|Petronas Towers light up the Kuala Lumpur skyline|
The Kuala Lumpur service center was efficient. I arrived at 8:50 am and was at the counter at 9:15am. It would have been fast if I had everything needed. I got sent to the copier room for a second copy of my passport, got back in line and sent back for a copy of my Malaysia visa stamp, back in line and was told my hotel reservations list was insufficient because it did not have my full name on it. Ugh! I pulled up a copy of an email confirmation and asked if it would work. I was told yes which was opposite the information I had found online. Oh well. I was told to go to a local computer shop and print the information and return before 3 PM. I found the Internet store but it was not opening until 11:00. I decided to have tea and relax. I finally got it all printed and was back at the counter at 11:20.
I turned in my paperwork and was told I would have an interview Tuesday morning at 10:00AM and if all went well I would get my visa on Thursday.
My interview Tuesday morning was quick. I arrived at 9:50 AM and was on my way home by 9:54AM. Not bad for a 10:00Am appointment! I am not sure why they conduct an interview. I was asked questions that were on my application: Purpose of travel? Are you going alone? Wow! Do you have friends in China? What cities will you be visiting? Do you have confirmation of hotels and flights? Any questions? They only concern I had was if my unemployed job status required proof of funds. I had read online that you had to provide a financial statement. I was told that was not required but the woman returned my bank statement. I was instructed to return on Thursday to collect my passport and pay the fee, $164.
I visited a few tourist sites but spent my time relaxing and enjoying the city. I visited the Kings Palace, Petronas Towers, KLCC, Chinatown and tea tasting.
I also decided where to go before my trip to China. I did not have time to see everything before I left for China. I decided to go to Borneo before China. Afterwards I will go to Bali and Gilli Islands in Indonesia for 2 weeks. Then, on to Eastern Europe.
On Thursday morning, I returned to pick-up my passport. I was the 6th person in line and was in and out in 5 minutes. I got my visa! Yippee! I returned to the hotel, grabbed my backpack and headed to the airport for my flight to Kota Kinabalu, Borneo! I was Borneo bound!