The situation and the policies outlined here are subject to change, so please return to this page for updates as we approach the start of the semester. Students will be given detailed information and instructions in their correspondence with Middlebury prior to departure and upon arrival in Morocco.
Current Situation in Morocco
- CDC Level: 4
- Department of State Advisory Level: 4
- Entry Restrictions: A negative Covid test is required within 72 hours of arrival.
The Moroccan government’s COVID-19 Dashboard can be found here (in French and Arabic).
- Students must fill out the form here (http://www.onda.ma/form.php) and bring it with them to present upon arrival in Morocco.
- Fully vaccinated travelers from the US and Canada are no longer required to have a PCR test before traveling to Morocco. You will however need to register your travel on the government website linked above. You should also be prepared to provide proof of your vaccination in Morocco. (The requirement for a PCR test may be reinstated, so we recommend that you check the Moroccan tourism website during the week of your travel.)
- Due to COVID-19, host families are going to be more cautious and measures of cleanliness and hygiene are going to be a priority.
- Host families will be responsible for cleaning students’ rooms while the students are out. Once students arrive home, they have to clean (again) their room and surfaces.
- The host university has put together a protocol for shared spaces, including requiring physical distancing of 1.5 to 2 meters between individuals, sanitizers at each entry, and temperature checks at the main gates of the University.
- All facilities are open except for the canteen.
Middlebury Center Space (within the university facilities)
- The program center will be reconfigured to comply with health and safety protocols.
- Spaces will be cleaned each day.
- As of August 3, indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 25 people.
- Public transport services may accommodate up to 50% of capacity (scaled back from 75% that was permitted in June).
- Theaters, cinemas, cultural centers, libraries, museums, and monuments are open at 50 percent capacity.
- Public beaches are open.
- The Moroccan government has implemented a ban on travel to and from Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Agadir. (This does not impact travel to and from the airport in Casablanca.)
- The government sets guidelines and determines whether a city is safe or not. Staff will be checking the news daily. When a city is deemed unsafe, the government closes access to it, and no one can leave or travel to it unless they have permission from local authorities.
- If a student has already planned to travel and the government decides to shut a city down, the student will be responsible for requesting refunds.
- Anyone violating the authorities’ warnings will be subject to fines.
- Out-of-country travel is allowed during the semester, though students must assume all associated risks, including that of not being able to rejoin the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is a public office in charge of contact tracing; they keep in touch with people who have been infected and people who have come in contact with an infected person. There is also an app called “Wiqaytna” that the government developed to help tracing contacts. (All students will be required to download this app.)
Students can continue their courses online if they are in quarantine. If exams or quizzes take place during quarantine, students can either take computer-based exams or the exams can be postponed after the quarantine period.
Courses can transition to remote instruction if the program is suspended during the semester. Students would return to their remote coursework after a period to allow for travel and rest.
Physical distancing will be in force during all program activities. The program will exercise precautions on excursions and any volunteer activity. If there is an activity that will bring in outside participants, we will divide the attendees into smaller groups to allow for distancing.
Remote internships may be arranged.
We do not anticipate significant Covid-related expenses.
If multiple (or all) program students are required to be quarantined as a result of their contact with a COVID-19-positive individual, they may self-isolate with their homestay family. In this case, the family is still responsible for accommodations.
If the student chooses to spend the quarantine period in a separate place/apartment, the money meant to go to the host family will cover the rent of the apartment and the accommodations as well. The School in Morocco staff will be responsible for the arrangement of these measures.
Q What will students do if they are experiencing symptoms or otherwise believe they may have contracted COVID-19?
If a student is not feeling well, and has a fever, coughing, stomach ache, loss of taste or smell, then they should isolate in a private room, keep the space ventilated, and call a doctor who will prescribe treatment depending on the above symptoms and diseases if the student has any.
If a student must be hospitalized, the staff at the hospital will take care of them and since English is not widely used in Morocco, communication with the program staff will be maintained via phone.
No. As is the case in the US, not all individuals are required to be vaccinated. The host country might not be as far along in the vaccination rollout process, so it is possible that host families, faculty, etc. will not yet have had access to a vaccine.