Yesterday, Leo and I went to the Ecuadorian consulate to get our 180 day visa. I was armed with the paperwork I thought I needed and some others that was just in case. With us, we took the Application form, Letter to the Consul General, Passports, e tickets for our flight, notarized bank statement, 1 passport style photo each,$310.00 in cash, and a Spanish translated marriage certificate, that was certified and had a apostille. (Just a note here, get your papers translated in the state they came from originally if possible, it makes life so much easier, next easiest is the state you live in.) I couldn’t find one to translate near me, so I went on line and had it done in NYC. Thank God, I didn’t choose CA, since the apostille had to be from the state you got it translated in, not the place the original document came from. Anyway, the documents I had were correct.
There was one hitch, I had to have my document of support (social security or pension benefits) translated into Spanish and then notarized and apostilled, certified by the Ecuadorian consulate (a different person than the one handling the visa).When I showed him the papers, he was questioning the fact that the support was from CT, but the translation was apostilled in NY. where I got it translated. This is where the extra paper work came in. I had the English verison of the support document apostilled in CT, so I whipped it out. He still was hesitant but one of his coworkers kept saying even with the first document that it was OK. Even later during his process, he called in the girl working with us to check to see if that document was OK to certify. Long story short, $5.00 later, we had the paper. We arrived for our prearranged appointment at 10:30 A.M. and left at 1:30 P.M. To kill time we took pictures with Leo’s tablet. Also a nice touch was that the Consul General gives you the visa personally. He was very personal and we talked with him for awhile in his office, we took some pictures, and then we left.Next stop was to the Social Security office to let them know that Leo has now a citizen. He showed his passport and a little paper work later, he can now collect his social security without being in this county two times a year. Now we are all set for Ecuador–we thought. Later that day, Leo decided to call Lan Airlines and see if they counted the weight of the luggage as 3 separate 50 lb bags or 150 lbs per person, equivalent of 3 x 50. I would never have thought of that but Leo used to travel abroad with his volleyball teams and they just put on all the luggage together and counted the people to see if the weight was right-not bag by bag. They said OK to the 150 lbs. During the conversation Leo mentioned our cat as luggage. The lady looked up our flight and there was no cat with us. We had our flight changed by Lan from 11:00 t 12:00. We figured they’d change the cat, because we had to sign her up specifically for the flight. The woman is trying to confirm our cat for this flight, and she will call us today. That better go through or we are in pickle. Being the optimist that I am, I feel confident it will all work out.