COVID FAQ

TRAVELING TO SPAIN & PORTUGAL & FRANCE & MOROCCO

Updated on August 10th, 2022

SPAIN
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to Spain?

U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain if they show that they are vaccinated against COVID-19, or have a recovery certificate , or show a negative diagnostic test result (NAAT or RAT) performed either within 72hours prior to departure to Spain for a NAAT (e.g. – PCR test) or within 24 hours prior to departure to Spain for a RAT (e.g. – rapid antigen test).

Minors up to 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination, a recovery certificate, or a negative COVID test.

Vaccines are valid from 14 days after the last dose up to 270 days. If more than 270 days (9 months) have passed since receiving the last required dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. citizens must show proof of having received a booster shot. The booster shot certificate is valid since the day it was administered.

Recovery certificates that are issued at least 11 days after the first positive COVID test, and up to a maximum of 180 days after the date of sampling, are accepted as valid. The COVID tests accepted are those authorized by the European Commission and must have been performed by healthcare professionals after October 1, 2021. Passengers with a Recovery Certificate other than an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent must also provide documentary proof of the diagnostic test from which the Recovery Certificate is derived.

Additionally, U.S. citizens traveling from the United States to Spain must present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app” in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler, regardless of their age and duration of the trip, unless they have a EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC). To travel to Spain, it is not necessary to complete the SpTH health control form if you have an EU DCC, or equivalent EU certificate. The CDC vaccination certificate is not a digital certificate; therefore travelers from the U.S. who have a CDC vaccination certificate must still generate the QR code through the Spain Travel Health portal.

U.S. citizens who are traveling to Spain from a country that is not the United States should make sure they follow the guidance published by Spanish authorities on their local Spain Embassy website.

2-. What documents are required to travel to Spain?

Travelers coming from the USA to Spain must meet ONE of the following health requirements (provided they are over 12 years old):

1.Vaccination, recovery or diagnostic certificate

Please note that you may present an EU-COVID Certificate or a certificate of vaccination, recovery or diagnosis issued in any country outside the European Union (such as United States) as long as these certificates meet certain requirements.

1.1. Vaccination certificate. Accepted vaccines: Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen/Johnson&Johnson, Sinovac and Sinopharm.

Notice: Keep in mind that you will need 14 days from the last dose at least and no more than 270 days since the date of administration of your last dose. From that moment on, your vaccination certificate must show the administration of your booster dose. You may prove it with your EU COVID Certificate as long as it is updated and in force.

Is the booster dose applicable for children? Please keep in mind that the obligation for the booster dose and the expiration date of 270 days do not apply for children over 12 and under 18 years old. Therefore, if you are over 12 and under 18 years old, you are considered as vaccinated even if 270 days have passed since the last dose without having received the booster dose.

The vaccination certificate must include at least the following information:

  • Name and surname of the holder.
  • Vaccination date, indicating the date of the last dose administered.
  • Type of vaccine administered.
  • Number of doses administered / complete regimen.
  • Issuing country.
  • Identification of the issuing body of the vaccination certificate.

2. Diagnostic certificate. You must show a negative COVID-19 test result. NAAT (PCR, LAMP, TMA or equivalent) test types are accepted in Spain. You must show a negative result of a NAAT test taken within 72 hours OR an antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to your departure.

2.1. Recovery certificate.

Certificates of recovery issued by the competent authority or by a medical service at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT or rapid antigen detection test will be accepted as valid. The certificate shall be valid for 180 days after the date of the first positive diagnostic test result.

Certificates must be written in Spanish, English, French or German. If it is not possible to obtain it in these languages, the document must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish made by an official body.

3. The SptH entry form.

Please note that if you have a COVID-EU Certificate issued by any EU country or equivalent(check here if your certificate is considered equivalent by the country of issue) you may substitute the SpTH (Spain Travel Heath) for the COVID-EU Certificate. At this moment the COVID certificate issued by the USA is not considered as equivalent. Therefore you will need to fill in the SpTH form, download your QR code and present it to the authorities on your mobile device or printed on paper.

If your COVID Certificate has been issued by a country other than USA please check here if you need to fill in the SpTH form and download a QR code before your trip to Spain.

