Expat Life in Dubai

The case of the geographically-challenged passenger

July 3, 2010

in a normal, non-hectic Saturday at work

pax: i would like to make a reservation please going to Brazil
me: ok, for what dates and do you have any preferred airlines?
pax: no, i just need the reservation to apply for my schengen visa
me: i’m sorry, schengen visa?
pax: yes, schengen visa.
me: you’re going to brazil right? brazil where rio de janeiro and sau paolo is.
pax: yes, my sister is getting married at brasilia
me: ok then it’s not part of the schengen countries
pax: what do you mean?
me: you cannot apply for a schengen visa and go to brazil
pax: are you sure????
me: oh yes, definitely.
pax: how come? i always travel and when i get a schengen visa i can go to any countries
me: yes, but that’s only valid for the schengen countries. schengen countries are in europe, brazil is in south america. it’s a completely different continent that you’re going to.
pax: oh! (still sounding a bit doubtful) ok then, i’ll just come back i need to double check with my sister.

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