Covid-19

Covid-19: What measures have been taken in Morocco ?

Slowing the spread of Covid-19 has impacted many areas and led to new regulations. To allow you to see more clearly, our recruitment, immigration and relocation experts summarize the changes relating to Morocco in this article. 

Update : April, 24 2020

Requests for the renewal of work authorizations can now be filed again

The Ministry of Labor and Professional Integration, through the employment department, has announced the possibility of renewing work permits for foreign employees from 04/21/2020.

As stipulated in the press release from the Ministry of Employment, the employer can send a written request to the Ministry of Labor and Professional Integration (Directorate of Employment). The document needs to be duly signed and stamped by the employer as well as signed by the employee. The document also needs to be accompanied with a copy of the employment contract drawn up between the two contracting parties (signed and stamped).

We will keep you informed regarding the next steps once the lockdown is over. Indeed, the status of the employee involved will have to be subsequently updated by completing the usual “TAECHIR” processes.
We will proceed to this request for our clients within the work authorization procedure if requested, do not hesitate to contact your immigration consultant or to send an email at [email protected]

Suspension of flights: 

Morocco has extended the suspension of flights until May 31. This means that there will be no “normal” commercial air transport until then.

Extension of lockdown in Morocco:

The Council of Government passed on Saturday, April 18, the draft decree No. 2.20.330 extending the duration of the state of health emergency by a month. The lockdown is also extended until May 20.

Accessibility of legalization offices:

During the lockdown, it is still possible to legalize official documents. Most of the legalization offices are open. A permanence is generally provided, in each district, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in order to allow the continuity of the formalities of legalizations and certification of administrative documents.

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Containments & rules

General containment

The state of health emergency was declared since Friday March 20 until April 20, 2020. 

Rules : 

  • A curfew starting at 6 p.m. 
  • A travel permit, stamped by the moqadem (official district delegate) is required.

Foreign nationals

Are they repatriated to their country of origin ?

Voluntary repatriations of foreign nationals (mainly tourists) were organized until Sunday March 22. Since that date, no more international flights have been authorized.

Immigration and administrations

Are administrative services still accessible during the confinement period ?

YES & NO, 

the services are functional but not open to the public. However, no new applications are accepted, and no withdrawals are possible.

Visa and work permit

Do the competent authorities still issue visas and work permits ?

NO

Residence permit

Can residence permits that expire during the confinement period be extended ?

The residence permits of citizens residing in Morocco and expiring during the sanitary lockdown period will be considered legal until the normal resumption of air, sea and land traffic.

Access to social security

As long as the work permit is valid, the employee still has access to social security. Social security coverage is linked to the work permit and not to the residence permit.

Home Office

Can an employee work from home in a country other than the one for which they have a work permit ?

There is no specific rule on this issue, nor specific control.

Relocation and real estate

Are property visits / removal / entry and exit inspection visits still possible, and to what extent ?

YES,
most agencies have closed their physical agencies but are still operational to some extent and can arrange for visits while taking the necessary precautions.

Rental Contracts

Is it possible to cancel or postpone the start date of a lease that has already been signed? Under what conditions ?

YES, 
many landlords are understanding with regard to the health situation. There are no specific rules, but a mutual agreement between the tenant and their landlords may be found.

Delayed departure from accommodation

Is it possible to leave the accommodation after the legal notice period has ended ?

YES, 
once again there are no specific rules, but as long as the tenant continues to pay the rent, and the owner has no other engagement with future tenants, this is easily done.

Services and Cleaning companies

Are cleaning companies still able to provide their services ?

YES

Schools

Are schools and crèches still open ?

NO, 
schools are closed. 
No assistance is given (except for people with nannies living in their home).

Is it possible to enroll children for the September 2020 school year start, during the confinement period ?

YES,
but school visits are not possible at this time.

Travel

Can we move freely inside the country, and cross the borders? Under which conditions ?

YES & NO, 
you need an authorization, stamped by the moqadem to travel in the neighborhood. Beyond travelling in the neighbourhood, an authorization from the employer is required if the trip is related to work, or authorization for emergencies if it is an emergency.

Quarantine

Is quarantine compulsory upon arrival in the territory ?

There has been no quarantine, and currently there is no more arrivals in the territory.

Other public services

Are banks still accessible ?

YES,
from Monday to Friday from 9.15 a.m. to 2.15 p.m

Health system

Does the local health system cover care / hospitalization for foreigners in the event of COVID-19 ?

No specific COVID-19 coverage has been put in place at the moment. 
The costs are covered up to the usual reimbursement of health coverage (and complementary health, if applicable).

Cooptalis experts advise companies and expatriates affected by the covid-19 measures anywhere in the world. 

To find out more, contact [email protected]

Also discover our articles on the measures taken in France, in Belgium, in Luxembourg, in the Netherlands, in Poland, in Tunisia, in Ivory Coast, in Vietnam and in Canada

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