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What Is The Morocco Travel News? Uk Restrictions Explained

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The Moroccan government welcomes international tourists once again. We have the most recent information about Morocco’s travel news.

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Is It Possible To Travel To Morocco From The Uk?

Yes, the international travel ban was lifted Monday 7th, February 2022. People can now travel to Morocco.

What Are The Entry Requirements To Morocco?

On Monday, February 7, flights resumed to Morocco. Passengers must present a valid vaccination pass, or if they are not fully vaccinated within 48 hours of their departure, proof that they have had a negative PCR test. Pre-travel PCR testing is not required for children younger than six years old. Children aged under 18 years are exempted from the requirement to have a vaccine pass.

A negative PCR result will not be accepted for proof of recovery from Covid.

Before arriving in Morocco, all passengers must download, print, and sign the passenger form. For selected passengers, random rapid antigen testing will be performed upon arrival. For randomly selected passengers, additional PCR tests may be necessary after 48 hours. Positive cases will be isolated at the passenger’s residence, and specific measures will be taken. For more serious cases, patients will be admitted to the hospital. All passengers over 18 years old must have a valid vaccination pass to leave Morocco.

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Is Morocco On The Uk Red List?

No. No. All travellers, unvaccinated or vaccinated, are no longer required to submit to any passenger locator forms or take tests to return to the UK.

Entry Requirements For Regular Entry

Visas

British citizens don’t require a visa to visit Morocco for tourism purposes for longer than 3 months.

Your passport must be stamped before you enter the country. Tourists who have not received an entry stamp on their passports have had difficulty leaving the country.

Passport validity

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. The Moroccan ConsulateGeneral in London recommends that your passport be valid for at most 3 months from the date you enter Morocco. This requirement may cause problems, so you should consult the Moroccan authorities as well as your travel agent before you travel.

Make sure your passport is not damaged before you travel. Travellers who have damaged passports may be refused entry.

Moroccan citizens living in the UK who travel to Morocco may not be permitted to return to the UK without presenting evidence of their UK immigration status. These documents can include a valid UK entry clearance or their UK biometric residence card.

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Morocco’s Top Places To Visit

Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart may have made Casablanca famous, but Morocco has so much more to offer than the largest city. The former French colony offers travellers the chance to live in an ancient Arabic or Berber culture while sunbathing on the beaches and snow-skiing in the High Atlas.

You can get lost in the local culture of Marrakesh. Or, you can rock the kasbahs to follow in the footsteps of Fez’s ancient traders. Casablanca, on the other hand, offers a modern outlook with a rich heritage. There are many opportunities to escape the city, with the stunning Saharan desert tempting visitors and the Atlantic beach destinations providing the ideal spot for kitesurfing lovers.

The past is always present in this vibrant country, whether you’re dining at a local souq restaurant or taking a break in the sun at a white-washed beach town. Here are some of the top places to visit in Morocco.

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Marrakech

Marrakech was once one of the country’s most important imperial cities. Because of its red buildings made of sandstone, it is often called the Red City. Marrakech was established in the 11th century under the Almoravides Berber dynasty. They made the city a centre for commerce, religion and philosophy. Red sandstone walls, elaborate palaces, and Koranic schools were constructed under Almoravide rule. Much of this can be still seen today.

Marrakech was a popular “hippie mecca” in the 1960s. It attracted famous celebrities like The Beatles, Yves Saint Laurent, and the Rolling Stones. Marrakech is a beautiful example of old architecture with courtyards of orange palm, olive, and apricot trees. It’s still one of Africa’s most visited tourist destinations.

The Medina is at the heart of Marrakesh. It’s a maze of narrow passageways and old walls that are lined with museums, historical sites, food stalls, and markets. The main square of the Medina, Djemaa El–Fna, is the centre of activity. It’s bustling with musicians, storytellers and magicians, as well as stalls selling carpets, leather and pottery. Marrakesh must-see places include the Saadian Tombs from the 12th Century, Bahia Palace, and the Jardin Majorelle. This botanical garden combines art deco with Moorish elements.

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High Atlas

The High Atlas mountain range runs from Morocco’s coast to Alergia. It includes Toubkal National Park, which is home to Morocco’s highest peak Jbel Toubkal (4160m/13,670ft). Toubkal can be climbed from the Berber village Imlil. The High Atlas, North Africa’s highest mountain range, offers outdoor recreation opportunities all year, including snow sports and hiking.

The Todra Gorge is one of the most visited places in Morocco. It’s located in the eastern region of the High Atlas near Tinerhir. The mountains have been carved by the Todra and the Dades rivers, which are both steeply cliff-sided.

