First Sandstorm experience in Casablanca Morocco felt like being in an end of the world movie. Currently having a global pandemic and the skies suddenly turned heavy dark orange.
Sands from Sahara desert has reached as far as Casablanca and even further north of Morocco.
October 20, 2020 . Around 3:00 PM in the afternoon at Casablanca I noticed the sky has turned dark with a very orange hue. Thinking that it is only rain clouds coming. However, the temperature was unusually warm even with strong winds. Normally in Casablanca when the sky is gray with strong wind the temperature drops, but not this time. The previous day was colder but today was notably warmer. Towards 4:00 PM the sky looked heavier and more orange, winds started to be stronger and noticed sand-like dusts blowing by the street. The mouth starts to feel dry, throat chalky and eyes itchy. So, this is what a sandstorm feels like. Closed all the windows and doors and looked down at the floor seeing covered in dust.
October 21, 2020. The next day all surface in the apartment feels dusty, my skin feels dusty, my throat feels dusty. My infant’s nose is full of black dirt. My nose is filled with the dame black dirt. I feel the same in my throat – dry and dusty.
The winds in the Sahara desert is blowing strong and the sandstorm has reached as far as Casablanca located at the west coast of the Morocco. Most of Morocco has experienced the sandstorm including Marrakech, Essaouira, Rabat, Ouarzazarte and other cities are all covered in sand from the Sahara desert.
This sandstorm is happening while being locked down in the city with a curfew during a world pandemic. WTF 2020
How to extend tourist visa from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Photocopy of latest visa
Photocopy of first entry visa
Photocopy of ID
Photocopy of passport
Visa extension form
Go to immigration
Visa extension office is in the right area upon entrance
Get visa extension form from photocopier for ETB 20 fee
Photocopy required documents
Go to the queue for the document check and endorsement. Normally visa extension is only up to 30 days. Depending on the mood of the officer in charge you can appeal for up to 90 days. Note that visa extension is not extended from the latest visa. The count of days will begin from the date you file your visa extension. I also suggest going to the counter to the right when you enter the room. The more senior officers are usually there
After your documents have been approved. Go inside to queue to take your photo.
After the photo. Proceed to pay at the table at the center of the room.
Then they will tell you to go to a room to give your passport and documents
They will tell you to go back the next day to pick up your passport with visa. Remember to ask at what time you should go back.
Passport pick-up is at the window outside across the photocopier
The first visa is USD 100 for 30 days
Second visa extension is USD 150 for another 30 days
I tried to ask up to – how many times it is allowed to extend the tourist visa, however, the immigration officer only said “No” and the next time I asked immigration officer only shook her head.
+251 (0) 116-650-297
Be patient when calling. It usually takes long before they answer the phone.
Tell taxi driver “Immigration Addis” and they will know where it is.