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African journey: Applying for Moroccan tourist visa

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If you think you’ve seen enough of Europe and become a bit “bored” with the same sceneries, why not go to Africa! I’m always more interested in visiting places that are “off the beaten path,” so I took advantage of my stay in Europe to hop over to the other continent and start my very first African journey in Morocco!

To be honest, if I were not here in the Netherlands, I would never have thought about going to a country like Morocco. So this is really a god-sent opportunity for me to explore the world and travel to exotic places. Nonetheless, as a Vietnamese passport holder I always have to worry about getting visas to go to another country. I know that a lot of nationalities are exempted from applying for tourist visa to go to Morocco, but I still want to write this down just in case it will be helpful to other fellow students in Leiden or in the Netherlands whose cases are similar to mine 🙂 I did have a hard time retrieving visa information in the Internet, as it turned out the Moroccan embassy in the Netherlands does not have a website and surprisingly I came across many negative reviews about the embassy’s services. I was a bit worried, but then everything went alright and I am just back from my trip!

So as we are registered in Leiden we have to go to the Moroccan consulate in Rotterdam to apply for the visa. This will save you from making the wrong trip to the one in Amsterdam like I did. The process is pretty simple. I submitted the following documents.

  • Visa application form (here)
  • 1 passport photo (they asked for 2 but gave me 1 back)
  • Copy of passport and residence permit
  • Return flight ticket (look out for cheap ticket and buy it early – don’t worry it seems like as long as you submit the documents you will get the visa for sure)
  • Hotel reservation (you can always go to booking.com to make reservations with free cancelation)
  • Proof of enrollment (I got it from the office in Plexus)
  • Insurance (I just printed out my insurance policy)
  • Bank statement (I use Rabobank so I printed it from Internet banking)

And that’s about it! Make sure you write your email address early because you will receive notification to collect your visa. A strange thing is that they will not keep your passport; you will bring it back later to get the visa stuck on. The officer told me the result would be out in 2 weeks but I received the email around 8 days after. The visa costs 200 MAD – 20,3 EUR at the time I paid. Contrary to the bad reviews on the Internet, I think the officers in the Moroccan consulate are really nice (they all speak English) and my application went very smoothly. So no worries, get ready for Morocco!

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3 comments on “African journey: Applying for Moroccan tourist visa

  1. blogprotest
    February 25, 2016

    I also like the visa on arrival service for the Vietnam visa which is applied online. Though we do have a Vietnam embassy in Morocco it is very stressing to apply for your visa from there. I will always go for the online option. Thanks for providing this information over here, it really will help people know about all requirements to be met ..

    http://www.visa-vietnam.org

  2. Natalie
    January 16, 2017

    Hi!! Thank you so much for the info. I’m a Malaysian and I need a visa. I’ll be leaving in two weeks and I totally for got about it.

    Do I have to make a reservation before visiting the consulate general?
    I have yet to purchase and insurance because I just arrive Netherlands for my exchange programme, is that a big issue?

    • admin@theleidener
      January 20, 2017

      Hi Natalie! For visa questions it’s best to ask your official contacts at Leiden University. You can contact your exchange coordinator or the international student advisor about getting Insurance. You should arrange to have Insurance from the date you arrive. Good luck and welcome to Leiden!!!

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