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Nomadic Tours - Covid-19 Compliance Policy – Date 21/07/2022
What is the situation in Morocco?
Morocco re-opened it's borders for International flights on the 7th February 2022.
We are pleased to announce and inform you that Morocco is dealing with and controlling the pandemic created by COVID-19.
The Government are working very hard to ensure they can still offer a safe destination going forward. The vaccination program in Morocco has been going well.
To enter Morocco, you will be required to present a valid vaccine pass if fully vaccinated with 3 doses (or have had the 2nd dose within the previous 4 months) OR a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of boarding. You will also need to fill out a passenger health form before arrival.
Rapid antigen tests will be conducted upon arrival for randomly selected passengers and additional PCR tests after 48 hours of arrival may be required for randomly selected passengers.
There are no entry requirements for children under 12 years old. 12 to 18 years olds are exempt from the need for a third vaccine, but must provide proof of two doses of the vaccine or a negative PCR test result. A single Johnson and Johnson vaccine counts as two doses.
Our tour guides and the Moroccan people can’t wait to welcome you to their beautiful country.
Please also check with your own countries travel restrictions.
Our Covid-19 refund and wellbeing Promise:
We want you to feel reassured that when you book with Nomadic Tours, that your money is safe with us and we are looking after your wellbeing whilst on tour.
Please see our FAQ’s below to put your mind at ease.
Have you made any Covid-19 amendments to your booking terms and conditions?
To give you the confidence to book with Nomadic we have made the following booking condition amendments. Tour balances are now due only 28 days before your tour departure date. This will give you plenty of time to be assured that your tour is going ahead and that you are also able to travel to Morocco. In the event you are unable to travel due to Covid-19, (evidence of a positive test or quarantine required) our Covid-19 cancellation conditions apply. In the event you change your mind or can’t travel for any other reasons, then our standard booking conditions apply.
(Please see our cancellation policy below…..)
What happens if I or Nomadic Tours cancel my tour?
1. If Nomadic Tours cancel your tour:
In the event that Nomadic Tours have to cancel your tour before departure, or a travel ban has come in to place in Morocco, you will receive a FULL REFUND of your deposit and NO balance payment will be due, or you can keep your credit on file for another departure within 18 months.
2. If a client cancels the tour:
FREE of charge postponement of your tour to be re-booked for travel within 18 months of the original departure date, or FULL cancellation at NO charge will be offered up to the departure date of your tour, if a travel ban or lockdown has come into place in the country you are departing from.
For Covid-19 sickness Cancellations (evidence must be provided):
You can transfer your trip to someone else with 7 days written notice, £50 admin fee applies.
Covid-19 Cancellation Conditions (Covid related cancellation):
Period when notice of cancellation for Covid-19 related issues apply:
More than 28 days - Loss of deposit only
Between 15 to 28 days - 75% of total price paid
Between 0 to 14 days - Credit voucher for 18 months or claim on travel insurance policy
Standard Cancellation Conditions during the pandemic (non-covid cancellation):
Period when notice of cancellation for non-covid related issues apply:
More than 28 days - Loss of deposit only
Between 15 and 28 days - 75% of total price paid
Between 0 and 14 days - 100% of total price paid
What has Nomadic Tours Refund policy been during the COVID-19 pandemic?
All Nomadic clients that have requested a refund since the Covid-19 pandemic, have received a FULL cash refund. Clients that were able and wanted to postpone their tour were able to do so FREE of charge. It is as simple as that!
What happens if there is another outbreak in Morocco and I need to leave the country?
Through our contacts on the ground, our guides and the 24/7 involvement of our Managing Director we managed to repatriate all of our clients within 5 days of border closures during the outbreak in March. Should this happen again, we will repeat this effort.
How safe will my tour be in Morocco?
