Casablanca Morocco Sandstorm

First Sandstorm experience in Casablanca Morocco felt like being in an end of the world movie. Currently having a global pandemic and the skies suddenly turned heavy dark orange.

Casablanca Morocco sky turned orange due to sandstorm. October 2020.

Sands from Sahara desert has reached as far as Casablanca and even further north of Morocco.

October 20, 2020 . Around 3:00 PM in the afternoon at Casablanca I noticed the sky has turned dark with a very orange hue. Thinking that it is only rain clouds coming. However, the temperature was unusually warm even with strong winds. Normally in Casablanca when the sky is gray with strong wind the temperature drops, but not this time. The previous day was colder but today was notably warmer. Towards 4:00 PM the sky looked heavier and more orange, winds started to be stronger and noticed sand-like dusts blowing by the street. The mouth starts to feel dry, throat chalky and eyes itchy. So, this is what a sandstorm feels like. Closed all the windows and doors and looked down at the floor seeing covered in dust.

Dusts from Casablanca Morocco sandstorm
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October 21, 2020. The next day all surface in the apartment feels dusty, my skin feels dusty, my throat feels dusty. My infant’s nose is full of black dirt. My nose is filled with the dame black dirt. I feel the same in my throat – dry and dusty.

The winds in the Sahara desert is blowing strong and the sandstorm has reached as far as Casablanca located at the west coast of the Morocco. Most of Morocco has experienced the sandstorm including Marrakech, Essaouira, Rabat, Ouarzazarte and other cities are all covered in sand from the Sahara desert.

This sandstorm is happening while being locked down in the city with a curfew during a world pandemic. WTF 2020

PHILIPPINES TRAVEL REQUIREMENT COVID-19 2020

Currently Philippine borders are still closed due to Covid-19 health safety. Philippines is not open for tourism. Foreigners with Filipino family ties, residency and special conditions can travel to the Philippines.

Who can travel to Philippines

Filipino nationals

  • Philippine Passport
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Pre-booked quarantine hotel accredited by Tourism and Health Agencies
  • RT-PCR Test (Swab Test) upon arrival in the Philippines (at traveler’s expense)

Non-Filipino/Foreign spouse3 and minor children3 or children with special needs3 of a Filipino national

  • Passport with Philippine entry visa or long-term visa1
  • For spouses: authentic marriage certificate and any other document as proof of nationality of Filipino spouse
  • For minor children (17 years old and below) and children with special needs (regardless of age): birth certificate and any other document as proof of nationality of Filipino parent
  • If unable to present a marriage certificate or proof filiation to the Filipino national, a letter from the PH Department of Foreign Affairs exempting passenger from the travel restrictions
  • May or may not travel with Filipino spouse/parent. If not traveling with Filipino spouse/parent, the Filipino spouse/parent should be alive and must be in the Philippines during the intended date of travel.
  • Must meet the four (4) conditions of the IATF-EID2

Non-Filipino/Foreign parent3 of a minor Filipino child (17 years old and below) or a child with special needs (regardless of age)

  • Passport with Philippine entry visa or long-term visa1
  • Proof of filiation to the minor Filipino child or child with special needs, or a letter from the PH Department of Foreign Affairs exempting passenger from the travel restrictions
  • Proof of citizenship of the minor Filipino child or child with special needs
  • May or may not travel with minor Filipino child or child with special needs. If not traveling with the minor Filipino child or child with special needs, the minor Filipino child or child with special needs should be alive and must be in the Philippines during the intended date of travel.
  • Must meet the four (4) conditions of the IATF-EID2
  • Accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents
  • Please check with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs or contact the Philippine Bureau of Immigration below.

Non-Filipino/Foreign seafarers with 9(c) visa

  • Passport /Seaman’s Book
  • Must meet the four (4) conditions of the IATF-EID2
  • Non-Filipino/Foreign nationals with an eligible long-term visa3

Eligible Visas:

  • Section 13 series visa (Sec. 13; Sec. 13(a); Sec. 13(b); Sec. 13(c); Sec. 13(d); Sec. 13(e); Sec. 13(g)) Immigrant visa
  • RA 7919 visa Renewal of their Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-Card under Republic Act 7919
  • EO 324 visa Foreign nationals who have acquired permanent residency under Executive Order No. 324
  • Native Born visa
  • Temporary Resident Visa relative to Section 13 of CA 613, as amended (based on Memorandum Order (MO) No. ADD-01-038/ ADD 02-015)
  • MCL-07-021 Permanent Resident Visa based on Section 13(a) of CA 613 under MO No. MCL-07-021 Permanent Resident Visa for Chinese nationals married to a Filipino citizen
  • 9E Accredited Official of Foreign Government
  • TRV Temporary Residence Visa
  • Must meet the four (4) conditions of the IATF-EID

Covid-19 Test Required for Travel to Philippines

PCR test is done upon arrival at Philippines. Check with your airline for any requirement before boarding airplane.

Travel Requirements for Philippines

For Non-Filipino (Overseas Worker) arriving at Manila Airport

BEFORE YOU FLY AND DURING CHECK-IN

  • Please note that this is a two-step registration process. Your registration is completed once you receive an e-mail containing a QR Code.
  • Ensure to have a confirmed booking at a hotel accredited by Tourism and Health Agencies while waiting for your COVID-19 test results and for at least 2 days. You must stay at your booked hotel until the test result is sent and BOQ medical certificate is issued. Please book a hotel in a city within Metro Manila only.

