.My passport was on its way to expire and as it nowadays is mandatory to book a time for renewal of the passport. I thought that I will book a time really good in advance this time.
What a surprise I had when I realised that it was 4 month waiting time at the Embassy in Bern, Switzerland where I do my passport !!!!
I didn’t had a clue that there lived so many people in Switzerland.
Anyhow I come with the smart idea to do it in Sweden as I will be in Helsingborg between the 4th -to6th of June.
Went to the platform where you shall book your time …. and … As well fully booked for the next 3 month in the complete southern Sweden!!! Seems like everyone needs a new passport in Sweden.
Anyhow I thought why not call the Embassy and ask if there might be an error in their booking system.
The person answered at the Embassy did confirm that they where fully booked and she asked if I shouldn’t travel to Sweden soon and could do it there? I explained that I had already checked that out but no chance (fully booked).
Then she asked if I shouldn’t travel to some other country and be close to a Swedish Embassy… I had to say NO on that suggestion as well. Last she asked if I would travel much for the next months. If there was no chance to wait with a new passport. I had to tell her that I cannot wait either.
Then she gave me the email address direct to responsible person for passports at the Embassy in Bern and told me to explain that I am travel a lot and need my passport and if could help me.
This I did plus informed here of my next 3 trips which I had booked in plus asked if she could squeeze me in somewhere.
The day-after she answered and told me that I could come when the Embassy was closed for lunch. This I accepted and confirmed direct. I was impressed that the Embassy was so flexible and helpful.
I got my time and the information that I must fill in a document which state that I am Swedish citizen. Thought it strange though I have a Swedish passport already.
But anyhow that done all other papers filled in. Off I went to the Embassy in Bern and did my passport.
In the end everything went good. Now I am waiting to picking it up at the Swedish consulate in Zurich.