My favorite countries often also happen to be the most efficient.
You can always tell how a country is by the way their embassy handles a visa application.
Take the last few embassies I engaged with for example:
1. Luxembourg embassy:
The 1st thing the consulate wrote was,
you won't need a visa.
I had to clarify,
I live in ð³ð¿ but I don't have a kiwi passport,
you're ð¨ð³, you don't need a visa.
2. the Polish embassy:
Just show me that you'll be in ðµð± for the longest time amongst all the countries you'll be visiting.
I got the visa in 3 business days.
I kid you not.
Everything (including the visa application form) was entirely filled out and submitted online.
There is an electronic automatic acknowledgement and receipt.
Just like that of ð¦ðº & ð³ð¿.
0. Not my favorite At All:
Spanish Embassy in Wellington
- this is a negative example:
I had to deal with this stupidly redundant office of a place
before I ended up having to cancel my trip and my flights altogether.
I didn't cancel my trip because of them.
But I swear to travel deity if there ever is one:
I will never
apply for a visa with the Spanish embassy ever again
in this life!
their office advised me that I could not apply 3 months in advance,
& said August would be better for traveling in October.
I emailed in August to ask Can I apply now?
They said to me:
Apply at the end of August.
Cutting it close.
Sure. I can work with that
as long as you promise efficiency.
At the end of August,
I put through my application.
And I asked by email,
"2 questions if I may:
Can I skip the Include A Return Courier Bag part, I'm based on The Terrace,
And can I please be allowed to walk to your office to pick up and drop off my passport,
as I do not want to lose my passport in the post."
Clear communication right ?
"Yes to both questions."
1.5 weeks later,
After daily chase-up by ð§,
I got rejected in writing right away because I had 2 countries on my itinerary that both get visas handled by the Italian Embassy
(even though a ð¨ð³ can go visa free into 1 of them)
and I had a 1 day excursion to a tiny country inside Spain but not a Spanish country ,
They rejected my visa application outright.
I will "cancel" all 3 other countries that I was intending on going to on my plan,
(Which is totally not true, I will still go as long as I get given the damn visa)
just to demonstrate my intention on traveling in Spain.
I wrote back saying:
"please know I didn't book anything, this is just my proposed itinerary.
I will prove that I will stay in Spain the longest with the following accommodation bookings."
So, for the purpose of the visa application,
I booked 4 nights of accommodation each in 3 separate Spanish cities that I would love to visit over time (not all at once).
I even paid for them , just to demonstrate my resolve to travel IN Spain.
And emailed my bookings through.
They returned my application anyway.
I called them, asked: um, what ?
They said: You need to wait for your letter.
I was almost getting mad: No, just tell me on the phone.
you didn't include a return courier bag in your application,
And you aren't spending have enough days in Spain.
I protested, But I emailed 2 weeks worth of accommodation bookings through to you this morning, including 4 cities in Spain.
The embassy lady bitterly and emotionlessly said: Email submissions don't count.
Then why not telling me that on the spot when I emailed them through,
and point out that these things need to be POSTED
like the 1900s???
This country is as behind as this embassy's system.
I withdrew the application.
Not because of this stupid embassy,
But because my team suddenly became short staffed,
my TL was not making it much a choice for me to go traveling.
I chose to stay, cancelled everything...
But I swear,
What a useless embassy to say the least.
I will never ever apply for a visa through the Spanish embassy here again.
And I do NOT recommend going through this embassy to get your visa for Schengen,
it's not worth it.
Go to Polish embassy. 3 days, it's done. Everything online on their website, easy, efficient.
Below are my communication trail with the Spanish Embassy in Wellington.
The email trail shows the inconsistent information they provided,
the effort I put in to support my application for the visa,
the atrociously ancient undigitised process they have
âwhich led to my cancelling the application out of frustration.
Most inconsistent, unreliable, inefficient, and heartless embassy I've dealt with.
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