Travelers from Morocco to France must present a 72 hour old PCR test

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Rabat – The embassy from France to Morocco announced Friday that all travelers from Morocco must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before departure. The decision will take effect from November 11.The procedure applies to air and sea transport, the statement said.

However, the procedure exempts children under the age of 11.

This decision follows an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in France. Faced with the proliferation of new COVID-19 infections and death cases, the French government decided to impose a national lockdown on October 29 to stem the spread of the virus.

The new lockdown is expected to end on December 1.

As of November 6, France has reached a total of 1,661,853 cases since the emergence of the virus in the country, including 60,486 new infections and 828 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Three months ago, a COVID-19 PCR test was not mandatory for travelers from Morocco, it was simply “recommended”.

Recently, Air Arabia Maroc announced its decision to create a new line connecting Casablanca and Rennes, in northwestern France from December 18.

Meanwhile, Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc has issued new “exceptional measures” to help passengers plan their trips despite the COVID-19 crisis. The measures state that the vouchers have a validity period of 12 months, with the possibility of obtaining a cash refund.

Since July, Air Arabia Maroc and Royal Air Maroc have been operating flights to several international destinations to help Moroccans stranded abroad and tourists to return to their country of residence.

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