On Tuesday, September 8, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) published a letter in which it stated that all international flights will be postponed, following the state of health emergency set by Moroccan authorities.
This decision is part of the preventive measures taken by Morocco to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. However, the company said they will continue to operate special flights and that they will be scheduled during the same period. The main concern in this letter is the use of the term “regular international flights” which are supposed to be suspended for several months.
The decision of the RAM came the day before the government announced the extension of the state of health emergency until October 10, and two days after the announcement of the partial opening of Moroccan borders to foreign nationals from 17 countries exempt from visa formalities.
In accordance with the contents of a letter made public by the CGEM and a press release issued by the RAM on Sunday, these nationals were again allowed to join the Kingdom under the special flight program, given that they had a confirmed hotel reservation and a negative PCR test. This had been understood as a signal of a partial opening of Moroccan borders to foreign tourists and thus, the resumption of regular flights.
As a reaction to this latest letter from the RAM, the tourist operator and current president of the Regional Tourism Center (CRT) of the Casablanca-Settat region, Othman Cherif Alami expressed his surprised reaction on Wednesday on Twitter, saying: “So we are finally re-confined within the entire country, so to speak? “.
It should be noted that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, had specified that only exceptional flights operated by Morocco since July 15, to allow Moroccans and foreigners resident in Morocco to enter or leave the national territory, will now be accessible to this new category of visitors.
Moreover, the RAM, which operates these flights, has served 17 destinations, including France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Mauritania.