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Applying visa – a step closer of actually getting there

While others started studying massaging in school, this lucky masseur traveld to Helsinki for an adventure. First part of this tricky adventure already started in Jyväskylä. It contained finding out what on earth is included in visa application to Taiwan. I’m happy that they have relatively simple and easy to understand websites. (You can check it yourself here: http://www.roc-taiwan.org/FI/ct.asp?xItem=54523&ctNode=5870&mp=182) I guess that I might have even understood something on the fifth read through.

In Monday morning in Helsinki after carefully double checking that I have all the needed papers for my and my friends applications I went seaching for passphoto booth or something like that. There is one in the central railwaystation as I was lucky to find out. I got my last missing peace fot the application there. Even though the photographer asked me do I need a passport photo or a visa one (I had no idea) and do I want the Finnish or Europian passport photo (no clue on this one either). After randomly choosing one of he options I went looking for the Taipei representative office. Do not believe what google maps tell you, it shows the wrong place for the address! I am a bit precise (some might call me naurotic) with these kind of things so I had triple checked the place and found it quite easily.

The lady in the office was really nice and checked our applications through. She did mention that our invitation letters from Taiwanese universitys didn’t have a stamp on it and they usually get applications with some kind of acceptance letter from the Finnish one too. Anyway, she took our applications in and told me to pick the finished ones after two days.

On Thursday I went back there a bit concerned. I had realized that I might need a signed letter from my friend to get his visa also. Guess if I had one? Nope. Didn’t think of it before that day. After one exciting elvator journey I was in the office again. And again the lady in the office was really nice and friendly. She did say that the signed paper thingy was usually necessary but since she remembered me from Monday and my name was in my friends papers, she could give me both visas.

Success! Now we are one step closer to Taiwan. Only 19 days to go.