Well, the day finally arrived for our scheduled meeting with DIMAS to request an extension of our stay. The following summarises the day.
We arrived Sep14th and were refused our normal stay of up to 180 days even though we own 2 Villas here. We were instructed to go to DIMAS in Oranjestaad.
We attempted phoning for an appointment. Phones were not answered. We finally found out they were on strike.
After the strike, the new DIMAS building was closed due to smells and leaks.
Finally we were able to get an appointment using the DIMAS website. This is the only way they will give an appointment.
We were concerned that the length of time from our arrival until DEC 2 was going to go against us. We need not have worried. DIMAS gave all tourists an automatic 90 day extension due to their problems.
So on to today:
We go to the DIMAS building. Front doors are locked and a handwritten sign with a green arrow pointing to the right. We walk right and around the building and on that door is a sign to go to another location.
Off we go and find the other location. We line up and wait. Finally we get to reception where we are informed to go to another building. We drive through the back of Oranjestaad and finally reach a non descript building with no signage. In we go.
We get to finally meet `the one`who decides these extensions.
We have passports, property ownership documents etc. We are asked for Travel insurance for the period of the extension, return airline tickets etc. We are then told that a particular form is required and that we needed to go to yet another location to purchase it. This we do. After that we need tohave 3 photos taken and attached to the form. After that we need to go to the tax office to pay 163Afl each in order to get the extension permit. After getting a formal receipt we return to DIMAS location 3 where all this started.
Total time from start to finish 4hours
The DIMAS people told me that soon the system may change as the Minister is investigating, but when we return, if the changes don`t happen, we will need to repeat this whole process!!!!!