The Todra Gorge’s last 600m (2000 feet) are the most impressive. Ait­Benhaddou is a Mud Brick town that appears in numerous movies, including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. It lies at the edge of the High Atlas Mountains.

Merzouga

The small village of Merzouga is located in a quiet spot near the Algerian border. It’s a popular base for exploring the delights of the Sahara Desert. The enormous dunes of Erg Chebbi tower over it; some reach over 300 metres in height.

These magnificent sandscapes are what most people visit. Quad biking, hiking, and Camel Safaris are all popular ways to see the dunes. Overnight camping is a popular option for many visitors to the desert, where they can enjoy the spectacular sunsets and sunrises that create a stunning array of colours.

Merzouga is now home to a growing number of hotels. Originally, it was a transit point for Arab and Berber traders on their way from Timbuktu. All of these hotels offer excursions to the desert sights and sands all around, catering to all budgets.

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Fes

Fes, also known as Fez, was founded in 789 and served as Morocco’s capital for many years. The third-largest city in the country is now known as Morocco’s handicraft capital. Visitors who wish to feel the bustling atmosphere of a Moroccan market are sure to love Fes.

The government is working hard to restore the historic old town of the medina Fes el Bali to its former glory. The Medina, which has a population of approximately 150,000 people, is the largest urban area without cars in the world. A maze of narrow streets and alleyways lined with shops and souks are lined by traditional adobe houses and courtyards decorated with mosaic tiles.

A visit to Fes is a great way to have fun and meet craftsmen selling their wares. Although most of the traffic is pedestrian-only, donkeys can sometimes be used to transport some items. Most of Morocco’s cobalt-blue Moroccan ceramic tiles are made in the Medina. The Dar Batha Museum is located in the 18th-century Moorish palace and houses a fine collection of ceramic tiles, as well as traditional Fes crafts such as woodcarving and copperware.

Fes also houses the Karaouine Mosque, which is home to a madrasa

and is the oldest university worldwide. The Bou Inania madrasa, with its magnificent copper doors, minaret, and stalactite domed entrance chamber, is well worth a visit. Fes, like many other cities in modern Morocco, has a Ville Nouvelle or New City that provides modern and comfortable accommodation for its visitors.

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Sidi Ifni

The charming fishing village of Sidi Ifni lies along Morocco’s southwest coast. You will find beautiful beaches, amazing surf spots and incredible rock formations. The Berber town is also rich in history and culture, which was only restored to Morocco after decades of Spanish rule.

Everything is painted in blue and white. The city stands out against its deserted surroundings, with just a few Art Deco structures scattered around the town. Sidi Ifni is known for its laid back atmosphere, but there are many lively restaurants and cafes along the oceanfront as well as around its old Spanish Town and souq.

The beach is one of the most popular attractions. It is battered by the Atlantic Ocean’s waves. You can either go surfing or kite surfing here or just relax and enjoy the stunning scenery and dramatic coastline cliffs. Many people visit Sidi Ifni to see the stunning 30-metre-high rock arch.

Meknes

Meknes, located near the city of Fes in northern Morocco, is called the “City of a Hundred Minarets” because of its many monuments, mosques, palaces, palaces, and pavilions. Meknes was founded by a Berber tribe during the 9th century and became a fortified city in the 11th century. The Sultan of Morocco Moulay Ismail made Meknes his imperial capital in the 1700s and contributed to its construction. It is the city’s past glory and prestige that makes it stand out from other Moroccan towns. It is rare to find a place that offers such a close look at Morocco’s golden history. It is also close to the Roman ruins Volubilis.

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The Dar Jamai palace is located in a beautiful garden and includes a museum that displays imperial clothes and jewels. Dar El Makhzen, the Sultan’s grand palace and mausoleum, are well worth a visit. The Bab Mansour monument gate is one of the most well-known in Meknes. El Mansour, the gate’s 11th-century architect, lost his life. The Sultan executed the architect on the spot after he admitted that he thought he could do better. The striking gate features elegant cobalt-blue tile mosaics and marble columns taken from Roman ruins. It now bears the architect’s name.

Meknes is home to many historical sites, but it has a relaxed atmosphere due to its student population. The marketplaces are lively with musicians, jugglers and fire-swallowers, as well as friendly, easy-going merchants. The city is located on the fertile plains beneath the Atlas Mountains and has a vibrant agricultural sector. Meknes offers a variety of must-see experiences that will delight and please everyone.

Returning to the UK

It is not necessary to fill out a UK passenger locator before you travel. You also don’t have to take COVID-19 tests  or quarantine upon arrival in England.

 

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