Day 56: Frustrated with Stupid Politics of Iranian Visa Process
June 25, 2012; Distance covered today: 0 Km; Total: 4411 Km
We woke up at 7 in the morning to go to the Iranian Conciliate to apply for a visa for Fausto. We had a lot of hope, but fausto was told that he would only be given a visa if he had applied through an agency called, “Iranian Visa” or with an invitation from Iran. I then talked to the officer in Persian to see if there is a faster and easier way. I was told to ask one of my friends or relatives in Iran to send Fausto an invitation!
I called my friend in Iran and asked him to send Fausto an invitation. He contacted the Iranian Foreign ministry and was told that no visa is granted for a person to enter with their personal vehicle! He then called an agency specializing in organizing bike tours in Iran. They said that they would be able to apply for a visa but it would take 10 days or so. Then they said that they would try to find a fast track.
|Ersurum is a very religious city|
Now… on the one hand, I don’t want to leave Fausto behind and go by myself, on the other hand, I don’t have time and I have to leave for Iran in a day or two. I finally decided to wait to hear from my friend from Iran to see what the agency can do then leave for Iran. Fausto would try applying through “Iranian Visa” website and travel for a week before the agency facilitates the visa process. If nothing works, he would have to take a bus or train to Istanbul to take a plane to India to resume his trip. We are in a limbo situation now.