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Morocco launched, on July 10, the electronic visa procedure, a procedure that befits the aspirations of a tourist country. Three days later, “Lupinion” headed to the headquarters of the Directorate of Consular and Social Affairs in Rabat, which houses the “electronic visa” platform that is now operating. Located in a narrow room, the platform consisted of four rooms including a large room housing a cell of consular officers, assisted by a team of administrative officials. They work all week. Currently, about two dozen agents are mobilized, and the number may increase depending on the level of visa demand, explains Ayar Kassem, deputy director of consular and social affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For his part, Director of Consular and Social Affairs, Fouad Qadiri, said that the new visa system aims to improve consular services, and its aim is to provide the effort of actually going to the consultation headquarters. They can do the whole procedure remotely with the assurance of receiving visa certificates via email. “Through this new service, we are trying to meet the needs of applicants according to modern standards and procedures,” he continued, adding that Morocco now has access to the club of countries with electronic visas.

In fact, there are two types of e-Visa, one being a tourist visa, and a business visa. It is valid for a maximum of 180 days (six months). Users have the opportunity to reduce their application processing time by opting for Express Visa, which is delivered within 24 hours, while Standard Visa can be delivered within a period that can exceed 72 hours (three working days). Ditto for a work visa.

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In terms of prices, the standard visa costs 770 dirhams, which is lower than the rate applicable for the express visa (1,100 dirhams). In order to ensure the security of personal data, electronic procedures are protected in accordance with applicable standards. “We are working with all government departments to ensure the security of procedures.”

Remember that three categories of foreign nationals will benefit from the “e-Visa”, i.e. nationals of certain countries, a list is determined by the competent Moroccan authorities (Thailand and Israel as a first step), and foreign nationals who have residency or stay valid for at least 180 days from the date of submission Electronic visa application and residence in an EU country, the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, New Zealand and Switzerland as well as foreign nationals holding one of the non-electronic visas for Schengen countries, the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand, multiple entries valid for at least 90 days from The date of submission of the electronic visa application.

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