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.
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.
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
Experience of traveling to Morocco during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Traveling experience has changed. since the Covid-19 pandemic. There are more travel requirements and restrictions. Morocco has opened its borders with several travel conditions. Foreigners can enter Morocco with a PCR test, vaccination card, and hotel reservation (updated as of August 2021).
To know updated travel conditions for Morocco:
Consult the Moroccon embassy or consulate in your country
Know your airline requirements for traveling
Royal Air Maroc, Morocco’s flagship carrier posts travel requirements to and from the country
Requirements for Foreigners Travelling to Morocco with no Residency
72 hours PCR test from the time of the release of results to the time of boarding the plane
Only countries that are visa-exempt can travel to 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 the apartment was submitted to the Moroccan consulate, with copies of passports 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 have a more secure schedule than other flights and airlines that are the first to cancel if there is a sudden change. I am not sure if the 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 the country of origin before boarding plane, the PCR and serology tests 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 the 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 checkpoint (i guess because we arrived after curfew, not sure if it is for all)