Tourists visiting Gibraltar who would like to make a side trip to Morocco can once again catch a direct ferry.
The 18 nautical mile (33-kilometre) ferry service to Tangier was suspended during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has now been resumed – with an official party present for the first trip yesterday (22 April).
In a press release the Gibraltar government said it had been working on the resumption with FRS (ferry company) for a while but had only been able to succeed now that Morocco’s sea borders were re-opened and permission was granted by the Moroccan authorities.
“First and foremost,” said minister for maritime services and tourism Vijay Daryanani, “I am delighted for our Moroccan community as they have suffered the most without the service. I have been in touch with FRS for a while waiting for the opportunity to get this off the ground and I am grateful to them for this. Links with Morocco are extremely important as we look forward to new opportunities after Brexit, especially those linked to tourism and commerce.”
FRS CEO Ronny Moriana said he was also delighted for this service to start up again. “We understand the importance of this service to the Moroccan community and we are happy to provide it.”
No information is currently available on when Royal Air Maroc will also be resuming its flights between Gibraltar and Casablanca and Tangier.