, the difference between the sanitary protocol for entry by sea and that applied to airports makes no sense. We always prefer to respect the sanitary aspect. We put (in Morocco, editor’s note) like this Other countries classified in the green zonemakes it possible to adopt the same procedures, i.e. to submit a negative PCR test to people who do not have a vaccination permit, and to present a vaccination card to those who have, but Not both at the same time.”continued.
“You have to think in the short term, especially on the occasion of Eid that will encourage Moroccans living abroad to return to Morocco. Some large families, despite being vaccinated, will have to pay large sums for PCR tests. You have to think about facilitating their travel. If there is something new on the health front, the authorities will adapt,” Dr. Afif adds.
The same story is with Professor Jaafar Heikal, an epidemiologist, infectious disease specialist and health economist. “If the health situation changes in the coming months, public policies will adapt.” But for the time being, he reassures, “Moroccan epidemiological data (frequency, severity, hospitalization, resuscitation, etc.) are green.”
“These indicators were no better than they were in March 2020. Rather, they are excellent. In addition, 80% of the population received the initial vaccination, 17% received the third dose, and 1.2 million people were infected. We have comfortable herd immunity to the Fair enough and protective enough.”
The latter concludes: “We must always be vigilant and vigilant in ensuring epidemiological surveillance. But this does not require excessively restrictive measures; proportionality must be ensured. Many people risk not coming to Morocco due to the high prices of PCR tests in Europe, for example Example, or restrictions on doing so 48 hours before departure. Thus these people are at risk of changing the destination of their holidays. However, due to the current state of health, it is not necessary to request both a negative PCR test and a vaccination permit to come to Morocco and relax. In this direction is justified at the health level, but also at the economic and psychological levels, the latter concerns citizens above all.”
Entry to Morocco: pass the vaccination or the PCR test? Mitigation required