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I plan to travel to Morocco later this year and wanted to check if anyone with previous experience getting a travel visa can shed some light here. The Embassy of Morocco in the UK states that for a travel visa, the following documents are required (among others):

  • Copy of your detailed provisional flight itinerary.
  • Hotel provisional reservation or notarized Letter of Invitation from your sponsor in Morocco.

However, Visa Guru...

Copy or Original hotel confirmation (Hotel confirmation must show paid in full.)

...and Visa HQ...

Copy of confirmed hotel reservations issued directly from the hotel.

...seem to imply stricter restrictions on what is an acceptable form of accommodation proof. So my questions are:

  1. Is a booking done through a third-party site (Hostelworld, Expedia, the lot) acceptable?
  2. Does the accommodation booking have to be paid for in full? (Because with some booking websites, only a deposit is taken.)
  3. Is a hostel booking (rather than a hotel booking) - either paid partly or in full - even considered as a valid supporting document for a Moroccan travel visa?
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Maybe add your home country to the question. For Dutch citizens, for example, you can just get your passport stamped on the spot, no extra requirements whatsoever. –  Jacco Sep 20 '11 at 12:24
    
Correct, I hold an Indian passport. This question is specifically for those not covered under via-free/on-arrival. –  Ankur Banerjee Sep 20 '11 at 12:56
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I tried to call up the Moroccan Embassy in London for the past few weeks but they never attend to phone calls! I consulted with a visa service agency based in the UK called CIBT and here's what they told me (since this is not an official response, your mileage may vary):

  • Your hotel reservation does not need to show payment has been made in full. All it needs to show is that the booking has been made for the period you plan to stay in Morocco.
  • Bookings made through any online travel agencies such as Expedia, Travelocity, et al are allowed. I'm not sure whether this covers Hostelworld too but I don't fundamentally see why it should make a difference, unless they are biased against hostel bookings.

I haven't applied for my visa yet but the assurance (to an extent) that I won't have to splurge on making fully-paid hotel bookings and I can get better deals through online agencies makes it a viable trip for me now. I'll update the answer with further details once I get my visa later in November.

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