What about children?

All travellers over 12 years old who do not have a valid COVID-EU Certificate or equivalent, must complete the SpTH form, filling in manually the details of their vaccination certificate, diagnosis or recovery in order to obtain the QR code.

Please note that persons arriving in Spain by air or sea from countries that do not belong to the European Union or are not considered Schengen associated countries may be subject to a health check at the first point of entry, which will include, at least, taking their temperature, a documentary check and a visual check of their physical condition.

3-. How do I generate a QR Code?

If you travel by air, A form must be completed and signed electronically before your arrival in Spain. You need to generate a QR code 48 hours before your flight to Spain. The QR code will be checked on arrival at the airport. Each traveler needs his own QR code.

The QR code can be generated through the Spain Travel Health portal. You may use their website (https://www.spth.gob.es/) or download the Spain Travel Health App in Google Play or App Store.

Each passenger must fill in a form associated with each trip that is personal and non-transferable. Once you fill out the form on the website, the code will be sent to your email. You must have it printed or on your mobile phone.

Spain Travel Health Portal: https://www.spth.gob.es/

Or download their app:

If you travel by sea, the form will be provided during the trip or upon arrival at the port of destination in Spain or can be filled out through this website: https://spthm.puertos.es/

There is no obligation to present this form when travelling to Spain by land (car or train).

4-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

No

5-. What are the current restrictions in place?

General measures in Spain:

Use of facemasks:

In Spain, from April 20, 2022, it is not mandatory to wear a mask outdoors or indoors, with some exceptions. You must wear a mask:

1. If you are traveling by plane, train or bus, as well as on all public passenger transport.

2. If you are traveling on ships or boats in case it is not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 m, except in cabins, when they are shared by groups of cohabitants.

3. In health centers, services and establishments such as health care centers, hospitals or pharmacies/drugstores.

4. In social health care centers, workers and visitors in shared areas.

Physical Distancing: All people must keep a physical distance of 1.5 meters.

Non-essential (other than medicine and food) shops: OPEN

Tourist accommodations: OPEN

Catering establishments: OPEN

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions: OPEN

Outdoors areas and beaches: OPEN

6-. What are the currently restrictions in place in each region?

Andalusia:

There are no longer any restrictions to occupancy nor restrictions to the hours they can operate for restaurants, theaters, concerts and any public event.

Balearic Islands:

Clubs have no longer any restrictions to occupancy nor restrictions to the hours they can operate.

Restaurants no longer have restrictions to their working hours or occupancy limit.

Basque Country:

Restaurants no longer have restrictions to their working hours or occupancy limit.

Clubs have no longer any restrictions to occupancy nor restrictions to the hours they can operate

Canary Islands:

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM THIRD COUNTRIES AND YOU ARE NOT EU CITIZEN

Passengers must meet only one of the following requirements, accompanying persons under the age of 12 are exempt.:

  • Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Negative Diagnostic Test of Active COVID-19 Infection taken regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Antigen tests taken a maximum of 48 hours prior to departure to Spain and NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure to Spain will be accepted.
  • Certificate of recovery confirming that the holder has recovered from COVID-19, issued at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT test (PCR, TMA, LAMP). The certificate is valid for 180 days

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM THE EU AND SCHENGEN

At present there are no limitations for travelling to the Canary Islands.

No required:

  • EU COVID certificate.
  • Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Negative Diagnostic Test of Active COVID-19 Infection
  • Certificate of recovery
  • Control form

No limits for meetings, restaurants or night clubs visits.

Catalonia (Barcelona, Girona)

Restaurants & bars no longer have restrictions to their working hours or occupancy limit. No capacity restrictions.

Nightlife: Opened from February 11th.

Galicia (Santiago de Compostela)

A Covid Passport is required to access any hospital.

Restaurants & bars no longer have restrictions to their working hours. Maximum 10 people per table indoors and 20 outdoors.

All nightlife venues no longer have restrictions to their working hours.

Madrid

There are no more restrictions for opening hours in bars and restaurants nor limits in terms of occupancy.

