Morocco lifts ban on international flights and reopens to tourists. Here are 8 places you should visit
Known as one of the best destinations in North Africa, Morocco raised his to forbid on international flights and reopened to tourists on February 7, 2022.
According to the Moroccan government, the easing measure was due to the evolution of the epidemiological situation, the government announced that Morocco would be “fully open” to tourists.
From now on, all passengers traveling to Morocco must present a vaccination card and a negative PCR test result in less than 48 hours before boarding the plane. However, before boarding, passengers must also present a health card. Upon arrival, visitors will be scanned by a rapid test system and random PCR tests will also be carried out for several groups of travelers, with the results to be communicated later.
There are no entry requirements for children under 6 years old. For those between 6 and 18, the only requirement is a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old, in addition to a rapid antigen test on arrival.
Although Morocco has lifted its ban on international flights and relaxed its measures to enter the country, visitors should be aware that they will still be required to wear face masks and temperature checks in cafes, restaurants, cultural sites, in public transport and in taxis.
With all the information in mind, you are now with your passport in hand and ready to purchase a ticket to visit this beautiful, exotic country. Here are some places you should explore when you are there alone or with family friends.
Marrakech enchants any visitor. Meeting Marrakech and soaking up its magical atmosphere will always be an unforgettable travel experience. A trip to Morocco isn’t complete without a visit to Jemaa el-Fnaa, Morocco’s liveliest, if chaotic, site. Stroll through the Medina of Marrakech, dotted with dozens of colorful souks (traditional markets)
is also a must. Do not forget to visit the Kutubiya Mosque, the Majorelle Garden, the Medersa Ali Ben Youssef and the El Badi Palace.
Fez is rich in culture, history and traditions. Walking through its streets and alleys, calmly observing the daily life of those who live and work there, is undoubtedly the best thing about Fez.
Do not miss to visit the Tannerie Chouara, the oldest tannery in the world, where it still functions as in medieval times, the Al Quaraouiyine Mosque (which was once a university), the Dar Batha, the Dar el Makhzen (Royal Palace in Fez), Medersa Bou Inania and the old Jewish quarter Mellah.
Meknes is one of Morocco’s imperial cities, having served as the country’s capital in the 17th century. It is located just 40 miles from Fez and its historical heritage amply justifies a visit. The Heri es-Souani, the Borj Belkari, the Medersa Bou Inania, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail and the beautiful doors of the Medina of Meknes (one of them, the Bab Mansour, is considered the most beautiful door in Morocco ). Also, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city and watch the sunset from bustling Hedim Square.
Did you know that there are Roman ruins in Morocco? They are located in Volubilis, between the imperial cities of Fez and Meknes. Established before the Christian era, when the region was part of Mauritania, Volubilis was considered the administrative center of the Kingdom of Mauritania and also one of the most remote cities of the Roman Empire. The vast expanse of ruins includes a forum, hammams, residential quarters and a triumphal arch.
Also known as Morocco’s Blue City, Chefchaouen is one of the country’s icons. Wandering around and getting lost in this labyrinthine city, painted in blue and white, is simply magical. The best orientation point is the Uta el Hammam square. It is also a great place to relax after a shopping spree in the souks and to observe how the locals live in the city.
6. Erg Chebbi
Going to Morocco and not visiting the Sahara Desert is like going to Rome and not visiting the Colosseum. And there is no better place to enjoy the Moroccan Sahara desert than the eternal dunes of Erg Chebbi. The sands offer a vibrant palette of colors from sunrise to sunset. The frame is illuminated with intense light providing an unforgettable experience.
Riding a camel in the desert and spending a night on the Erg Chebbi dunes, under a blanket of twinkling stars, is one of the most fantastic experiences tourists can have while traveling.
7. Ouzoud War Falls
Located more than 150 km northeast of Marrakech, in the mountainous region between the Middle Atlas and the High Atlas, are the Ouzoud waterfalls, the highest and most impressive waterfalls in Morocco. It is possible to take a short boat trip as close as possible to the waterfalls, or simply to walk along the immense paths that criss-cross the valley.
The fishing town of Essaouira, the former Mogador, is one of the Moroccan towns with historical ties to Portugal. It was the Portuguese, under the command of Diogo de Azambuja, who built their imposing fort.
Walking around the city ramparts, strolling through its colorful mosque and going to the fishing port, eating freshly caught seafood or a delicious fish tagine, are the reasons that justify a visit to Essaouira.
The UNESCO-listed city was also used as a filming location for the TV series Game of Thrones.