Passport, Visa and Travel – My First flight

drelayaraja By drelayaraja, 16th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The amazing experience of my first travel abroad. Flying for the first time is itself a thrill and to Brisbane via Singapore is even more exciting experience. I just want to share how I manage to get my passport and visa for this travel.

The International Conference

I made my first flight journey for attending an International Conference (Estuaries and Change 2004) in Ballina, Australia. It was in the first week of June 2004 and I had to prepare in a hurry. My research paper was accepted for a presentation in the conference. I was the only scientist/researcher from India. The Government did sanction me a partial travel grant, which supported my one way journey.

The Passport

I had no passport at that time and had to face some difficulties in applying for one. I had to apply for the passport in a FAST (tatkal) mode. The collector of my district (who was an alumni of my department/university) certified my address, as i was not having a solid proof for it at that time. It was a timely help. I applied and got my passport in a record 5 days.

My Visa

I had my passport sent to the Mumbai city (Bombay) for my visa approval. It was because the Australian Consulate was based in Mumbai and Delhi alone. People living at the southern and western part of India can obtain their Aussie Visa only from Mumbai.
I managed to get the visa by fulfilling various formalities and strictest conditions.

The Air Ticket

I had booked my first air ticket from the Air-India, which was the cheapest one (comparatively). I had to do this, as a prerequisite, to obtain the partial travel grant from the government agency.
Now, I required my passport to get my ticket confirmed! It was in Mumbai and I awaited for it to come by post (mail). The visa was delayed by a day and I had to postpone my ticked by a day. I had to miss my conference inauguration and the field trip.
I confirmed my ticket on the day of my travel. Well, everything went on like a dream. My passport, visa and the Ticket were there with me now.

First Flight

I went to the Chennai airport (Arignar Anna International Terminal) with my mother and relatives, who game me a great send-off. First man to fly in my family. first man to cross the border of my country. Lot of firsts bestowed on me.

This was my first experience in an air plane (aeroplane). I did not wink a second till I landed at the Singapore’s Changi International Airport.
I enjoyed the lights of the darkness during the take-off, the sunrise in the mid air and the cloudy (rainy) sky during the landing.

I will share my experiences on the Singapore (Transit) and Sentosa beach in my next article.

Copyright 2010 Dr.P.Elayaraja

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author avatar fionajean
16th Jun 2010 (#)

Having never been on a flight, I read this with interest. Nicely done.

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author avatar Euphonos
26th Jun 2010 (#)

gud one...interesting!!!! Even i had nice adventurous experience in Paris airport

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author avatar C. Michael Davis
30th Jun 2010 (#)

Very good information. This will come in handy for Lizzy and me this coming year as we prepare to travel abroad for a mission trip. Thank you for this writing.

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author avatar Claerwyn Anwylaeth
9th Jul 2010 (#)

Congrats! and welcome to Australia :)

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author avatar Rose*
28th Nov 2013 (#)

I'm glad you got all your papers quickly and you were able to take your flight.

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