I’m off travelling around the world next week- so I hope that this doesn’t happen to me.
A backpacker was reportedly denied entry into Kazakhstan after officials believed New Zealand was not a real country. Whoops.
After landing at Almaty airport, the woman was questioned about the legitimacy of her passport. Airport security claimed that New Zealand was a state of Australia- and was therefore refused entry into Kazakhstan.
If you know anyone from the country, I’m sure that you’ll be aware of the fact they get constantly asked if they’re Australian. But this immigration officer really took the p*ss when he claimed that New Zealand was a state. Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.
In an interview, Chloe said:
“I got to an immigration booth and they asked me for an Australian passport, and told me I couldn’t come in without an Australian passport. They said, ‘New Zealand’s clearly a part of Australia.”
If I was in this situation, I would just get out Google Maps on my iPhone and show them. Luckily for Chloe, there was a map on the wall behind the immigration officer. But unluckily for her, New Zealand wasn’t on the map. But after being kept in the airport for 36 hours, she was finally released. Her reason for release is perfectly understandable:
“The people I knew in Kazakhstan got me a new type of visa and paid the right people and got me out. That’s probably the easiest explanation.”