Markets, retail establishments, shopping centers, outdoor terraces of hospitality establishments, libraries, archives, museums and exhibition halls *, cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, tent circuses and similar spaces **. No capacity limit as long as the safety distance of 1.5 meters is respected and with the mandatory use of a mask and other hygienic measures.

Gaming venues, places of worship, resorts, gyms, zoos and aquariums: no capacity limits.

Restaurants: no capacity limits. Bar consumption is allowed but only on seats, always respecting social distancing.

In the wedding celebrations after a ceremony, the consumption of drink and food will be done, exclusively, sitting at the table and the dance activity can only be carried out in outdoor spaces without consuming drinks in them

Nightlife: dancing floors are allowed in the night clubs. Bear in mind that you must respect social distancing and use face mask.

Sports stadiums, sporting events: 100% capacity.

Valencia region

COVID passport: only mandatory in residences and social centers for the elderly.

7-. What are the specific rules for entering the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza & Formentera)?

Starting November 1st, All travelers arriving to the Balearic Islands from another part of Spain will not have to pass any Health Control. There are also no additional controls when traveling from island to island. We recommend to be alert in case new measures take place.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM THIRD COUNTRIES

U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain if they show that they are vaccinated against COVID-19, or have a recovery certificate , or show a negative diagnostic test result (NAAT or RAT) performed either within 72hours prior to departure to Spain for a NAAT (e.g. – PCR test) or within 24 hours prior to departure to Spain for a RAT (e.g. – rapid antigen test). You need to present a health certificate or the SpTH form.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM WITHIN SPAIN

Whether you travel between islands or from the peninsula you shall not have to present any COVID certificate or fill in any form.

8-. Are there any special requirements for entering the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro)?

In any case, it is extremely important you check your operator or airline's conditions before traveling to Canary Islands.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM THIRD COUNTRIES

U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain if they show that they are vaccinated against COVID-19, or have a recovery certificate , or show a negative diagnostic test result (NAAT or RAT) performed either within 72hours prior to departure to Spain for a NAAT (e.g. – PCR test) or within 24 hours prior to departure to Spain for a RAT (e.g. – rapid antigen test). You need to present a health certificate or the SpTH form.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM WITHIN SPAIN

Whether you travel between islands or from the peninsula you shall not have to present any COVID certificate or fill in any form.

9-. Can I Travel from Spain to Portugal??

As of July 1, 2022, passengers entering national territory (including Azores and Madeira) are no longer required to present proof of carrying out a test to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result or to present a COVID-EU digital certificate or vaccination or recovery certificate issued by third countries, accepted or recognized in Portugal.

Measures in force may be reviewed in accordance to the evolution of the pandemic.

10-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

Beginning June 12, 2022, travelers to the United States, regardless of citizenship, no longer have to present a negative COVID-19 test or certificate of recovery before boarding their flight.

ALL non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

There is no mandatory quarantine period required.

PORTUGAL
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to Portugal?

Beginning July 1, 2022, COVID entry requirements have been lifted. A negative COVID 19 test, certificate of vaccination or a certificate of recovery is no longer required in airports, borders, air and sea travel.

2-. What documents are required to travel to Portugal?

No documents are required

The law that required filling in the Passenger Locator Form on all flights to Portugal has been revoked, so it is no longer necessary to present it at the time of boarding.

Before traveling, it is important to confirm the entry formalities and procedures with the airline company and the Portuguese border service

3-. What must be shown on my vaccination or recovery certificate for it to be accepted in Portugal?

Certificates not needed anymore.

4-. What type of tests are required to enter Portugal?

No tests are required.

5-. What is the Passenger Locator Card?

The law that required filling in the Passenger Locator Form on all flights to Portugal has been revoked, so it is no longer necessary to present it at the time of boarding.

6-. Are there additional screening procedures in place at the airport on arrival?

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes (Airport temperature scans and random screenings)

7-. Can I travel to Portugal from Spain or any other European Country?

As of July 1, 2022, passengers entering national territory (including Azores and Madeira) are no longer required to present proof of carrying out a test to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result or to present a COVID-EU digital certificate or vaccination or recovery certificate issued by third countries, accepted or recognized in Portugal.

Measures in force may be reviewed in accordance to the evolution of the pandemic.

