Morocco to relax border restrictions for international travelers

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RABAT, MOROCCO - MAY 8: Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita and Aguila Saleh Issa (not seen), President of the Libyan House of Representatives in Tobruk hold a joint press conference after their meeting in Rabat, Morocco on May 8, 2017. (Photo by Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Morocco will relax border restrictions and allow international passengers to enter the country starting from June 15 ahead of the tourism season, the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO: Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita. (Photo by Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Passengers from countries that have the virus and its variants under control will only need to submit a vaccination certificate against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test, the ministry said in a statement.

Nationals from countries experiencing the surging spread of COVID-19 variants or lacking reliable statistics will have to obtain a special permit and a negative test. They will also need to undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival.

Morocco’s COVID-19 tally rose to 521,426 on Sunday as 231 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours.

The country’s coronavirus death toll rose by five to 9,178, while the total number of recoveries increased to 509,083.

Meanwhile, a total of 9,108,843 people have received so far the first vaccine shot against COVID-19 in the country, and 5,898,644 people have received the second dose.

The North African country launched a nationwide vaccination campaign on Jan. 28 after the arrival of the first shipment of China’s Sinopharm vaccines.

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