COVID FAQ

TRAVELING TO SPAIN & PORTUGAL & FRANCE & MOROCCO

Updated on November 12th, 2021

SPAIN
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to Spain?

U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain on non-essential travel, such as tourism) if they show proof of vaccination.

Additionally, U.S. citizens travelling 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.

This applies to U.S. citizens travelling to Spain from the United States, including if they transit through a third country.

U.S. citizens who are travelling 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?

A. Certificate of vaccination (at least 14 days from the date of the last vaccination dose). Accepted vaccines: Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen / Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac and Sinopharm. 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

B. Travelers who are in any of the exceptional situations and do NOT have a vaccination certificate, must present the diagnostic certificate or the recovery certificate.

B.1. 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 48 hours prior to your arrival.

B.2. Recovery certificate (up to 180 days from the date on which the sample was taken).

In any case, the certificates must be written in Spanish, English, French or German. If it is not possible to obtain it in these languages, the supporting document must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish carried out by an official body.

C. Form. In all cases, it is mandatory to fill out the Spain Health Control form (FCS). It must be completed and signed it online before your trip to Spain. You may access the form and sign it through the Spain Travel Healthportal or through the apps for Android or iOS devices.

All passengers arriving in Spain as their final destination must undergo a health check on arrival at the first entry point. This control will include, at least, the temperature measurement, a documentary control and a visual control on the state of the passenger. If you are in transit check the specific rules. Travelers may be subject to denial of entry for public health reasons if, after verification by the correspondent health authorities, the traveler does not comply with the COVID-19 health control requirements established by the Ministry of Health.

Important: In the case of international cruises, a specific form is required to replace the SpTH.

Children under the age of 12 do not have to present any kind of certificate. Between the ages of 12 and 18, they must have a vaccination certificate, i.e. they cannot enter with a certificate of a diagnostic test or a certificate of recovery, apart from the exceptions.

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, there is no quarantine requirement in Spain.

5-. What are the current restrictions in place?

General measures:

Use of facemasks: Face masks are mandatory in public spaces indoors. Its use is also mandatory on all means of public transport, as well as in private vehicles if the occupants do not live together at the same address. Exceptions are made for children under the age of six and for people with disabilities or respiratory illnesses.

Physical Distancing: All people over the age of six must keep a physical distance of 1.5 meters. Alternatively, a face mask should be worn.

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events: Outdoor social gatherings are limited to six people. Physical distancing measures must be guaranteed, and maximum precautions must be taken to avoid meetings and overcrowding in indoor places. Regional deviations may apply.

Safety measures for public transportation: The use of a face mask is compulsory on all means of public transport for everyone aged six years or over.

Non-essential (other than medicine and food) shops: OPEN Shops must ensure that disinfection measures and social distancing are applied. Special attention is required in commercial areas and street markets. Restrictions can differ between autonomous regions.

Tourist accommodations: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Occupancy is often limited, especially at the reception and in common areas. In-house catering services must comply with the general disinfection and social distancing measures, as well as restricted opening hours. There may be temporary limitations on the number of guests per table.

Catering establishments: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS In general, social distancing of 1.5 meters at the bar is mandatory, and tables should at least be 1.5 meters apart. For restaurants, limits of persons per table applies and indoor dining is limited, according to the rules in place in different autonomous regions.

Autonomous Regions might require the EU Digital COVID certificate (or equivalent) to access indoor bars and clubs. Checking the regional websites is highly recommended for being updated with the new possible regulations.

Outdoors areas and beaches: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Most beaches are public spaces with free access, but depending on their occupancy levels, local governments may apply measures to ensure social distancing. In some regions, masks are compulsory on the beach for some situations. In protected natural spaces there can be time limits on the use of visitor centers or viewing points.

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

Andalusia:

Starting October 21st all municipalities are at Level 0 (Low Covid Risk with less than 50 cases) and there are no longer any restrictions to occupancy nor restrictions to the hours they can operate for theaters, concerts and any public event.

Balearic Islands:

Clubs are allowed to open with a maximum occupancy of 75% indoors and 100% in outdoor spaces in Mallorca, Ibiza & Formentera. The island of Menorca has removed all restrictions affecting nightlife.

Restaurants no longer have restrictions to their working hours. There is a limit of occupancy to 75 % indoors and 100 % in outdoor spaces.

Basque Country: Bars and restaurants & nightlife venues no longer have any restrictions on occupancy nor on the hours that they are allowed to operate. Wearing masks and keeping social distance is still required in indoor seating.