8-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

Under the State of Alert, the Portuguese Government can impose mandatory quarantine for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and individuals deemed by health officials to require special medical observation. The U.S. Embassy Lisbon will be unable to help travelers avoid quarantines, and U.S. citizens should expect increased cost and time on their travel.

9-. What are the current restrictions in place?

Mandatory use of mask.

GENERAL RULES

Mandatory mask;

General measures

Mandatory mask:

- in public transports, taxis and similar passenger transports;

- access and visits to care and nursing homes and health facilities.

General behavior guidelines

- Social distancing;

- Frequent hand washing;

- Respiratory etiquette.

Access without restriction to accommodation, restaurants, events, bars and clubs and other public spaces/services.

The obligation to present a certificate or test was eliminated, except at border control, where the restrictions are maintained.

Mandatory negative test or recovery certificate, except for those who have already been vaccinated with a booster dose of the vaccine for at least 14 days, only when visiting care and nursing homes and health facilities.

Use of facemasks: The use of face masks is mandatory in:

- in public transports, taxis and similar passenger transports;

- access and visits to care and nursing homes and health facilities.

Physical Distancing: In public places, physical distance of 10 square meters of area per person and a distance of 2 meters between people is required. For those practicing sport the minimum distancing is 3 meters.

Safety measures for public transportation: Starting from the 23rd of August 2021, there are no occupancy limitations in public transportation, including taxis. The use of face masks remains mandatory inside public transportation, and hygiene measures are required.

Non-essential (other than medicine and food) shops: OPEN WITHOUT LIMITATIONS Shops and shopping centers are open without time restrictions.

Capacity in commercial establishments is reduced to 1 person per 5 square meters.

10-. Are masks required in Portugal?

Yes, Masks are required in the following situations:
  • Closed public spaces: Masks are mandatory
  • Outdoors: Masks are mandatory when social distancing is not possible
  • Beaches: Mandatory use of masks at access points to and while moving on the beach (sand). Masking is not required when stationary on your towel. Mandatory social distance of 1.5m between towels.

11-. What are the specific requirements for traveling to the Azores?

Passengers arriving to the Azores on domestic (national) flights no longer must show proof of vaccination nor proof of a negative test. There is no longer health control at airports in the Azores for national flights.

For international flights, the Azores now follows the same policy as mainland Portugal. All passengers traveling to the Azores do not have public health control measures on entry.

12-. What are the specific requirements for traveling to Madeira?

There are no restrictions on the entry of travelers at airports, ports and marinas. For more information, visit visitmadeira.pt.

The use of a mask is mandatory for persons 6 and older for the locations indicated below, in accordance with Resolution nº 316/2022, May 13, 2022).

  • Health facilities and services, including pharmacies
  • Public transport, including for taxis or ride sharing
  • Buildings and covered access areas to public transport, including airports and maritime terminals
  • For COVID positive persons, in all circumstances, until 10 days after the onset of symptoms or a positive test result.

13-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

Beginning June 12, 2022, travelers to the United States, regardless of citizenship, no longer have to present a negative COVID-19 test or certificate of recovery before boarding their flight.

ALL non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

FRANCE
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to France?

Travelers coming from the United States who are not fully vaccinated require a negative PCR or antigen test performed within the 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (antigen test) before entering France. A certificate of recovery/positive COVID test dated more than 11 days after COVID was contracted but less than six months ago might be accepted for entry purposes, but it is not clear if this includes certificates without an EU-compatible QR code, such as those issued in the United States. This includes land and sea travelers as well as air travelers. There is no quarantine requirement. Different rules apply to French overseas territories, and travelers will need to check the internet sites of the prefecture or High Commissioner (Haute commissariat) of the destination.

2-. What documents are required to travel to France from the United States?

Under new rules that went into effect June 9, certain travelers may now be admitted to France, depending on conditions in the country of origin of their trip and the traveler’s vaccination status. All countries are color-coded, either green, red, orange, or scarlet. A country’s status and particular requirements to enter France are subject to change with little notice.

The United States is currently on the ¨Green¨ List.

