It’s the uninteresting clunking sound that I miss essentially the most. A thud that trumps the environment friendly click on of any library e book stamp.
That noise ought to be accompanied by the surly sneer of a uniformed official and the very slight sense of panic that I’ll have unintentional contraband in my baggage.
After which, as a budget ink is imprinted on my battered passport, the doc is handed (or generally tossed) again in the direction of me. I’m at liberty to maneuver forwards now, firstly in the direction of customs then lastly in the direction of a sliding door that results in the arrivals lounge, with its overpriced espresso store, phalanx of unlawful minicab drivers and, in the end, freedom.
Such is the pivotal second while you get your visa stamp upon arrival in a brand new nation.
It’s a dying artwork although. And one whose extinction got here slightly nearer for Britons this week with the information that Turkey is abolishing visas for UK visitors as of subsequent month.
In actuality, the entry stamp (or, in Turkey’s case, a sticker) has been absent for some time anyway – e-visas costing £27 have been the required type of entry for the previous couple of years. Alongside the rising variety of related digital preparations, it’s, after all, inevitable that even the often technophobic realm of immigration management at airports is slowly shifting with the instances.
After all, the regular dismantling of such traditions ought to, for many people, imply ease of passage. It also needs to (often) imply shorter queues. And it positively means just a few further financial institution notes in your pocket for drinks and dinner in your first evening away.
However we’ve got misplaced one thing with the demise of the visa stamp. Mainly, the sensation of getting completed one thing; of…