Morocco resumes maritime connections with Spain, France and Italy – Coronavirus


Medium and long-distance maritime connections between the ports of northern Morocco and those of Spain, France and Italy resumed operation this Monday, after more than three months of suspension due to covid-19.

In a statement, the Moroccan Ministry of Transport and Logistics specified that passenger transport ships have returned to connect the ports of Tanger Med, Tanger Ville and Nador to those of Sète (France) and Genoa (Italy).

It is also indicated that the companies that connect the Moroccan ports of Tanger Med and Tanger Ville to those of Algeciras and Tarifa, in Spain, will gradually resume their voyages from Tuesday.

In an initial phase, ships will only be able to board passengers without private vehicles and those traveling by buses, and with preventive measures such as the vaccination certificate against covid-19 or a negative PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before boarding.

From Monday, April 18, shipments will be extended to private vehicles.

Last Friday, the Moroccan government authorized passenger transport companies in its country to resume travel with Spain from the ports of the northern cities of Tangier, Nador and Al Hoceima.

The authorization came after a meeting the previous day in Rabat between the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the Moroccan King Mohammed VI, to normalize bilateral relations through the gradual reopening of land and sea borders, among other measures, in order to end the divergences of 2021.

Morocco closed its maritime borders on November 29 last year as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus and the Ómicron variant, which has been delayed with the implementation of other restrictions.

The closure of sea voyages was a blow for millions of Moroccan emigrants settled in Europe, especially for the approximately 800,000 residing in Spain, who are used to embarking with their vehicles in the different ports in the south of that European country.


Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.

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