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated must present results of a negative COVID test. The type of test and the time frame for the test vary depending on the color classification of the country and the vaccination status of the traveler. Please see the information above under Entry and Exit requirements.

Please note this testing requirement applies only to travelers who are otherwise allowed to travel to France. For more information regarding entry into France, we refer you to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (English version).

Travel documents needed if you are vaccinated:

  • Negative COVID TEST: On February 12, France’s entry rules changed. Fully vaccinated travelers coming from any green or orange nation, including the United States (as well as minor children under 12) no longer require a covid test to enter France, and may enter with proof of vaccination and a sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. As of February 1, French authorities require a traveler age 18 and over to receive a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine no later than 9 months after the second dose (the single dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) to be considered “fully vaccinated” for entry into France. Note: People wo received their booster more than nine months after their second dose may still enter, so long as one week has passed after they received their booster shot.
  • Proof of vaccination: It will only be valid if it proves that you are fully vaccinated, i.e.:
    • Fourteen days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria and Covishield));
    • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Seven days after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).

HEALTH PASS / VACCINE PASS: As of March 14, proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter venues in France, with the exception of hospitals and nursing homes. This change does not affect vaccine requirements regarding travel to France.

3-. I am unvaccinated. Am I able to travel to France?

As of September 12, travelers coming from the United States who are not fully vaccinated will also need to present a negative COVID-19 test, either a PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen (rapid) test conducted within the 48 hours prior to departure;

4-. What type of vaccines are accepted enter France?

Currently only the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are accepted.

Full vaccination occurs two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine, and four weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

5-. Are there additional screening procedures in place at the airport on arrival?

France is performing temperature checks and there are two Covid-19 testing centers at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris-Orly. Departing passengers wishing to get a test at the airport must make an appointment online (doctolib.fr). According to Paris Aéroport, results for the PCR test are available within 48 hours and within 1 to 2 hours for an antigenic test.

6-. What if I am traveling with an unvaccinated minor?

French entry rules currently allow fully vaccinated travelers coming from any green or orange nation, including the United States (as well as minor children under 12) no longer require a COVID test to enter France, and may enter with proof of vaccination (the CDC card is sufficient for entry) and a sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. As of February 1, French authorities require a traveler age 18 and over to have received a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine no later than 9 months after the second dose (the single dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) to be considered “fully vaccinated” for entry into France.

Sworn declaration: that can be downloaded on the Interior Ministry’s website stating that you have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection; to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey. The declaration can be downloaded here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel

7-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

There is no current quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers (and accompanying minors under age 12). Quarantine or self-isolation may be required for unvaccinated travelers under certain circumstances. Please see Entry and Exit requirements for more information.

8-. What are the current restrictions in place?

A Covid-19 certificate (Pass Sanitaire) compatible with the EU Digital Covid Certificates (EUDCC) format, is necessary to access all cultural or recreational events held indoors or outdoors. as well as to enter museums, cinemas, cafés, restaurants, shopping centres, hospitals and for long distance-travel by plane, train or bus. The CDC card is not accepted as a health pass.

The Covid-19 certificate will only become necessary for people aged 12 to 17 after 30 September. Children under 12 years old do not need a Covid-19 certificate.

For further detailed information, you can visit www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Use of facemasks: The use of facemasks is mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, including public transport.

Face masks will no longer be required on trains, planes and metros in France starting on May 16.

Physical Distancing: A physical distancing of at least 2 meters applies in all places and circumstances. In particular: in shops (limited number of customers that are allowed to be present at the same time); in restaurants, cafés and bars: maximum of 10 people per table, 2 meters between each table; on public transport, taxis and carpooling (two passengers per seat row).

HEALTH PASS / VACCINE PASS: As of March 14, proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter venues in France, with the exception of hospitals and nursing homes. This change does not affect vaccine requirements regarding travel to France.

Safety measures for public transportation: Face masks will no longer be required on trains, planes and metros in France starting on May 16.

Catering establishments: OPEN WITHOUT LIMITATIONS

Tourist accommodations: OPEN WITHOUT LIMITATIONS

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions: OPEN WITHOUT LIMITATIONS

Outdoors areas and beaches: OPEN Tourism areas and beaches are accessible.