Canary Islands: All islands are at Level 1

The Canary Islands permits the opening of nightclubs on all of the islands if they require a Covid certificate. On Levels 1 they can open until 4:00 am.

Level 1: Restaurants and bars can open at 100 % capacity on the terraces and 75 % capacity inside. Up to 12 people can meet at a time. Nightlife venues can open to a capacity of 75% until 3:00 am with the possibility to open until 4:00 am if all employees & clients are vaccinated or have a negative test result.

Catalonia (Barcelona, Girona)

There are no longer any restrictions in the hours of operation or limitations on occupancy in restaurants in Catalonia.

Nightlife may open to what ever time their license permits. All participants are required to show proof of vaccination, or a negative test (PCR or Antigen) done 48-72 hours before. Nightlife venues are allowed to operate with a 80% occupancy. Masks are required indoors at all times and drinking alcohol is prohibited on the dance floor.

Galicia (Santiago de Compostela)

Restaurants have to limit the number of people per table to 10 in the interior with a maximum total occupancy of 90 %. In outdoor seating up to 20 people can sit together with a maximum occupancy of 100%.

All nightlife venues may open until 5:00 am.

Madrid

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

Nightclubs can open without any limitations of hours nor occupancy. Drinking at the bar is allowed but only while seated. Dancing is now allowed but no alcohol is to be consumed on the dance floor.

Valencia region

Restaurants and nightlife venues can now open without limitations to occupancy and operating hours. The municipality recommends no more than 10 people per table when eating indoors.

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.

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

If you travel from another city within Spain: There are currently no limitations for traveling to the Canary Islands from anywhere within the Spanish territory.

If you travel between islands:

Movement between the islands is fully reinstated at the moment, with daily connections that allow you to easily get from one island to any other, either by plane or by boat. There are no limitations on travel between islands.

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

By air: All passengers traveling to Portugal from Spain by air must present a negative PCR test 72 hours before boarding or a negative Antigen test 48 hours before boarding or present a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate or a valid Vaccination or recovery certificate issued by the third country, under reciprocal conditions. Children 12 & under are exempt. Passengers must also present a Passenger Locator form.

By land: There are currently no checks along the borders between Spain & Portugal.

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

All airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported. More information here (in English only).

Some States may require a US entry form (for example, see the New York form here).

There is no mandatory quarantine period is required.

PORTUGAL
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to Portugal?

Essential & Non-essential travel (i.e. tourist travel) to Portugal is currently permitted for countries of the European Union, Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, South Korea, United States of America, Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay and special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

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

Portugal currently requires the following documents:
  • RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) - 72h before boarding, or
  • Rapid Antigen Test - 48h before boarding, or
  • a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate, or
  • a valid Vaccination or recovery certificate issued by a third country, under reciprocal conditions for countries: Albania, Andorra, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Monaco, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, The Vatican.
  • Children under 12 do not need to present test.
  • All passengers need to fill a Passenger Locator Card (individually) before departure to Portugal or on board at https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

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

Certificates issued by third countries, under reciprocal conditions

Vaccination certificates must include:

  • Given name(s) and surname(s) of the holder;
  • Date of birth;
  • Disease or agent targeted: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants);
  • Vaccine against COVID-19 or prophylaxis;
  • Name of the vaccine against COVID-19;
  • Marketing authorization holder or manufacturer of the vaccine against COVID-19;
  • Number in a series of doses as well as the total number of doses in the series;
  • Date of vaccination, indicating the date of the last dose administered;
  • Member State or third country where the vaccine was administered;
  • Entity issuing the certificate.

Recovery certificates must include:

  • Given name(s) and surname(s) of the holder;
  • Date of birth;
  • Disease or agent from which the holder recovered: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants);
  • Date of the first positiveresult of the diagnostic test;
  • Member State or third country in which the diagnostic test was performed;
  • Entity issuing the certificate;
  • Valid certificate

Non-reciprocity in the recognition by third countries of the validity of the EU COVID Digital Certificate issued by Portugal, in the modalities of vaccination or recovery certificates, prevents the recognition of the validity of certificates issued by these third countries.

In contrast, those unable to provide one of the above-mentioned certificates must present a negative test result carried out within 72 or 48 hours before their arrival in Portugal.

