A Visa Day
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Caught the train into London, then the tube across to Holland Park. Walked to the Uzbekistan Embassy. After a wait, I handed the passports in, and was told to wait again. Eventually they told me the visas were ready and gave me a bank deposit slip to arrange payment. I had to go to Notting Hill Gate (took the bus as its quite a way, and time was of the essence. However, the bus I got on immediately turned left and went somewhere else. So I hopped off as soon as I could and walked further than I would have done if I'd walked all the way!) to pay the money into their bank account. Of course, the bank won't take payment from a card so I was told to go downstairs to draw the money out of the cash machine, then back upstairs to pay the money to the teller. Where is this modern banking system when you need it?
Back to the Embassy where I discovered that the Russian lady who was immediately behind me in the queue had managed to do the same exercise more quickly than I did! All completed by 12.57, and they close at 13.00. However, the Uzbek visa is now secured.
Then its off to Oxford Circus to visit the Turkmenistan Embassy. Put in an application for a transit visa, any 10 days between 28/3 and 12/4. No, those dates are 15 days, not 10. Explained what I want. Cant do it.Eventually he goes off to see the Consul, and the Consul agrees that we can apply for any 5 days between those dates. OK, 5 isn't as much lee way as we wanted, but we'll have to live with it. Problem, the visa takes a month to get as it has to go to Turkmenistan to be approved, and we go in 2 weeks. After a long discussion, he agrees that he'll see the Consul and ask whether they can speed things up, no promises, but he'll phone me as soon as there's anything to report.
That's all I can do, and the guy was very nice about it, so we can only leave things there and hope.
Now its just all the other things to sort out.