by ‘Canadian Ginger’ (AKA D’vora Charness)
I was always told that in order to prepare for a trip everything must be done and taken care of within the week of leaving, especially if it’s a trip overseas. So I thought I was being really good the week before I left to Montreal for Passover vacation. I got all the forms I needed to fill out done, I got my banking all sorted, I bought everything I needed ect. My flight back to Montreal was at 7am on Thursday morning, meaning I had to leave my apartment at 3 in order to make sure I was on time to be at Ben Gurion Airport by 4. I got to the airport with plenty of time to spare. Got in line to the check in counter. In Israel before you are able to reach the counter, there are always airport security personnel there asking you questions and checking your passport. They ask questions like where do you live, where are you going, do you speak Hebrew…typical airport stuff. This time she took one look at my passport and said “umm you know this expired a week ago right?” Now because I am an Israeli citizen I am only able to leave and return to the country with my Israeli passport. So when I offered her my Canadian passport she said that won’t work.
At this point I am freaking out and she leaves with my Israeli passport. I am standing in Ben Gurion Airport, bags packed and ready to go to Montreal WITH NO PASSPORT! As I am alone I find it appropriate to burst into tears and play the “dumb Canadian” card so as to get some help. And it worked! The woman came back and told me I had to go upstairs to the Ministry of Interior and they would sort out a new passport for me. Surprisingly it was open at 4am and an even better surprise that for the first time since moving to Israel I didn’t have to wait in line for an hour to get something done!! 350 shekels (about 100$) later I was given a sticker in my passport as an extension for 2 years and I was on my way back to Montreal! It is FREEZING here might I add!!!