Visa secured

After about two weeks of more or less constant worrying, I finally hold a passport including a resident visa to the Republic of China (Taiwan). At first, I thought mistakenly that I would be able to use my old one, but it turned out I needed to reapply and thus also needed to do all the medical check-ups I did last year again (although this time, two more test were required; perhaps syphilis and some odd parasite I don’t know about are rampant in Sweden nowadays?). This is unfortunate and very costly (the whole re-application cost me around 2500 Swedish crowns), but it was mostly because of my own mistakes, so I’m not really complaining.

After leaving Uppsala in the morning, I headed for Stockholm and the Taiwan office there, reaching it by walking north along Sveav√§gen under a clear blue summer sky. I’ve never spent much time in Stockholm, and even though my visit perhaps wasn’t for pleasure, I still enjoyed it. Arriving at the office, I was treated to a nice lunch by the people at the Cultural Division and later also received my passport and visa. Now I’m good to go, at least legally.

One lesson that might be drawn from all this is that one should always check on visa-related issues a very long time in advance (preferrably several months), because it’s impossible to tell how long certain medical examinations will take and what problems one might encounter along the way. I did it in good time last year, but this time I failed at least partly because of a misunderstanding I could have discovered much earlier. The visa is among the most important things one needs to go abroad, so make sure it’s secured well in time.

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