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

Passengers that are required to present a proof of testing for the screening of SARS-CoV-2, may submit one of the following tests:
  • NAAT - Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (RT-PCR, NEAR, TMA, LAMP, HDA, CRISPR, SDA, etc), performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure.
  • OR
  • An antigen test (TRAg) performed within 48 hours prior to the time of departure. Only Rapid Antigen Tests that are on the list agreed by the European Union Health Committee are allowed. Passengers who present tests that do not comply with the requirements must undergo a new test on arrival, at their own expenses, and must wait at a designated place inside the airport, until the result is notified.

*Children under 12 years are exempt from testing.

** Tests are also not required on internal flights between Lisbon, Porto or Faro

The following information must be present for the test to be valid:

a) Complete Identification of the Passenger

b) Clear Identification of the laboratory, including the certification

c) Reference to the use of the method used

d) Date and Time of the exam collection

e) Explicit Negative test result

f) Presented in Portuguese, French, English, Spanish and Italian

NOTE: The test result must be presented at check-in, boarding and arrival in digital or paper format. The SMS format is not valid.

5-. What is the Passenger Locator Card?

The Portugal Passenger Locator Card is a new travel screening required for all international travelers who want to travel to Portugal. This locator card is designed to help the Portuguese public health authorities to contact passengers who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Get your Locator Card here: https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

Once you fill in the required information, the card will be sent to your email.

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

Yes, additionally, all passengers arriving to Portugal are subject to mandatory temperature checks and may be required to undergo secondary health screening and/or COVID-19 testing.

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

Yes, the control of persons at land borders, between Portugal and Spain, ended on April 30th and the freedom of movement between the two countries was resumed. To enter Portugal, through Spain, it is not necessary to submit a supporting evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test.

8-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

U.S. citizens can be required to quarantine. Travelers are not able to board an outbound flight from Portugal to the United States without a negative COVID test. Under the State of Contingency, 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. Attempting to cross immigration or board a plane with a positive COVID test will result in a 10-day quarantine.

Rapid Tests at Airports strongly discouraged. We have seen increased instances of travelers attempting to complete a rapid test at the airport, only to receive a positive test result and be detained, sometimes for hours, and forced to quarantine for the mandatory 10 days at the traveler’s expense.

9-. What are the current restrictions in place?

Use of facemasks: The use of face masks is mandatory in public transport, shops and supermarkets, and all other public indoor spaces. It is also recommended in outdoor spaces and workplaces where it is not possible to keep 2 meters distance, and when people are not from the same household. Children under 10 years old are exempted.

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.

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events: Starting October 1st, there are no longer capacity limits for weddings or baptisms.

A negative Covid-19 test however is still required to participate or access:

-Cultural and sports events with more than 500 people (indoor) or 1000 people (outdoor);

-bars and clubs

-health facilities

-to travel by air or sea

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 recommended.

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

No more than 5 people are allowed per 100 square meters. Non-essential stores up to 200 square meters with direct outdoor are also open. All non-essential shops can offer delivery services and provide pick-up points (click and collect).

Tourist accommodations: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Starting October first, it is no longer necessary to present a negative test result to stay and overnight in touristic accommodations throughout the continental territory.

Catering establishments: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS

Starting October first, it is no longer necessary to present a negative test result to access a restaurant throughout the continental territory. There are also no longer limits on the opening hours nor capacity limits.

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Heritage sites, museums, cinemas, theatres, cultural institutions, and libraries can open with safety measures in place.

10-. Are masks required in Portugal?

Yes, Masks are required in certain situations:
  • Closed public spaces: Masks are mandatory
  • Outdoors: Masks are recommended 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 wishing to travel to the Azores may do so with a RT-PCR Test - 72h before boarding, or with an Immunity declaration (for those who already had COVID-19, for example) or with a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate. Passengers may perform free test on arrival and wait the result in prophylactic isolation (between 12 to 24 hours for the result).

Children under 12 don’t need to present test.

All passengers need to fill Questionnaire at https://mysafeazores.com., with exception of EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination or recovery holders.

More information at www.visitazores.com

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

Passengers aged 12 and older arriving to Madeira, even on domestic flights from outside the Madeira, must either provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from the disease. PCR Test must be made 72 hours before boarding or Rapid Antigen Test 48 hours before boarding.

Travelers may also perform a free test on arrival and wait for the results in prophylactic isolation (between 12 – 24 hours for the results) or preform a voluntary isolation for 14 days at home or in a hotel accommodation.

