Living Karakol #4
A short while ago there was a traveller from New Zealand. He'd turned up on what looked like, in my un professional motor biker eye, a Honda 250. Kazak plated.
The house where I lived for almost 6 months.
I'd seen him parked up next door, head in a guide book. If he needed help he could ask but he didn't. I let myself in and thought no more about him.
Later that afternoon, he was sitting on our terrace rolling a smoke. We nodded. Shook hands and introduced our selves.
He'd come thru Russian, down thru Kazakhstan and into Kyrgyzstan.
Nothing overly spectacular about that other than he had arrived at the Russian/Kazak border at 10 mins past midnight. He over stayed his 30day visa by 10 minutes.
"What did you do? They ask for a bribe".
I thought they just shipped people off to Siberia for a mister-meaner like that. It's a serious matter that.
Overstaying your visa in what ever part of the world is thoroughly not recommended. You will be black listed. Immigration officers will not be so kind to you.
"I had to sort out a transist visa to cover those 10 minutes.
But such is the bureacracy, it took 12 days to issue."
There was no fine, just a $30 fee for the paperwork and a 12 day wait, effectively under house arrest until the paper work was done. Incredulous!
And then, having gotten into Kazakhstan and enjoyed too much local hospitality no doubt, he got his dates wrong. He'd entered on such and such date and had attempted to leave on the same day a month later.
A 1 month visa is only ever 30 days, never 31. Like wise a 3 month visa is only ever 90 days. Quite straight forward if you ask me. And no, I have never over stayed. I always aim to leave 2 days before just in case of delays.
Am not sure if he failed his Maths 'O' level but you must at least leave the day before, arrive 28th, leave 27th for example but he'd also forgotten that July had 31 days. He overstayed 2 days.
They wanted $1000 for the offence to be forgotten about. Brushed under the carpet and the immigration officers would drink their way to an early Christmas.
He got them down to $50 and picked up another BLACK MARK in his passport.