Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Turkish Visa: In 15 easy steps!

Getting a Turkish Educational Visa in 15 easy steps. . . a true account.

  1. Goto the Turkish Embassy in New York at 10:00 am (a reasonable time). Assume that credit cards aren't accepted so bring a check. 
  2. Learn the the consular  office is only open from something like 2:30 to 4:30 pm, leading to a 3 hours Starbucks excursion. 
  3. Return to the Embassy and wait on line for 45 minutes. 
  4. Learn that the Turkish government only accepts cash. . . 
  5. Run to a Chase ATM
  6. Return, wait on line. . . hand over your passport. 
  7. Leave New York City, with no opportunities to return for 3 months. . . 
  8. Wait 2 weeks. . . 
  9. Receive an email from a Turkish consular officer stating that you've applied for your visa too early and  that your should "apply again at the last minute"
  10. Argue to be allowed to mail the passport back in a month or so. 
  11. Return to the consular office 3 months later. 
  12. Wait for consular officer to write a hand-written receipt on a blank sheet of printer paper.  
  13. Sign on the hand-written "X__________"
  14. Receive Visa...
  15. Depart for Turkey! 

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