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Canada Suspending All Direct Passenger Flights From Morocco

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Canada has some of the strongest travel and border controls in the world, and it is prioritizing Canadians’ health and safety by taking a risk-based and deliberate approach to re-opening its borders.

Border measures, like every other component of Canada’s COVID-19 response, are based on accessible data, scientific evidence, and ongoing monitoring of the epidemiological situation in Canada and around the world. Over the last month, there has been a spike in COVID-19 positive test findings among Moroccan visitors coming to Canada.

Based on the most recent public health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) restricting all direct commercial and private passenger flights from Morocco to Canada from August 29, 2021, at 00:01 EDT, until September 29, 2021, at 00:00 EDT. The NOTAM applies to all direct commercial and private passenger flights from Morocco to Canada. Cargo flights, medical transfers, and military flights are not included.

Flights from Morocco that are already in transit at the time of the NOTAM’s issuance will be allowed to continue to Canada in order to ensure aviation safety and minimize operational disruptions. As a stopgap measure until the NOTAM is implemented, all passengers arriving on such aircraft will be asked to take a test upon arrival in Canada.

Transport Canada is also revising the Interim Order Regarding Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, which is connected to third-country pre-departure COVID-19 molecular tests, to cover travelers to Canada via an indirect route from Morocco. This means that passengers traveling from Morocco to Canada via an indirect route will need to receive a valid COVID-19 pre-departure exam from a third nation other than Morocco before continuing their journey. The requirement for third-country testing will also go into effect on August 29, 2021, at 00:01 EDT.

Canada continues to closely monitor the situation and will collaborate with the Moroccan government and aviation companies to ensure that suitable protocols are in place to allow for the safe resumption of direct flights as soon as conditions permit.

Restricting flights from countries of concern is part of Canada’s overall approach to managing Canada’s border re-opening plan in a responsible and effective manner.

Canadians are urged to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada because foreign travel increases the danger of exposure to COVID-19 and its variations, as well as their dissemination. Border controls are also subject to alteration if the epidemiological situation changes.

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