9-. How can I get a French Health Pass?

HEALTH PASS / VACCINE PASS: As of March 14, proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter venues in France, with the exception of hospitals and nursing homes. This change does not affect vaccine requirements regarding travel to France.

A health pass can be obtained from designated pharmacies for a fee of up to 36 Euros. The map of designated pharmacies is available on this website: https://www.sante.fr/obtenir-un-passe-sanitaire-en-cas-de-vaccination-letranger.

Travelers will need to have their passport and their original paper version of their vaccination record. The vaccination record will need to show the traveler’s name, DOB, vaccination date(s), the number of doses and the country where the vaccination occurred.

Be aware that in order to convert the non-EU vaccination into a French Health Pass, travelers over the age of 18 must have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson, or AstraZeneca vaccines outside of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, England, or Wales.

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/coronavirus-statements/article/applying-for-a-covid-certificate-if-you-were-vaccinated-abroad-procedure-for

As of December 15, people aged 65 and older will need to have received a COVID-19 booster shot in order to keep their health pass active. As of January 15, 2022, all people age 18 and older will need a COVID-19 booster shot between five (5) and seven (7) months after their second COVID dose to keep their health pass active.

Booster shots will be available to all adults living in France age 18 and above beginning November 29, beginning five (5) months after they became fully vaccinated. Initial vaccination for children age 5-11 will not be available in 2021.

10-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

Beginning June 12, 2022, travelers to the United States, regardless of citizenship, no longer have to present a negative COVID-19 test or certificate of recovery before boarding their flight.

ALL non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

MOROCCO
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Government of Morocco has put into place a “Health State of Emergency.” If you are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or to find a testing site, please contact the Moroccan Ministry of Health’s hotline at +212 (0)8-01-00-47-47. Assistance is available in English, French or Arabic.

On February 1, The Government of Morocco announced the following guidance related to reentry requirements for those returning to Morocco. Travelers may wish to monitor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website (www.maec.gov.ma) and the Ministry of Health’s website (www.sante.gov.ma) for entry requirements and procedures.

Those seeking to enter Morocco must:

Present a vaccination pass* (for those 12+ years of age), demonstrating that they have been fully vaccinated (at least two doses, unless the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was administered);

Present a negative PCR test taken less than 48 hours before boarding the plane (for those 7+ years of age);

Submit to rapid antigen testing upon arrival in Morocco; and

Submit – if requested – to random PCR testing (for those 7+ years of age) after entry into Morocco.

Arriving passengers who test positive at the airport will be required to self-isolate at their residences and will be subject to monitoring by government authorities.

1-. Can Americans travel to Morocco?

Before traveling, check with airlines and review information on COVID vaccine and testing requirements in transit and destination countries.

Effective December 6 all air travelers to the United States aged two and above, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day prior to departure, or documentation of recovery in the past 90 days.

If vaccinated in the United States, we recommend U.S. citizens carry their white CDC card as proof of vaccination. Additionally, U.S. citizens vaccinated in the United States may be able to access the Vaccination Administration Management System (VAMS) within the United States to obtain a QR code. At this time, we cannot be certain what proof will be accepted by individual establishments.

2-. What documents are required to travel to Morocco from the United States?

Vaccinated travelers from the United States are required to present:

  • Present a vaccination pass* (for those 12+ years of age), demonstrating that they have been fully vaccinated (at least two doses, unless the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was administered);
  • A negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before boarding; and
  • A completed passenger health form.
  • Travelers transiting Morocco must follow the entry requirements of their final destination.

On arrival to Morocco, Travelers are also required to complete a public health passenger form. You may print out the form and fill it out in advance: http://www.onda.ma/form.php

3-. What vaccines are accepted in Morocco?

The vaccines authorized in Morocco are: AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen, Covishield, Moderna, Sinovac.

4-. Are there additional screening procedures in place at the airport on arrival?

Upon arrival at Moroccan airports, screening tests are no longer systematic for all passengers. The rapid antigen test is performed randomly.

5-. What if I am traveling with an unvaccinated minor?

There are no entry requirements for children under 6 years of age. For children between 6 and 18 years old, the only requirement is a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old, in addition to a rapid antigen test on arrival.

