Rabat - Long-stay (over 90 days) Schengen visas on old non-biometric passports will no longer be valid as of November 24.
Rabat – Long-stay (over 90 days) Schengen visas on old non-biometric passports will no longer be valid as of November 24.
Beginning next Tuesday, Schengen visas, which allow a non-European national to visit multiple European countries among the 25 member states of the Schengen agreement, will be valid only for holders of the new biometric passports.
Last week, an announcement from the Ministry of the Interior advised citizens that all hand-filled passports should be replaced by biometric, also known as e-passports.
After November 24, Moroccans will not be able to travel abroad with a non-biometric passport.
If a long-stay visa is on an old passport it will need to be replaced, according to the consular service of the Embassy of France in Morocco, which confirmed their invalidity saying, “if the passport is no longer valid, the visa is not valid either”.
The exception are long-stay visas issued by the United States and the United Kingdom. These visas will remain valid on the old passport provided that the traveler presents both passports, the new biometric document and the visa stamped on the old one.
Replacement of the Schengen visas will allegedly be a gain for the government and consular services since travelers are required to purchase stamps for the new biometric passport, pay for the new visa and administrative charges.
Moroccans interested in renewing their passport can visit the Minister of the Interior’s website, www.service-public.ma, to update this document. Biometric passports will be valid for five years.