Russian national carrier Aeroflot and S7 Airlines, based at Domodedovo International Airport (DME), are expected to start offering new routes between Russia and Morocco for the summer of 2021. Currently, Russia is not on the list. Morocco’s list of banned countries, and both airlines hope the situation will stay the same as we head into warmer weather.
S7 Airlines will start to serve Casablanca once a week from Moscow on Friday April 30, then switch to Sunday from May 9. The route, which will initially be S7 Airlines to the North African country, will be operated by Boeing 737-800. airplane.
Royal Air Maroc also serves Moscow
The five hour and ten minute flight S7 3775 will leave Moscow Domodedovo (DME) at 12:10 pm and arrive in Casablanca Mohammed V International (CMN) at 3.20 pm. The return flight, S7 3776, will depart CMN at 4:20 p.m. and arrive in Moscow, DME at 1:10 a.m.
S7 Airlines to join Moroccan national carrier and colleague amember of the Royal Air Maroc global alliance on the Moscow-Casablanca route. Currently, Royal Air Maroc flies to Moscow twice a week from Casablanca and is expected to add an additional weekly flight in June.
Located in the west of Morocco, at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca is the largest city in the country and is home to 3.7 million inhabitants. Casablanca remains the main port of the department and constitutes the economic and commercial heart of the country.
Aeroflot flies to Agadir
Aeroflot intends to fly to Agadir Al-Massira International Airport (AGA) three times a week from Sheremetyevo – AS Pushkin International Airport (SVO) from June. Along with its flights to Agadir, Aeroflot will introduce a weekly service to Casablanca from Moscow, Sheremetyevo.
Unlike Casablanca, Agadir is the first seaside resort in Morocco oriented towards international tourism. Following a devastating earthquake in 1960, the city was completely rebuilt with wide boulevards and a spectacular seaside promenade. With white sandy beaches, clean water and over 300 days of sunshine per year, Agadir will appeal to Russians looking for a summer sun destination.
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PCR tests remain essential for travel
News of flights between Russia and Morocco comes amid the ongoing COVID-19 medical emergency and S7 and Aeroflot are betting Russia will remain off Morocco’s banned list. Morocco has done a good job in rolling out its vaccines and, along with Russia, continues to see a drop in the number of people infected.
Despite the success the two countries are seeing regarding COVID-19, a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test will remain a key feature of future trips between the two countries. Russians traveling to Morocco will need to present a certificate in English, French or Arabic indicating that they have tested negative for the coronavirus no later than 72 hours before arriving in Morocco.
Upon returning to the Russian Federation, citizens must upload proof of a negative PCR test on a government portal. Until they have done so, they must isolate themselves in their place of residence or temporary stay.
Moroccans or any other foreigner arriving in the Russian Federation or passing through Russian airports must provide a negative PCR test certificate obtained no earlier than 72 hours before arrival. The form can be in Russian or English.
The timetable information in this article was originally published by Routesonline
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