Morocco authorizes repatriation flights to the Netherlands

The Moroccan government authorizes the operation of multiple flights to repatriate stranded Dutch people. That‘s what the State Department reports.

Since last night, there is a ban on flights between Morocco and the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom. The Moroccan government made that decision because of the corona situation in the three countries. This causes an unknown number of Dutch people to be trapped in Morocco.

Short Term

The Dutch ambassador to Morocco today spoke with the Moroccan Foreign Ministry about the stranded Dutch people. โ€œIn the conversation, Morocco has declared its willingness to allow a number of commercial flights to bring Dutch people home in the short term,โ€ writes The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.

It is not yet clear how many flights are going and when they can leave.

Clarity tomorrow

Transavia expects more clarity about the repatriation flights tomorrow. โ€œWe had already applied for these flights yesterday, so we had already prepared. We didn’t expect permission to come by now and we are delighted with that,โ€ says a spokesman.

The airline estimates that approximately 3500 Transavia passengers are stranded in Morocco. โ€œBut that number cannot be given exactly, because we hear that some travelers are already leaving Morocco in a different way.โ€ As the flight ban only applies to and from the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, travellers can still fly back via Belgium or France, for example.

Yesterday, flights departed from Schiphol to Morocco. Passengers feared back then that the return trip would be difficult: