Okay, so I’m not blogging from Brazil, I’m right at home in my office back at work and regular life. So here is our story so that others will not make the same mistakes that we did. We planned our trip in a week. We literally decided we were going to Rio on a Friday and night and bought plane tickets for the following Friday. This may have been our first mistake.
Then, we checked my passport to see if it was still valid. It is until June 22nd. So, we thought that was fine. We would be back in the US before my passport expired. This may have been our biggest mistake.
We bought a few books on Rio, reserved rooms at 2 hotels (we were going to stay at a beach resort town for a few days) and packed our bags. We showed up at the airport and tried to check ourselves in at the kiosk but it wouldn’t let us so we went to the desk. The Delta associate told us that my passport was making the computer nervous, but gave us our boarding passes and we went on to security.
We were boarding the plane and the gentleman scanning our tickets asked us where our visas were. I had no idea what he was talking about. He sent us to the desk. The gentleman behind the desk told us that we have to have visas to travel to Brazil and that we needed to go to the consulate Monday morning and beg and plead for them to process our visas in one day. This is when I started crying.
So after a lot of talking to the Delta representatives, we left the airport with a plan. Our flight was rescheduled for tonight and we extended the dates on the back end so that our trip would be the same length. My husband had decided to skip the first day of summer school (so not like him) so that we could have the trip we had been planning. We would change our hotel reservations and go to the consulate Monday morning and beg and plead.
On Saturday, we started to do our research about obtaining a visa. We found out that you have to have 6 months of life still on your passport to get a visa. This is when we knew the trip wasn’t going to happen.
So, I’m here, back at work, not in Brazil. The trip is on hold indefinitely. We are disappointed, yes, but it’s not the end of the world. We went to see UP in 3D last night and it was awesome. So check it out and if you’re flying internationally, make sure you have a passport with 6 months of life on it and check to see if you need a visa.