Resumption of Train Traffic to and from Tangier and the Return of Airport Journeys

According to the National Railways Office (ONCF), trains operating on the Tangier-Casablanca via “Al Boraq” and Tangier-Fez via “Al Atlas” have resumed their circulation on Wednesday July 15, 2020, as reported by the national media. This was done in application of the decision decreed by the public authorities a few days ago regarding the restrictions imposed on the circulation of trains coming from and going to Tangier. The ONCF invites customers to find out about train schedules through its electronic portal, or by calling the Customer Relations Centre.

The authorities suspended the circulation of trains coming to and going to Tangier on Monday 12, 2020. This decision was taken following the confinement imposed on the city due to the increase in the number of people infected by the Coronavirus the previous week, before reversing their decision without clear explanations.

Reconfining the city and suspending the circulation of public transport, road or rail, to and from Tangier, would have disrupted the international travel process for emigrants, people stuck elsewhere and those wishing to return to Morocco.

The Office also announced, in another press release, the gradual return of travel between Casa Port and Mohammed V Airport, starting Wednesday, as part of the exceptional operation that allows Moroccan citizens and foreigners residing in Morocco to access the national territory.

The daily schedule consists of 18 trains, in addition to the reopening of the Mohammed V Airport station, which will be customized to the demand and flight schedules of airlines, the media reported in the press release.

Special and preventive measures will be taken during this return, in order to strengthen health security and ensure the necessary conditions of prevention for a safe transportation in the best conditions possible. Moreover, the ONCF will control the number of passengers, with the obligation to book in advance, according to the press release.

As of Wednesday July 15, 2020, Morocco has started to welcome Moroccans residing abroad, as well as those stuck in other countries and foreigners residing in Morocco, after the opening of borders between Morocco and some countries.

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