Visa Validity; The Entrance Exam of a Life of Travel

Future is an unknown country which requires tough visas for anyone to enter. Not all of us will get the chance to visit it.”

Mehmet Murat Ildan

Sooner or later in a life of international travel, you’re going to have to go through the process of getting an authorisation to enter a country you are desirous of visiting.

As you eagerly start the process of demonstrating the upstanding citizen which you are, and therefore a worthy visitor of the country, it’s important to realise-as you certainly will later if not sooner- that the visa process for some countries is not designed to facilitate your entry, but rather to validate its own unique needs and purposes.

“When I travel abroad, because I’m Columbian, I’m always one that they check twice and security and I’m the one that they open my bag and the one they pull to the side to check the visa.”

Sofia Vergara

What can seem rational and self explanatory in one country can appear complex and meaningless in another. The visa can be your first introduction to how the country works, particularly if you’ve done your research and are ready to commit to a sometimes Alice in Wonderland experience of chasing that white rabbit down the rapidly shrinking time hole of visa completion.

I can really appreciate the need for any country to assess who its visitors are; after all, no country wants to admit drug dealers or people of dubious backgrounds and means. Yet they seem to be the most cursory of questions asked.

But if you’re someone like me who seeks meaning in every event or task, it can be challenging. Of course in the end you have to comply, accepting the strictness, the punctilliousness with regard to minor points, because in the end a visa is only a tool to enter a country where the people may be different but also similar in their humanity.

“Creative people have no barriers. Ultimately, it’s connecting with human beings. There’s just one planet. I don’t see it as different countries.”

Aamir Khan

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