so i left the country...Nov 5, 2010 · 2 minute read · Comments
so egypt (like many other countries apparently) requires military service from it’s citizens. as a dual citizen, you are exempt from egyptian military service. i won’t get into details of how to prove this and get your military pardon, but let’s just say that it’s a fairly long winded and arduous process (which until now, i am still unable to complete).
there was some uncertainty as to what would happen if i stayed longer than 6 months - some people said, “you need to get your passport restamped (or leave the country) if you are planning on staying longer than 6 months.“ others said, “you don’t need to do anything.“ i almost followed the latter, until someone advised me to go check just in case, otherwise you could have problems later on. so i went to the passport office in alexandria.
the lady said, “as long as you’re here less than 6 months, there is no problem. once you are here for 6 months, you need to give us your id card and your military status.“ i said, “but i am having trouble getting my military status sorted out, what happens if i can’t bring these papers?“ she said, “then we won’t let you leave.”
i was like, “seriously?“ but i guess it matches up with something a friend had mentioned to me, so i could believe it. i imagined that, given that situation, i could call the embassy and say, “they won’t let me leave,” but i also have to remember that theoretically, i entered the country as an egyptian, so they could say, “we can’t help you.”
to save myself the unnecessary hassle, i booked a flight and left… i guess i’ll have to do this every 6 months until i get these papers sorted out…