Another visit to the Estonian embassy. Sleet showers this afternoon made me very happy about my newly-bought umbrella. No Internet this afternoon/evening (it only came back 5 minutes ago) and I felt totally cut off from the world!
[ Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 —
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What’s the problem with Ingrid’s passport? I had some hassle getting my ID-card from the Estonian Nationality and Migration Office, which I had ordered three months before the elections for electronic voting. The NMO decied to leave it sitting in someone’s desk and when I finally called up, it was too late to send it to Luxembourg in time for the elections. Fortunately I was able to vote by post:-)
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The problem is that they didn’t get it to us on time, and we’re going to Sweden on Friday. I went to the embassy a month ago and asked whether I could get the passport in time, and they said it wouldn’t be a problem. They even put a note on the application, saying I would need the passport by the 20th, to make sure it wouldn’t be left sitting in someone’s desk.
But of course it was left sitting in someone’s desk, just like yours… From what I’ve been able to piece together from things they revealed by accident, this someone went on vacation and nobody picked up the application until the 19th. Oops.
They then tried to cover up and tell me that there was no note on the application – however they very obviously knew I was in a hurry to get it so that was a blatant lie.
Then the NMO told me that the embassy had forgotten to take into account the time to deliver the passport. Yes, it only takes a month to get a passport – but it takes a week to deliver one to the UK. The NMO only send passports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs once a week, and they in turn only send diplomatic post to the UK twice a week. Oops again.
Part of it is my fault, too, for leaving it to the last minute and counting on the embassy and the NMO to deliver what they promised. I’ll know better next time.
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