The privilege of traveling to a country of northern Africa
In August to mid-September, I participated in a volunteer program at a center in Morocco by AIESEC organization. Many things I have prepared long before the scheduled departure, even 5 months before, including various travel documents such as travel and health insurance, passports, invitation letters, travel itinerary and several other documents. Then what about the visa?
For Indonesian travelers, the Kingdom of Morocco provides a feature where we can travel to Morocco for 90 days without a visa. Yes, absolutely no visa is require. We are also not required to make a visa on arrival or the like. All it takes is just a passport and filling out an embarkation form when arriving at the arrival immigration entrance.
This is gold, isn't it? When checking the requirements of a trip to Morocco, this made me quite surprised and happy. Good diplomatic relations between Morocco and Indonesia since 1960 have given us a bonus in making a trip to one of the countries in northern Africa.
Before actually landing in Casablanca, Morocco, I was quite excited. It was the first time I traveled to Africa alone. Shortly after passing through the immigration section, the queue is quite long. A man in front of me, had experienced a great dispute with immigration officers and was not allowed to enter, so that the immigration officer skip his entry process then let me go first. The immigration officer then glanced at my passport for a moment and muttered 'Indonesia'.
I became panic and worry that he would ask me for a visa. I even positioned my backpack in front of my chest and left it open if in case he would ask for other documents. He then asked me to complete the address while I was in Casablanca on the embarkation sheet. Because I did not memorize the full address of the host family, I wrote down the address of the school where I would volunteer. After less than 5 minutes, he immediately put a stamp on my passport without saying anything else.
Was that all? Yes. It happened quickly and beyond my expectations. Although I understand very well that Indonesian citizens get 90 days free visa for a short visit in Morocco, but that worry still exists. After actually going through the process, I can assure my self and readers, especially Indonesian citizens, that it really applies.
As for supporting the statement in this article, you can check the official information through Wikipedia and or Safe Travel (official website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia/Kementrian Luar Negeri Indonesia).
Even though my story looks very easy, nevertheless still prepare important travel documents needed to be on guard in case the immigration officer asks for proof of your destination and duration of stay in Morocco. And don't forget to report yourself to the Indonesian Embassy in Rabat and or register your trip to safetravel.id.
If you have plans to travel to Morocco in the near future, please share your story and let me know if you have some questions in the comment. Happy day!