LIVE UPDATES: Morocco to start reopening borders

Find out which countries are on partial or national lockdown, what travel restrictions are in place and what size gatherings are allowed.

Lockdown status map

The map above shows which countries are on national lockdown (red), partial lockdown (amber) or are open with no lockdown (green). We will continue to update this map as we get more information.

Live global updates

Morocco will start gradually reopening its air and sea borders next week. However, only Moroccan citizens and expatriates living in Morocco will be allowed to travel in the first stage of the reopening starting on 14 July, reports ABC News.

National airlines will schedule flights to return Moroccans living abroad as well as foreigners living in Morocco. 

International flights have resumed today from London City Airport, as the government’s ‘travel corridors’ policy comes into effect.

The airport reports a "strong demand" for flights after a recent survey found that 79% of its regular customers were likely to travel when they are told it is safe to do so by the government and airports or airlines. 

Travel insurers are beginning to offer coronavirus cover, according to the Financial Times.  

Saga and the Post Office are among those insurers that have started to sell policies including some form of cover for coronavirus.

“At the moment we are seeing an increasing amount of cover coming in for Covid,” said Helen Chambers, head of travel insurance at Moneysupermarket, the price comparison site.

Travel restrictions

This table contains information on which countries have inbound travel restrictions in place and what size gatherings are currently allowed there. C&IT is receiving new information from countries around the world all the time and we will update the table regularly.

What counts as a mass gathering?

The World Health Organisation's (WHO) definition of what counts as a mass gathering is as follows:

"High profile international sporting events such as the Olympics or World Cups as well as international religious events such as the Hajj count as mass gatherings.

"However, lower profile conferences and events can also meet WHO’s definition of a mass gathering. An event counts as a 'mass gathering' if the number of people it brings together is so large that it has the potential to strain the planning and response resources of the health system in the community where it takes place.

"You need to consider the location and duration of the event as well as the number of participants. For example, if the event takes place over several days in a small island state where the capacity of the health system is quite limited then even an event with just a few thousand participants could place a big strain on the health system and then be considered a “mass gathering” event.

"Conversely, if the event is held in a big city in a country with a large, well-resourced health system and lasts just a few hours, the event may not constitute a “mass gathering” event."

On the 29 May, WHO updated its guidelines on mass gatherings, including the following:

"Mass gatherings are events characterised by the concentration of people at a specific location for a specific purpose over a set period of time that have the potential to strain the planning and response resources of the host country or community.

"Mass gatherings can include a single event or a combination of several events at different venues, such as the Olympics.

"There are a diverse range of mass gatherings such as sports, music/entertainment, religious events, large conferences and exhibitions, and others. In the context of COVID-19, mass gatherings are events that could amplify the transmission of the virus and potentially disrupt the host country’s response capacity.

"COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets and contact with contaminated surfaces, and the risk of transmission appears to be proportional to the closeness (less than one metre) and frequency of the interaction between an infected individual and an individual who is not infected.

"Mass gatherings can be planned or spontaneous, but in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, relevant authorities should ensure that spontaneous events are kept to a minimum. These events likely do not have adequate planning to implement prevention and control measures to reduce the risk of transmission or the potential strain on health services."

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