Morocco relaxes entry regulations for Mali, Congo, E/Guinea

A view from downtown Casablanca, Morocco. Photo : RR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Passport holders from Mali, Congo and Equatorial Guinea can now benefit from easy entry facilities into the Kingdom of Morocco, sources said.

The facilitation entails a new regulation that Morocco has introduced requiring passport holders from the three countries to obtain an online electronic travel authorization (AVEM) by logging to www.acces-maroc.ma.

This must be requested no later than four days before departure, official sources said Wednesday.

Moroccan authorities however did not say when the arrangement will be effective, but explained that the procedure was in the experimental phase and could be extended to other countries as time goes on.

“The aim is to make “smoother” entries into the Kingdom of Morocco”, sources told reporters.

The phenomenon of a visa waiver or simplified entry conditions among African countries is becoming widespread.

Last week Ethiopia announced that it will begin issuing entry visa upon arrival at the airport to all holders of African passport as of 9 November 2018.

The move follows Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s promise earlier this year that his government will emulate the example of Rwanda for a visa-free government for all Africans.

Morocco and Senegal have long been entertaining a free entry visa agreement for their nationals dating back to over a decade.

This has and continues to facilitate increase social and trade links between the two countries.

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III– African Daily Voice (ADV)