France’s decision to tighten restrictions on Moroccan nationals who wish to obtain a visa has significantly affected road transport companies.
Since French consulates in Morocco no longer issue visas as before, a large number of Moroccan airlines who had obtained French visas for up to 20 years were unable to resume their activity, according to TheSchengen.com.
Speaking on the issue, the head of the Moroccan Road Transport Association, Driss Bernoussi, said that the number of visas issued to Moroccan drivers has been declining since January 2021.
According to him, the tightening of the rules related to the issuance of visas to Moroccan nationals had a significant impact on the country’s export sector as thousands of trucks were unable to leave the country.
This has also directly affected companies active in the sector as they still have to maintain drivers’ salaries as well as other costs.
In addition, it was emphasized that the denial of visas to international road transport companies also had a significant impact on the country’s export, especially the agricultural industry.
The French authorities announced earlier that they will grant fewer visas to citizens of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria because the responsible bodies in the three countries refuse to take back their citizens who reside in France illegally after refusing to grant them asylum.
Last September, the French government’s spokesman, Gabriel Attal, said that the country has had immigration rules since 2018. The rules state that everyone has the right to seek asylum in the country as long as they meet the country’s rules.
However, since hundreds of Moroccans are residing in France illegally after their country of origin refused to issue them a consular permit, the French authorities decided to respond to this issue by deciding to cut the number of visas granted to citizens of Morocco.
Based on data collected by TheSchengen.com, out of 84,627 applications, French authorities issued 73,381 visas to citizens of Morocco during 2020. During the same year, a total of 12,264 visas were rejected.
Earlier, the French authorities announced that all travelers planning to arrive in the country will be required to obtain a health permit until July 2022. The Health Pass allows everyone to access many places and activities while in France, including restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping centers and hospitals, Among other things.
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