The Government of Canada has decided to extend its suspension of flights from Morocco until at least October 29, 2021, according to an updated Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), which restricts all direct flights by commercial and private passengers to Canada from the country.
During that period, passengers who travel to Canada from Morocco via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada, Transport Canada says.
Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 180 days prior to departure, instead of a negative COVID-19 molecular test.
The proof must be obtained in a third country before the continuation of the journey to Canada. You might need to seek entry and stay in a third country for at least 14 days.
"If you test positive during transit, you may be quarantined or sent back to your point of departure," reads a government advisory.
"Shame on you!"
On Twitter, the announcement drew some criticism, especially from fully vaccinated travellers.
"Shame on you! You open the borders to the whole world, but you extend these discriminatory restrictions and leave thousands of people stranded in Morocco! @JustinTrudeau, it's a scandal and discriminatory to prevent your citizens from returning home," tweeted a Montrealer of Moroccan origin.
For its part, Transport Canada tried to be reassuring:
“We are working with Morocco and other partners to facilitate the safe resumption of direct flights as soon as possible," the government agency Tweeted in response.