Morocco suspends flights from abroad for two weeks

The Alawi Kingdom shields itself from a new variant of the Omicron coronavirus
Royal Air Maroc

PHOTO/REUTERS  -   Boeing 737 of CN-ROP Royal Air Maroc

Morocco will suspend all flights from abroad from midnight tomorrow night for two weeks to protect itself from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The inter-ministerial committee in charge of coordinating international travel measures to prevent COVID-19 said the decision was taken to "preserve Morocco's achievements in the fight against the pandemic and to protect the health of its citizens".

The note added that a continuous assessment of the pandemic situation in the world will be carried out to review this measure if necessary. 

Aeropuerto Internacional de Casablanca
PHOTO/AP  -  Passengers and luggage are screened for travel at Mohamed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco.

In view of the rapid spread of the new variant of the coronavirus, Morocco had also decided to suspend all direct flights and the two maritime connections with France as of midnight tonight

Last Friday, the interministerial committee also decided to ban the entry of passengers from South Africa and other southern African countries (Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Esuatini, Mozambique and Zimbabwe) and passengers transiting through these countries.