Canada extends direct passenger flight ban from Morocco

Canada extends direct passenger flight ban from Morocco
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Canada has extended a ban on passenger flights from Morocco.

Transport Canada has temporarily banned all direct flights from the Kingdom of Morocco since Aug. 29 over concerns about rising positive COVID-19 tests detected in travellers arriving from the country.

The ban, which will now expire on Oct. 29, applies to all direct commercial and private passenger flights arriving from Morocco. Cargo-only operations, medical transfers or military flights are exempt from the ban.

Passengers who depart Morocco and arrive in Canada by an indirect route will continue to be required to obtain a valid COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country – other than Morocco – before continuing their journey to Canada.

Prior to the ban, Royal Air Maroc and Air Canada operated scheduled non-stop flights between Montreal and Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco. Eleven flights from Casablanca were added to Canada’s COVID-19 exposure list between Aug. 20 and Aug. 29.

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