We will keep group sizes small in order to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 13 guests in each group. Additionally, group members will be asked to do a temperature check on arrival or within the first 12 hours of the start of the tour. For now, your Nomadic Guide won’t shake hands on arrival or hug on departure You will be asked by your Nomadic Guide to report any COVID symptoms immediately, so that appropriate action can be taken to safeguard the group. Your Nomadic Guide will carry some extra personal protection equipment, for example face masks, disposable gloves, hand sanitiser, thermometer; surface cleaning materials, etc In the unlikely event that your group needs to self-isolate, your local team will offer support throughout. We will help arrange accommodation and food and help to organise medical care and liaise with your insurance provider. In the unlikely event that a guide contracts COVID, they will be replaced immediately. You will be required to wear a face covering in all public places whilst on tour. Members who are travelling in bubbles with their spouse, family or friends are of course able to share room/s together. For those of you that prefer not to share a room with someone of the same gender, then Single room supplements will be available. The minister of Tourism in Morocco have provided detailed guidelines for all areas in travel & tourism. We will give you a brief summary on each section below, but for the full detailed information please contact us directly.
Moroccan airport guidelines
On arrival at any Moroccan airport, the Moroccan minister of Tourism have created a full set of guidelines. Temperature control and health declaration on arrival As required by Morocco Health Authorities, all passengers must be subject to temperature control / check when they arrive at the airport. Passengers whose temperature is elevated will be directed to a medical centre for further examination. All passengers are required to complete the health declaration form required by the Health Authorities. All passengers must wear a face mask and respect the correct 1.5m social distance in all areas of airports. For more details and guidelines for all areas in the airport including Baggage reclaim, Customs, restaurants, etc please follow the link below (Please contact us if you want to see the full guidelines).
How will I get from the airport to the hotel?
You will be collected from the airport and taken to the joining hotel in our own mini vans. Should you need to take a taxi from the airport, please follow the instructions sign posted at the airport and read the details of the guidelines re taxis
Morocco Hotel guidelines
Delay check in and checkout hours from one client to another to avoid the risk of traffic . Install distributors of hand sanitizer in common areas. Ensure compliance with social distancing measures (1.5 m or 1m if in restaurant, transport) Make it mandatory for staff to wear masks in common areas welcoming customers. (Please contact us if you want to see the full guidelines).
Morocco Restaurant guidelines
At the entrance of each tourist restaurant and at convenient places of high traffic areas (kitchen entrance, delivery area, etc.) place a disinfectant and non-slip mat Reduce the capacity of the restaurant room and separate the tables by a minimum distance of 1 meter (including for terraces). Ensure that air conditioning systems are run over to renew the air more regularly and to promote the natural ventilation of the premises when possible. Ensure respect for social distancing and control the flow of customers (Please contact us if you want to see the full guidelines).
Morocco Tour Guides guidelines
Protective measures against COVD-19 must be implemented: before, during and after the guides service (visit to tourist monuments, museums, natural sites, excursion, etc.). Carry a PPE / hygiene kit (masks, gloves, disinfectants, etc.) All our tour guides will have emergency and contact numbers for you to get the best treatment (Please contact us if you want to see the full guidelines).
Morocco Transport guidelines
Here are the essential guidelines from the Moroccan Minister of Tourism for transportation; Install a physical barrier / screen between the driver and the client(s) If the installation of a physical barrier is not possible for security reasons, the driver must wear a protective mask. Promote the greatest possible distance; Limit the number of customers per vehicle in order to respect as far as possible the distance of 1 meter between customers Disinfect the surfaces frequently touched by customers (eg: interior handles, exterior handles, interior of the door, seat belts, etc.), with the usual disinfection products between each client use. Gloves may be appropriate for disinfection to protect hands from products that may be irritating. Ventilate the passenger compartment as often as possible, if the temperature allows it, and do not put the ventilation in air recirculation mode. (Please contact us if you want to see the full guidelines).
What are the current international airport and flight guidelines?
