I think there is a new type of racism creeping upon the world and that is passport racism. Did you know that if I hold an Indian passport then in all probability a lot of trees will be cut before I am done gathering the documents needed for my visa submission? Well, you probably did.
Did you know that if I held a British or an American passport then I just pack my bags, pick up my passport and drive to the airport? I am pretty sure you didn’t stop to think of that!
I recently called up the Spanish embassy ( actually the VFS-Spain) to enquire about getting a visa to walk the Way of St. James. Here
is was my plan :
- Start walking early in the day.
- When the light fades or when I feel tired check in to the nearest alburgue
Here is what the guy on the other side of the line told me:
- If you hold an Indian passport then you need to show transportation and
—- wait for it……
For every single day that you are in the EU … oh and that’s not just it….
*Walking does not qualify as transportation for someone who holds an Indian passport!*
It’s no wonder that no one from India is urging students and young people to take a gap year and travel. The entire year may be spent in securing a visa and by the time they board the plane they will not exactly belong to the ‘Youth’ category.
Billions of blue blistering barnacles!