All passengers must fill out a health questionnaire withing 12 – 48 hours before arrival: Madeira Traveler Registration Health Authorities (madeirasafe.com)

After completing the registration, the passenger receives a notification, via e-mail, with his access code for the madeirasafe.com platform. The passenger should login to his madeirasafe.com account where he/she will find the respective QR Code, to be presented upon arrival at Madeira Airport. The PCR test result can also be submitted in advance on the platform.

All passengers disembarked at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira are subject to thermal screening, without exceptions.

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

All airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported. More information here (in English only).

Some States may require a US entry form (for example, see the New York form here).

There is no mandatory quarantine period is required.

FRANCE
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to France?

Fully vaccinated travelers coming from the United States (as well as minor children under 17 accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian) will still be able to enter France 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.

Unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated are required to show a compelling reason for travel, undergo a seven-day self-isolation period upon arrival, and have various testing requirements.

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

Travel documents needed if you are vaccinated:

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).

And

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

French authorities have been accepting the CDC card as acceptable evidence of vaccination for entry into France, but it is not accepted as a French health pass required for domestic travel within France or to enter cultural sites, museums, theatres, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cafes, athletic facilities, medical offices and hospitals (except for emergencies), retirement homes, and some other facilities.

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 need to provide a compelling reason for travel through submission of an attention form.

The form can be downloaded here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel#from4

They 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;

They will also be required to take another test upon arrival in France (and if that test is positive, may face a 10-day quarantine at the traveler’s expense); undergo a 7-day self-isolation period upon arrival; and take a PCR test at the end of the self-isolation period.

These travelers will also need to provide a sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and that they agree to the testing and self-isolation requirements. Children under 11 are exempt from testing.

Only the following is considered a compelling reason to travel to France:

  • French citizens, their spouses (married, civil union and cohabiting) and their children.
  • Citizen of the European Union or equivalent, and their spouse (married, civil union or cohabiting partner) and their children, whose main residence is in France or who is returning, in transit through France, to their main residence in a European Union country or equivalent, or to a country whose nationality they hold;
  • Citizens of other countries with a valid French or European residence permit or long-stay visa whose main residence is in France or who are in transit through France to their main residence in a European Union country or a similar country.
  • British citizens and their family members who are beneficiaries of the agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community. British civil servants exercising their duties, border police officers and customs officers. Channel Tunnel staff (engaged inter alia in operations, maintenance, security) or cross-Channel facilities staff.
  • Citizens of other countries holding a long-stay visa issued for purposes of ordinary family reunion or refugee family reunification, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection and stateless persons.
  • Foreign health or research professionals involved in the fight against COVID-19 as well as their spouse (married, civil partner, cohabiting partner subject to proof of community of life) and children.
  • Foreign health or research professional engaged as an associate trainee.
  • Citizens of other countries with a “talent passport” long-stay visa, as well as their spouse (married, civil union or cohabiting partner on presentation of proof of community of life) and children.
  • Student enrolled in French as a foreign language (FLE) courses prior to enrollment in higher education or admitted to oral examinations in French higher education institutions or registered for the year 2021-2022. Researcher or teacher (including language assistant) moving to France at the invitation of a research laboratory, for research activities that imperatively require a physical presence as well as his spouse (married, civil union, partner on presentation of supporting documents community of life) and his children.
  • Workers in the land, sea and air transport sector or transport service providers (including drivers of any vehicle transporting goods for use in the territory as well as those only in transit, or travelling as passengers to resettle in their home base or for training).
  • Foreign citizen working for a diplomatic or consular mission, or an international organisation with its headquarters or an office in France, as well as their spouse and their children or a foreign citizen of a third country staying in France for a compelling professional reason under a mission order issued by their country of origin.
  • Travellers in transit for less than 24 hours in an international zone.

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?

Travelers under age 11 are treated as vaccinated regardless of their vaccination status and do not need to have a COVID test. Travelers ages 11 through 17 are treated as vaccinated if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian. Travelers in this age group traveling independently must meet the rules applicable to adult travelers.

7-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

Quarantine requirements vary depending on the country where travel originated and the vaccination status of the traveler. Fully vaccinated travelers coming from a orange list country (including the United States) and minors under age 11 are no longer required to quarantine.

Unvaccinated travelers arriving from orange countries will be tested again upon arrival, and must self-isolate upon arrival for 7 days, 10 days if they test positive upon arrival. At the end of the 7 days they must take a PCR test. Children under age 12 are exempt from the testing requirements.