For travel to and from any airports in the UK please follow the Government guidance on public transport and aviation Safe travel guidance – UK Gov https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#public-transport Safe air travel guidance – UK Gov https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-air-travel-guidance-for-passengers Aviation passenger Guidance – UK Gov https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/891521/Aviation_Guidance_Poster.pdf (Should you be travelling from a departure airport outside of the UK, please refer to your local government advice on travelling)
Do I need Travel Insurance to join one of our tours?
Travel insurance has always been mandatory to join any of our tours. It is essential you have the correct travel insurance. For your travel insurance to be valid, the FCO must have removed their advice against 'all but essential travel'; we expect this to happen as part of the air bridges. You should check that your policy covers you for medical expenses, subsistence, and repatriation if you or a member of your party contact COVID-19 during your holiday. If you took out a single trip policy or renewed an annual policy before the outbreak began in February, you should be covered but you will need to contact your insurer to check you are covered . Some insurance policies are allowing customers extensions on their policies to cover specifically for COVID-19. Some Travel Insurance that cover COVID-19 have exclusions from cover, please read the small print carefully. After much research we have found that Campbell Irvine seems to offer the most inclusive and comprehensive cover. Please compare various providers to make sure the cover is right for you. Campbell Irvine Travel Insurance, All Clear, AXA, Battleface, Cover for You, PJ Hayman, Holidaysafe, Staysure.
What happens if someone on my trip exhibits symptoms of Covid-19?
Quickly acting to place distance between the unwell traveller and others. Depending on location this may be through physical distance or the use of Personal Protective Equipment such as a face covering and disposable gloves. Seeking medical advice and facilitating testing. Liaising with local authorities and government and follow their directives on any quarantine measures. All our tour guides will have emergency and contact numbers for you to get the best treatment (Steps above include, but are not limited to).
What happens in the event of a “Local” lockdown in the UK preventing our group, or any member of our group from travelling. Will I be entitled to a refund?
In the event of a local lock down you would not be entitled to a refund from Nomadic Tours, but if you are prevented from travelling, you should be able to claim from your travel insurance provided you took out the policy before the lockdown was imposed. In the event of a local lock down you should first check with your local authority to ascertain if the local ban prevents you from travelling abroad as some local lock downs only apply to services provided in the area affected. If you are not allowed to travel provided you took out your insurance before any local lockdown preventing you from travelling your policy should cover you for this eventuality. You should ensure that your insurance policy has the option of Travel Disruption Extension Under these circumstances if the UK Government or local authorities have not issued any advice before you bought the policy you will be covered if a local lockdown preventing you from travel is brought in. Equally when you bought your policy which includes Travel Disruption Extension this should cover you if there was not a publicly known outbreak or quarantine in the resort you are travelling to.
Please note we reduced our balance due date from 56 to 28 days before departure. Our deposit amount is only £100, so hopefully this along with our REFUND PROMISE will give you confidence to book when you are ready.
Other useful links:
Morocco Passenger Health Form for entry in to Morocco: https://www.onda.ma/form.php
PCR test discounts in the UK: RANDOX https://www.randoxhealth.com/
ENTER CODE: AITO43 TO GET YOUR PCR TEST FOR £21.50
For PCR tests in Morocco our guides will be able to assist you.
Travel Insurance Options - Covid-19
Battleface - https://www.battleface.com/en-gb/covid-19/ Campbell Irvine - https://www.campbellirvinedirect.com/CIDirect/ Cover For You - https://www.coverforyou.com/coronavirus_cover.php PJ Hayman - https://www.pjhayman.com/travel-insurance/ HolidaySafe - https://www.holidaysafe.co.uk/coronavirus-travel-insurance/ StaySure - https://www.staysure.co.uk/single-trip-travel-insurance/?gclid=CjwKCAjwpMOIBhBAEiwAy5M6YLzHIJHMsw-rd2Nv60lDQzvUf6Vrt2Rd-lsyRNNfxipZlKO2lTrPexoCvzkQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds