By Amit Acco, Partner |
Earlier today, Israel and Marocco have signed a direct flight agreement between the two countries. This is the third similar agreement recently signed with Israel by Arab countries after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Both Israel and Morocco is mostly close their borders since March 2021 due to the COVID-19. It is expected that the agreement will lead the path towards signing a visa agreement between the countries, allowing Moroccans to obtain visas to visit Israel and vise versa. So far Israel and Morocco signed a bilateral agreement on visa exemption for official passport holders only.
It is expected that many Israeli tourists, will utilize the agreement and travel to Marocco when the Covid-19 pandemic eases, as Morocco is home to North Africa’s biggest Jewish community and the ancestral homeland of some 700,000 Israelis.
Morocco’s tourism minister, Nadia Fettah Alaoui said that Direct flights will begin operating between Israel and Morocco within two or three months:
“The signing of agreements, which took place on Tuesday, between the Kingdom of Morocco and the State of Israel is part of a will to re-establish regular air routes between the two countries in 2 to 3 months…We welcome all Israeli tourists who want to come to Morocco”