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Off to the Consulate

Today was dedicated to going to the Iranian Consulate to obtain a visa. For Canadians, this process first involves submitting passports and photos, 3 months in advance, to be scrutinized by the Iranian authorities. Once they are satisfied, they issue an Authorization Number, that permits you to apply at a Consulate, in person, for a visa. Our Authorization Number was delayed by some weeks, and we only received it a few days ago.
This morning we caught the Tube to Kensington, where we checked out the location of the Consulate, which is only open for visa issuance a couple of hours, three times each week. We had read horror stories of people lining up many hours in advance, so we went early. The very helpful consular staff suggested we come back shortly before 2:00 pm. We used the time to walk to the Natural History museum, where we spent an hour.
We arrived back to the Consulate about 45 minutes early, and were amongst about 10 people waiting. We were then entertained by a small group of protesters from the Iranian Communist Party trying attract attention on the street in front of the Consulate. The kind consular staff invited our group to wait inside the Consulate.
We had a short wait to be called forward for our visa application, and an even shorter wait while our documents were checked. We were then told to come back at 4:30 to pick up our visa. During this time we wandered down to Holland Park, where we spent a little time in the Design Museum.
Upon returning to the Consulate, we waited about 2 minutes to receive our visa. We celebrated the completion of the process with dinner at a nice French restaurant.
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Outside the Natural History Museum
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Main foyer as you enter the museum
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Giraffe exhibit
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Mined opals

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We have our visas for Iran

Posted by Jimpat 13:06

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Travel safe. Well done on getting those visas.

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