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Moroccan women between the ages of 18 and 35 are now able to obtain a visa for Jordan without restrictions

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Moroccan women between the ages of 18 and 35 will no longer need to be accompanied by their husbands or male relatives ( mahram or guardian) or to obtain special permission from the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior to go to Jordan.

Following the recent visit to Amman, Jordan, of Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (DFAIT), who held political consultations on July 19, 20 and 21 with his Jordanian counterpart Aymen al-Safdi, an Agreement on issuing visas for Moroccan travelers has been reached, said an authorized source from DFAIT to HuffPost Morocco.

“The minister insisted on his Jordanian counterpart to remove any visa restrictions for Moroccan women,” according to HuffPost Morocco source. The visa requirements for Jordan will, therefore, be the same for all Moroccans, men, and women, who can obtain it upon arrival in Jordan.

Last January, a controversy over the difficulty for Moroccan women to obtain a visa for Jordan had erupted following the rant launched on social networks by Mounia Semlali, head of the gender justice program of the NGO Oxfam in Morocco.

Aged 28, the young woman protested about the refusal of her visa because she needed an express authorization from the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior or a ‘mahram’ to accompany her. The case was reported back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Jordanian Embassy in Morocco. A petition against the requirement of a mahram for traveling had since been launched.