For children under the age of 12, there are no exit requirements. For children between 12 and 18 years old, a vaccination pass is required. Over 18 years old, they must refer to the protocol defined for adults.

6-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

Arriving passengers who test positive at the airport will be required to self-isolate at their residences and will be subject to monitoring by government authorities.

7-. What are the current restrictions in place?

Starting on February 7, 2022, international flights to Morocco will be allowed to resume and travelers, under certain conditions, will have access to Moroccan territory if they have a vaccination pass and a negative PCR test at least 48 hours before the date of entry to Moroccan territory.

Restaurants and cafés: Cafes and restaurants are open while respecting some sanitary measures. You must always wear your mask at the entrance and every time you get up to move around. At the entrance, your temperature is checked, and you are invited to disinfect your hands. To ensure the safety of all clients, the entrance and exit routes are separate.

Masks are mandatory (under penalties) in any public space throughout the country. That includes bazaars, parks, museums, basically anywhere outside the home or hotel room.

Beaches, resorts and wellness centers: Private bathing establishments are open (Hammams, Gyms, and Covered Swimming Pools). The general health protocol being followed, body temperature is checked at the entrance and hand disinfection is required. In the case of the wellness centers, the entry and exit routes are separated. Respect of social distancing is recommended, and the wearing of masks is mandatory in common areas. In order to fully enjoy these activities, it is advisable to follow all the guidelines mentioned at the reception area of these establishments and to inquire in advance by telephone. Public beaches are open.

Hotels and accommodation facilities:

A reservation is mandatory to fully enjoy your stay in hotels, resorts, riads and all classified accommodation structures. To ensure the health and safety of all travelers, the Ministry of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and Social Economy grants the "Welcome Safely" certification testifying to the compliance of these tourist accommodation establishments with the control protocols of Covid-19 in Morocco.

Within these establishments, the wearing of a mask is mandatory in the reception rooms, the restaurant areas and any other common room. It should also be noted that body temperature is taken upon entry and hand disinfection may also be required. The respect of social distancing measures and hygiene rules is also required.

Museums and cultural sites:

Temperatures will be checked at the entrance, followed by hand disinfection. As the entrance and exit routes are separated, the safety distance will have to be respected in case of waiting. Inside these establishments, it would be preferable to avoid touching objects and to follow the indicated and signaled routes. Wearing a mask is mandatory.

Cinemas and Theatres

Cinemas and theaters are open. All arrangements will be made to protect your health and safety: a marked and indicated route, a temperature reading at the entrance, hand disinfection and numbered and separate seats to keep a safe distance. It should be noted that wearing a mask is mandatory to attend shows in cinemas and theaters.

Shops and commercial activities:

It is mandatory to wear your mask to protect yourself and others. It is brought to your attention that at the entrance of each store, sanitizers are available to customers, as well as thermal scanners for checking body temperature. As the number of customers is limited in these areas, it is compulsory to respect the safety distance in queuing.

Means of transport:

To ensure your safety on public transportation, it is mandatory to wear a mask, maintain a safe distance from other passengers, and sit in the seats reserved for you.

If you decide to travel by car, wearing a mask becomes mandatory if you are accompanied.

8-. Are masks required in Morocco?

Yes. Masks are required on all public transportation and in public spaces, including airports and train stations.

9-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

Beginning June 12, 2022, travelers to the United States, regardless of citizenship, no longer have to present a negative COVID-19 test or certificate of recovery before boarding their flight.

ALL non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

10-. Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Morocco?

Yes. The cost for the test is typically around 700 Dirhams. Results can be provided electronically and are usually available within 24 hours.

To find a COVID-19 testing lab near you, contact the Moroccan Ministry of Health’s hotline at +212 (0)8-01-00-47-47. Assistance is available in English, French or Arabic.

SOURCES:

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/

SPAIN:

https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/

PORTUGAL:

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/#

FRANCE:

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel#from2

MOROCCO:

https://www.visitmorocco.com/en/travel-info/covid-19-travel-safely-to-morocco https://www.sante.gov.ma/PublishingImages/2021/protocole/FSP%20avion.pdf https://ma.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/