Wednesday, June 20, 2007

U.S. citizens don't need visas to visit Morocco or the "southern provinces"

At least, that's the case if this website agrees with the Moroccan government. Nice deal for sightseeing in Fez or Dakhla.

For ha-has, I've been looking up flights to El Aiaun and travelogues about Western Sahara. Check out this article about visiting Western Sahara, which has great pictures of the El Aiaun square but is regrettably politically inactive.

From what I've read about those Dakar Rally ruffians, Western Sahara has a lot of police checkpoints, but otherwise there should be no problem getting in. Has anyone been? Let's share our tips on avoiding landmines.

I've also read a lot on Reporters Without Borders about journalists, mainly Scandinavians, getting booted out of Western Sahara. It seems like the worst you get if you cross Morocco is a stern talk with the police and a bus ride to Tan-Tan. Is that the worst that can happen, or am I missing a case where someone was thrown into the Black Prison?

2 comments:

  1. Laroussi7:31 PM

    Worst case scenario is most likely to be thrown out. No reports so far about jailed foreign journalist. Latest case I believe was a Swedish journalist who got expelled to Agadir. Before that he had been threatened by prosecution "for having links to a terrorist organisation", writes Reporters without borders.

    And, as you write, Western Sahara is full of police controls. At least one before and after each city, but normally two: police + gendarmes. It's not like in Morocco.

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  2. Laroussi7:45 PM

    Fascinating by the way that Morocco.com states that Western Sahara is "under military control".

    Hmm. So it is not like any old part of Morocco? Even though there has been a cease-fire for over 15 years. Wonder why... ;-)

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