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Spanish Ports Expect 1 Million Passengers From Morocco in September

One million travelers from Morocco are expected in Spain before September 15 as part of the “Operation Crossing the Strait.”

Rabat – With the end of summer vacation around the corner, one million passengers are expected to leave Morocco for Spain before September 15.

Spanish news outlet Diario de Sevilla reported on August 20 that Spanish ports, will see the vast majority of travelers crossing into Spain. Spanish police have reinforced checkpoints in Algeciras and Tarifa in preparation for the inflix.

Lucrecio Fernandez, Government delegate in Andalusia   isited the Algeciras port, its the civil protection service center , and health services. A delegation from Morocco’s Mohammed V Foundation for solidarity is ready at the port to help passengers. 

Fernandez called the port’s preparation to receive travelers “a well oiled machine.”

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As of Monday, August 20, 589,262 people in 133,228 vehicles have already returned to Europe via Spain, Fernandez said. She explained that 70% have arrived in Algeciras from Ceuta and Tanger-Med or in Tarifa from Tanger-Ville.

Diario de Sevilla said that the number of passenger arrivals this year is higher than the same period in 2018, representing an increase of 8.2 % of passengers and 9.8 % of vehicles.

The news outlet added that with the end of theEid Al Adha holiday,  Spanish ports are expected to see the peak of passenger arrivals from August 20 to September 2.