Please click here for the FULL list of DOH-Inspected in Manila.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

  • Upon arrival, listen to the briefing conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard.
  • Undergo a temperature check upon deplaning and proceed to the designated waiting area. Fill out the Affidavit of Undertaking.
  • Proceed to the verification and barcoding booth. Present your passport and the QR code sent to you after accomplishing the e-CIF.
  • Pay for your RT-PCR Test. The test costs Php 4,500 and you may pay in cash (PHP or USD), card, GCash, PayPal™, WeChat Pay, or Alipay. ATMs are available inside the terminal. You will be given three (3) barcode stickers.
  • Proceed to the Swab Test booth and hand out the three barcode stickers.
  • Undergo the COVID-19 RT-PCR Test and receive a sticker indicating that you have completed the test. Place the sticker on the back of your passport.
  • Help Desks are available at the waiting area for passengers who do not have smart devices/phones. Charging stations are also available.
  • Clear with immigration. Present the QR code sent to your e-mail after accomplishing the Electronic Health Locator Form and Arrival Card.
  • Proceed to the hotel verification desk. Please refer to the hotel code indicated in the e-mail that was sent to you after registration to the PAL e-CIF. If your hotel code starts with H-001 and up, please proceed to the desk near carousel number seven (7). If your hotel code starts with D-001 and up or B-001 and up, please proceed to the desk near carousel number six (6).
  • For pre-arranged hotel transfers, a red sticker will be provided
  • For Shuttles/Vans, a blue sticker will be provided
  • For Metered Taxis, a yellow sticker will be provided
  • For Coupon Taxis, a green sticker will be provided
  • Claim your baggage at the designated carousel and clear with Customs Check.
  • Submit the Affidavit of Undertaking before exiting the terminal. Proceed to your booked hotel through your preferred mode of transportation.

AT THE QUARANTINE HOTEL

  • Check in at your hotel and wait for the release of your test results, which are released in 24-48 hours. For those who tested negative, it will be sent to the e-mail address you have provided when you registered. If you filled out a Philippine mobile number during registration, you will also receive a text message (SMS) indicating that your test result is ready and has been sent to the e-mail address you have provided when you registered. The timings on release of test results are not definite and may be shortened or extended.
  • In case you have onward connecting flights and are required to extend your stay, please call +632 8855-8888 as soon as possible for the rebooking of your connecting flights (subject to terms and conditions).
  • Your accommodation and food during your stay including fees due to required extensions will be at your own expense. Delivery of food and other essentials to your room are subject to the rules and regulations of the hotel.

GOING HOME

  • If you test positive, the BOQ shall transfer you to a designated hospital for further medical management. If you test negative, you may obtain your BOQ medical certificate via the DOH-BOQ certificate page for clearance at your quarantine hotel. For a hard copy of your certificate, printing services will be available at your hotel.
  • Once you are cleared, you may contact your relatives to pick you up and bring you home. Further transportation shall be at your own expense. If you have an onward flight, please ensure to pre-register and secure all travel and health documents required by your destination’s Local Government Unit (LGU). Click here for more information.
  • Once at home, please complete your 14-day quarantine/self-isolation.

Source

https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/ph/home/covid-19/arrivingintheph

https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/~/media/files/coronavirus/manilahotel/2_mnl%20hotel%20list_18sep20.pdf?la=en

http://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/facilities-inspected-as-of-august-24-2020/

https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/ph/home/covid-19/travelingwithintheph

https://www.immigration.gov.ph/#press-release

https://www.immigration.gov.ph/

https://immigration.gov.ph/102-feb-2015-press-releases/753-bi-issues-new-guidelines-on-ra-7919-visa-restamping

MOROCCO TRAVEL EXPERIENCE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Experience of travelling to Morocco during Covid-19 Pandemic.

September 6, 2020 Morocco opened borders for tourism.

Requirements for Foreigners Travelling to Morocco with no Residency

  • Hotel reservation
  • 72 hours PCR test from the time of release of results to the time of boarding the plane
  • Only countries who are visa exempt can travel to Morocco

https://www.consulat.ma/en/list-countries-whose-citizens-are-exempted-entry-visa-morocco

We were given a permit to travel to Morocco by the Moroccan Consulate in France before the country announced that they are opening for tourism. Lease contract of apartment was submitted to the Moroccan consulate, with copies of passport of people traveling. We were given a stamped paper by the Moroccan consulate to travel on the special flights by Royal Air Maroc. Special flights of Royal Air Maroc has more secure schedule than other flights and airlines as they are the first to cancel if there is sudden change. I am not sure if  lease contract is still accepted after the opening of borders for tourism. 

Morocco COVID-19 Test results

As of writing this, PCR test of 72 hours result is required to travel to Morocco. The serology test is not required anymore.

Country of Origin

  • Check-in from country or origin before boarding plane, the PCR and serology test were checked.
  • Immigration PCR and serology test is checked again.

Arrival at Morocco (Casablanca)

  • Upon arriving at Casablanca airport after embarkment, before going to immigration there is a desk that checks the PCR and serology tests
  • Immigration checks the COVID-19 test results and proof of residency
  • After immigration the same documents are checked

Extra Covid-19 procedures during travel to Morocco

  • Wearing of facemask
  • Social distancing in the airport is not strictly followed, unfortunately.
  • After immigration counter at Morocco we had to line-up at the immigration office and someone would check again the proof of residency / booking with passport.
  • Then going down we filled out 2 forms for the police check point (i guess because we arrived after curfew, not sure if its for all)