In a visit to Algiers, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced that his country has lifted the visa restriction imposed on Algeria since 2021. In a video posted on social media, the minister announced that “since this Monday, we have resumed a normal consular relationship as it existed before COVID-19, especially concerning visas.”
Last Friday, it was the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, who announced from Rabat the return to normal consular relations between her country and Morocco. Tunisia was the first country with which Paris restored its consular relations to the pre-Covid-19 level after its authorities lifted the health tests required to enter the country.
It is worth noting that in September 2021, France decided to restrict the issuance of visas to Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, in order to encourage these countries to better fight against irregular immigration and to cooperate in the execution of Obligations de quitter le territoirefrançais (OQTF). This decision resulted in a refusal rate of 30% for Tunisia and 50% for Morocco and Algeria.