Morocco reopens to international visitors
by Steve Hartridge
International flights to Morocco will resume on June 15 with the country welcoming UK visitors who have a vaccination certificate and/or a negative PCR test at least 48 hours before they arrive in the country.
Jamal Kilito, Director for UK & Ireland at the Moroccan National Tourism Office (MNTO), said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, we are looking forward to welcoming travellers to the Kingdom of Morocco where they can enjoy a truly exceptional tourism experience with peace of mind.
"With secure health and safety measures in place, we are confident that we can rebuild our tourism industry and provide travellers with the warm Moroccan welcome they have always enjoyed and we encourage as many visitors as possible to rediscover this magnificent destination this summer.”
Morocco is currently listed as an 'amber' country under the UK Government's traffic lights grading system. For visitors that means one pre-departure test, plus quarantine at home for 10 days upon return in England, Wales or Scotland (for details on the current rules in Northern Ireland see the Government website). In addition, PCR tests are required on days two and eight of quarantine (reduced to day five by paying for the cost of an extra test on that day).
Morocco has relatively low Covid rates and a vaccination programme in place that has seen over nine million have at least one jab out of a target population of 25 million.
Beside the popular destinations of Marrakech, Agadir and Fes, the country offers visitors accessible desert experiences, scenic landscapes, hiking in the Atlas Mountains, numerous beaches and watersports.
Meanwhile, Le Farnatchi, a 10-bedroom boutique hotel located in the heart of the Marrakech Medina, is set to reopen this September.
Made up of six separate merchant houses, the property has expanded to include a spa with traditional Hammam treatments and an additional restaurant, Le Trou Au Mur.
Just five minutes from the oldest part of the Marrakech Medina, some parts of the building date back 450 years. The property features a rooftop dining area and garden with views overlooking Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.