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A viral clip of an Indonesian girl‘s outcry on social media, claiming her honeymoon journey to Thailand collapsed as a result of her husband was denied entry for not carrying money, sparked vital consideration. Nevertheless, Thai immigration authorities have debunked the story as a fabrication for content material creation, additional uncovering that the girl is a frequent traveller to Thailand and a web based service provider.

The incident unfolded when the Indonesian Embassy in Thailand issued a warning to its residents planning to go to Thailand to hold their passports, journey itineraries, and adequate funds to keep away from being deported by Thai immigration. Following this advisory, a clip posted by an Indonesian vacationer, underneath the TikTok username Herjastipbkk, went viral.

Within the video, she claimed that in her January honeymoon journey to Thailand, she handed by immigration, however her husband was detained and deported for not having money available. Regardless of her makes an attempt to withdraw cash from an ATM to show their funds, her husband was nonetheless despatched again, which led to the cancellation of their journey, they usually opted to honeymoon in Japan as a substitute.

The video went viral in Indonesia, garnering 24.5K views and 1,476 feedback, casting a unfavorable mild on Thai tourism and immigration.

On February 29, Thai Immigration Police Division 2 chief and spokesman revealed that after investigating the claims made by the Indonesian vacationer, it was found that the girl, named right here as Farida (a pseudonym), had travelled alone to Thailand by way of Don Mueang Airport on flight FD395 from Jakarta on January 4. CCTV footage confirmed no proof of her husband accompanying her, opposite to her allegations.

She was granted entry into Thailand and left the nation on January 16, after a 13-day keep, not instantly as she had claimed within the clip. The investigation additionally discovered that Farida regularly travelled to Thailand and speculated that she concocted the story to generate content material for her on-line enterprise, reported KhaoSod.

Immigration procedures

A gathering was held yesterday, February 28, attended by the Indonesian Embassy’s consultant and Thai tourism officers, the place Thai immigration clarified their procedures. They emphasised that the main focus throughout immigration checks is totally on journey plans and lodging bookings, with money simply being a supplementary factor since many travellers now use bank cards and e-payment programs.

They famous that foreigners are sometimes denied entry for failing to current legitimate journey plans or lodging bookings, generally making an attempt to deceive officers with faux paperwork. Some Indonesian residents have been tricked into flying to Thailand with the intent to cross over to neighbouring international locations for name centre jobs, a state of affairs that poses a threat of human trafficking.

The Indonesian Embassy had beforehand thanked Thai immigration for screening and stopping such incidents.

Thai Immigration welcomed Indonesian vacationers and confirmed the federal government’s visa-free coverage. The Tourism Authority of Thailand acknowledged the readability supplied by immigration and deliberate to tell the Minister of Tourism and Sports activities in regards to the measures and the discussions that had taken place.

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