In a decision published in the Official Journal of the European Union today, the EU Commission has announced that it recognises the vaccination certificate issued in Morocco, allowing holders of the Moroccan vaccination certificate to travel without restriction to the EU 27 Schengen countries. The decision applies to Moroccans, European citizens vaccinated in Morocco, and nationals of different countries vaccinated in Morocco and legally resident in Europe.
This is good news for those looking to simplify travel restrictions between Morocco and Europe, and to work towards safer travel in the post-COVID economy.
It is also a testament to the hard work of the Moroccan authorities to tackle COVID with an effective vaccination campaign, which is now clearly delivering successful results.
By this decision the European Commission has established the equivalence of the Covid-19 vaccination certificates issued by Morocco with those of the European Union (EU).
The Kingdom of Morocco is so far the first African and Arab country to have such a status within the European Union. This is recognition of the Moroccan vaccine certificate, as well as its QR Code.
The Brussels decision comes following technical tests carried out by the European Commission, from which it appears that the Covid-19 vaccination and test certificates are issued by Morocco in accordance with the SGC’Cov system, which is interoperable with the trust framework established by Regulation (EU) 2021/953 and which allows their authenticity, validity and integrity to be verified.
According to the same decision, Morocco informed the European Commission that it accepts certificates of vaccination, testing and recovery issued by EU member states and countries of the European Economic Area (EEA).