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The exception is because of Schengen

  • The Schengen exception agreement was signed in 1992 between the authorities in Spain and Morocco to allow the border with Ceuta to be crossed from Tétouan without a visa

The Moroccan government decided to temporarily close the border at Tarajal II until 2 May to prevent more stampedes, much to the dissatisfaction of the growing numbers of people who make a living as carriers. They are able to do so thanks to the Schengen exception, an agreement signed in 1992 between the authorities in Spain and Morocco to allow the border with Ceuta to be crossed from Tétouan without a visa. This meant that Moroccan citizens with a passport issued in that province didn’t need any other documents to enter the Spanish town, although they would need a visa if they were to continue on to the European continent. When the agreement was signed, 200,000 people lived in Tétouan. Now the population has risen to one million.