Both The Bahamas and Morocco have recent announced their plans for reopening for tourism. American citizens are included in the list of those who can visit either.
After a “false start” early this summer, the Bahamas will reopen their beaches and major hotels on October 15th. This is part of the archipelago’s Phase 3 launch.
No country is banned from visiting at this time. However the The Bahamas will employ some regulations to ensure that their citizens remain safe. From their website:
- Travelers must complete an electronic Health Visa
- Travelers must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR test with a negative result. Test must have been taken no more than 5 days before arriving in The Bahamas. They must be uploaded to the Health Visa portal and presented upon arrival.
- All hotel guests must “Vacation-In-Place” (VIP) for 14 days or the length of their stay, whichever is shorter. During their VIP time, guests can enjoy the amenities available on property.
- Everyone must wear a face mask
Attractions, excursions and tours will begin on November 1st.
The Bahamas originally closed in mid-late March. They begun reopening in early July but closed again 3 weeks later due to an uptick in cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. They’ve had a total of 2,600+ cases and 73 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The U.S. State Department lists The Bahamas as Level 4 Travel Advisory, due to the threat of COVID-19 and crime.
The national airline of Morocco, Royal Air Maroc, has announced that the country reopened its doors to foreigners from roughly 70 countries. This became effective September 10th.
Nationals from visa-exempt countries who want to visit Morocco are now able to access flights on Royal Air Maroc. However, they fit under one of two conditions:
- Professionals with an invitation from a Moroccan company (must show proof of the invitation)
- Foreign nationals with a confirmed hotel reservation in Morocco (must show proof of the reservation)
All visitors must have a negative PCR test within 48 hours of arrival within the country. Children under 11 years of age are exempt from the test.
Due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Morocco closed down in March. This included, for a time, a full lockdown of the country. Morocco has had over 70,000 cases of the virus and nearly 1,400 deaths.
According to Bloomberg, the country’s leadership has used the opportunity of the pandemic to reverse its democratic reforms. The country’s “Makhzen,” a centuries-old network of advisers, spies, military men and business interests that orbits the Moroccan monarch, King Mohammed VI, has been tightening its grip on dissidents, leaving the country’s parliament useless.
The U.S. State Department lists Morocco as a Level 3 on its travel advisory, due to the threat of COVID-19 and terrorism.
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