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Omicron: tourist flights to Morocco suspended

En response to the disturbing arrival of the new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, the whole world is taking action. On Sunday, November 28, the Moroccan authorities announced the suspension of direct passenger flights to Morocco. The requirement will remain in effect for two weeks, starting Monday at 11:59 p.m. (22:59 GMT). “This decision comes due to the rapid spread of the new variant of the Covid-19 virus, Omicron, particularly in Europe and Africa, and in order to preserve the gains made by Morocco in the fight against the pandemic and protect the health of citizens, ”said the Interministerial Pandemic Monitoring Committee in a press release.

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Questions remain about return flights

An assessment of the situation “will be undertaken regularly in order to adjust, if necessary, the necessary measures,” the statement added. The terms of return flights to foreign countries for people currently in Morocco have not been specified. This drastic measure was taken when Morocco, a country where tourism is a key economic sector, has already prohibited access to its territory to nationals of southern African countries after the detection of the Omicron variant, identified for the first time. in South Africa and potentially very contagious.

The Cherifian kingdom had previously decided to suspend regular flights to and from France, as well as sea links, due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic in Europe, from Sunday evening. France is by far Morocco’s leading economic partner. Cultural and human ties are also close: more than 1.3 million Moroccans live in France and nearly 80,000 French people live in Morocco. In Morocco, the epidemiological situation improved and allowed the lifting at the beginning of November of a national night curfew in force for months.

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