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The Ambassador in Spain (Bowers) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 9.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s instruction No. 174 of December 6, 1934, requesting me to bring to the attention of the Spanish Government the impropriety of the action of the Spanish consular officers in requiring visas of American citizens intending to enter the Spanish Zone in Morocco, and also the inconvenience and delay resulting from the requirement that such citizens provide the Spanish Consul General in Tangier with photographs. There are enclosed a copy and translation of a Note from the Ministry of State in reply to the Embassy’s representations regarding this matter.
It will be observed from the final paragraph of the Note from the Ministry of State that the Spanish Government is prepared to abolish the requirement of passport photographs, subject to the right of the Spanish Consul at Tangier to require them whenever he considers it necessary for the proper identification of the individuals concerned. In this connection reference is made to the fourth paragraph of the Embassy’s Note to the Ministry of State which was dated December 17, 1934, and which read as follows:
“It very seldom occurs that such persons carry with them extra copies of photographs and the result has been, in at least eight cases, that in order to secure such copies, the interested Americans have been forced to give up their reservations and remain over in Tangier, while French and British companions with whom they were traveling were able to proceed without even obtaining visas.”
Secretary of Embassy