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 Visa limitations: age and gender 

Written by: Lydia Dietrich  

Some countries have liberated their visa policies. However, visa liberation is still limited to age and gender groups. Most of the travellers affected by this limitation are males between the ages of 18 and 50 years old. Here are some visa restrictions for specific age and gender groups you should consider when travelling to Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Sudan or Turkey.  

Egyptians travelling to Turkey or Iraq 

Egyptian nationals between 18 and 40 years who want to travel to Turkey or Iraq are now required to get security approval from passport control authorities. Egyptians under 18 and above 45 can obtain an E-visa. 

Egypt and Sudan

In September 2004 Egypt and Sudan signed The Four Freedoms Agreement, allowing citizens of Egypt and Sudan to freely move across the border separating both states, and the rights to reside, work and own property in either country without a permit. Despite this agreement, visa liberation is still limited. Egyptian male citizens between the ages of 18 and 49 are still required to obtain an entry visa for Sudan. According to Abdel-Mahmoud Abdel-Halim, Sudan’s ambassador to Egypt, the visa issue was nothing new as Egypt has applied similar measures on Sudanese men. Egyptian authorities continue to impose entry visa for Sudanese men between the ages of 18 and 50. 
Egyptian women, children and men older than 49 can enter Sudan without a visa.

If visa is not required for your nationality, it might be still required for your gender or age group 

Moroccans travelling to Jordan

The Jordanian ambassador to Rabat, Hazim Al KhatebAttamimi, acknowledged that Moroccan women between the ages of 18 and 35 are subject to stricter rules when applying for a visa to visit Jordan. Moroccan women who want to travel to Jordan need to be accompanied by a mahram (male guardian) or need to have a valid Jordanian invitation. According to the ambassador, the policy is governed by regulations related to the legalization and protection of the labour market in Jordan. He argued that Jordan does not prevent Moroccan citizens from entering its territory, provided they submit to regulatory measures to specify the workplace or indicate the reason for the visit.

Tunisian, Lebanese and Moroccan women travelling to Kuwait

In December 2018 the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Labour issued the same decision, restricting Moroccan, Tunisian and Lebanese women under the age of 40 to work in Kuwait. They are only allowed to enter the country accompanied by a first-degree male guardian, or if a family member is already working there.

Lydia Dietrich

Communication Coordinator


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