Sunday, March 15, 2020

Urgent Message to UK & Australian Citizens. - Leave Morocco Now

The British Embassy in Rabat has issued the following notice:

We would like to inform you that the U.K. will be on the list for suspended flights this evening (Sunday March 15th).We have been given an extra 24 hours to try and get as many people out of country as possible. London is currently speaking to ABTA for more information.

Please speak to your contacts and explain that we understand a suspension of UK flights is imminent.

We have a very short window to reduce by as many as possible the number of British nationals who will be stranded in Morocco. Please make full use of this window and help us try and get as many people out of the country as we can in the time available to us. To be clear once the window is closed it will be extremely difficult to get anyone in or out of the country.

Most grateful if you can relay urgently to any relevant contacts

Should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the British Embassy in Rabat or the Honorary consulate in Marrakech

Kind regards,

Adil E.
Consular section
British Embassy Rabat

Latest News
Hundreds of tourists are stranded at Moroccan airports as flight suspensions impact an increasing number of countries.

Morocco has closed its land, maritime, and air borders to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Morocco has suspended all flights to and from Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Algeria, and China. Emirates Airline is ceasing flights to Dubai to and from Casablanca on March 16th until March 31st. Etihad and Qatar Airways are also ceasing flights from the same dates.

While France announced plans to repatriate its citizens from Morocco, it remains to be seen how this mechanism will be executed and if it will make a measurable impact on the chaotic state of Moroccan airports—and if other countries will follow suit.

Europe is now the epicentre of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation declared on March 13.

Italy, the hardest-hit country in Europe, has confirmed 21,157 cases of the virus, with 1,441 deaths and 1,966 patients recovered.

Spain follows with 6,313 cases, 193 deaths, and 517 recoveries.

Meanwhile, Germany has confirmed 4,525 cases, 46 recoveries, and only eight deaths.

France is not far behind with 4,499 cases, but with 91 deaths and only 12 recoveries.

The Netherlands has recorded 959 infections, 12 deaths, and two recoveries, while Belgium reports 689 cases, four deaths, and one recovery.

Portugal has only 169 cases, with two recoveries and no deaths.

Algeria brings up the rear with 37 cases, three deaths, and 10 recoveries.

China remains the global leader with 80,824 cases and 3,189 deaths. However, 65,573 patients—the vast majority—have recovered from COVID-19


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