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 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 masks is not compulsory outdoors, except in certain circumstances: gatherings of people while queuing, at open markets, in stadiums. Facemasks are no longer required in events that require a COVID certificate (pass sanitaire) unless requested by the organiser or local authority.

Masks are compulsory in enclosed public places. Furthermore, wearing a mask is also compulsory for anyone over 11 years old on public transport, taxi, restaurants, cafés, bars (compulsory for staff and customers when moving around), at school (compulsory for teachers, educational staff and students - not recommended in kindergartens), in casinos, and for vulnerable people.

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).

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events: Gatherings are allowed. Amusement parks, exhibition centers, and sports arenas are open but require a Covid-19 certificate (Pass Sanitaire).

Safety measures for public transportation: All persons above 11 years old shall wear a mask in vehicles and in transports areas (airport terminals, stations, platforms, bus stop).

Catering establishments: OPEN Restaurants, bars and cafés are open both for indoor and outdoor service (terraces). Access to these facilities (including for service in terrace) requires a Covid-19 certificate.

Tourist accommodations: OPEN From the 9th of August, tourist accommodations such as camping and resort clubs will require a Covid-19 certificate.

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Cultural establishments, cinemas, theatres and museums are open but require a Covid-19 certificate (Pass Sanitaire) for crowds above 50 people.

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

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

Many tourist attractions, entertainment and sporting facilities, and all dining establishments, among other businesses, require presentation of a health pass for entry. A health pass is also required for long distance travel.

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.

For travelers who are unable to convert their health pass, a temporary (72 hours) health pass can be obtained with a negative COVID test performed in France. Rapid antigen tests are available on a walk-in basis at many local pharmacies, with results in under 30 minutes. These results include a QR code that serves as the temporary pass. Once the pass expires, a new test can be taken to obtain a new 72-hour pass.

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

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

All airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported. More information here (in English only).

Some States may require a US entry form (for example, see the New York form here).

There is no mandatory quarantine period is required.

MOROCCO
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

**The Government of Morocco has put into place a “Health State of Emergency”**

1-. Can Americans travel to Morocco?

It depends. Entry requirements vary depending upon the country from which travel originates.

For entry into Morocco by air: The Government of Morocco classifies countries into “List A” and “List B.” List A includes the United States. The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs updates the countries on List A and List B regularly and at least twice a month.

Passengers arriving from countries on List A are permitted to enter Morocco with a negative result of a PCR test administered within 72 hours of the date entering Morocco or proof of COVID-19 vaccination. (Note that even if you have proof of vaccination, it may be advisable to also take a PCR test to have available, if asked.)

Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens transiting a List B country must have a negative PCR test administered within 48 hours of the date entering Morocco. If not fully vaccinated, travelers coming from or transiting List B countries must also undergo a 10-day quarantine on arrival at a government approved hotel (unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated passengers are required to show proof of hotel reservation; vaccinated passengers must show proof of vaccine but are not required to quarantine).

List B includes a few European Countries such as: France, Portugal, Spain. Please see the Moroccan Ministry of Health webpage for the most up-to-date list: https://www.sante.gov.ma/pages/actualites.aspx?IDActu=434.

Passenger ferries between Morocco and Spain are not currently in operation. Limited passenger ferry service exits between Morocco and France and Italy.

The borders with Ceuta and Melilla remain closed.

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

Vaccinated travelers from the United States are required to present:

  • negative result of a PCR test administered within 72 hours of the date entering Morocco or proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Unvaccinated travelers arriving from United States must have:

  • a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test result must be issued a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in Morocco. The test result must be in Arabic, French, or English.

Travelers under the age of 11 are exempt.

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?

Temperature screening and a medical examination are required for all passengers on arrival.

You may also be required to show confirmation of your hotel bookings.

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

Children 11 years & older that are not vaccinated are required to have a negative PCR test.

Children under 11 years of age are exempt from PCR screening.

6-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

U.S. Citizens arriving from the United States or another ¨List A¨ Country are not required to quarantine. Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated travelers from countries on List B must undergo a 10-day quarantine on arrival at a hotel.

7-. What are the current restrictions in place?

Effective October 21, 2021, the Moroccan government requires proof of vaccination to enter most private and public establishments, including hotels, restaurants, cafes, gyms, hammams, grocery stores, and public modes of transportation.

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.

Restaurants and cafés: Cafes and restaurants are open until 23h 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:

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. Also noted that these establishments must not exceed 75% of their capacity according to the latest restrictions.

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: Open 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.

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?

All airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported.More information here (in English only).

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