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I am travelling from Montreal, Canada to Cairo, Egypt transitting in Casablanca for 13 hours. Have a hotel voucher. I hold a valid Egyptian passport and a 5 year valid visa to Canada and US. Do I need a transit visa for Casablanca touring for 12 hours? Having a hotel voucher from the carrier company Royal Air Maroc, to compensate for the long lay over, I have to move out of the airport premises. Then am I in need for a transit visa?

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You'll need a visa only if you want to leave the airport.

National Egypt (EG) /Transit Morocco (MA) Destination Egypt (EG)

Visa required, except for Children under 17 years of age of any nationality , if having Moroccan parent(s) and being registered in parent's passport

TWOV (Transit Without Visa): ... Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours at Casablanca (CMN)

Since your layover is under 24 hours, you can transit without a visa if you stay in the airport, but you'll need a visa if you want to enter Morocco.

Source: Timatic

  • However the OP can not leave the airport without a visa, right? I believe that is part of their question. – mts Jun 3 '16 at 23:16
  • @mts Thanks for pointing that out; I've updated my answer accordingly. (When I posted my initial answer, the question didn't mention leaving the airport.) – davidvc Jun 4 '16 at 14:09
  • Where does it say that you can't leave the airport? That's how TWOV works in the Schengen area or Turkey but not in China for example. Even the UK has a transit without visa concession that allowed some travellers to go through immigration to spend the night at a hotel while on transit until very recently (it was removed at the end of 2014). – Relaxed Jun 5 '16 at 9:04
  • @Relaxed Timatic's TWOV definition says "Unless stated otherwise, passengers wishing to TWOV must... remain in the transit area (airside) or on the aircraft," so I assumed that, if TWOVers were allowed to leave the airport at CMN, the Timatic page would have said so. – davidvc Jun 5 '16 at 14:13
  • @HaigNakashian If an answer provided answers your question, feel free to "accept" it by clicking the green check mark! Thanks – davidvc Jun 8 '16 at 19:39

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