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Warning: Maldives can deny entry for no reason

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Warning: Maldives can deny entry for no reason

We just bought one of our employees - a university graduate computer engineer - a trip to the Maldives. He took a flight from Malaysia, and wasn't allowed in. He was sent back on the next flight.

The excuse? Not enough money in his pocket. Which is totally false. He had a pre-paid hotel room (including breakfast that we paid for in advance), an onward plane ticket, and US$1500 in spending money - more than enough to buy the two meals a day he needed to buy during his eight day visit.

We certainly will not be including the Maldives in any future company-sponsored events. And we would caution anyone travelling there to rethink doing so if they are not holding at least $3500 in cash upon arrival at what would appear to be becoming once of the world's least welcoming airports.

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21. Re: Warning: Maldives can deny entry for no reason

I agree with the others that something just isn't adding up. I always place a copy of my resort reservations along with my passport and have never been asked about the amount of cash I'm carrying. Most visitors have either prepaid their trip in full or have a credit card to cover their expenses anyways. There's very little sense in carrying a large amount of money to the Maldives.

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22. Re: Warning: Maldives can deny entry for no reason

Kanthony,

i agree, ANY country in the world can deny entry whenever they want for whatever reason they want.

BUT it is HIGHLY and i mean HIGHLY unusual that a tourist destination such as Maldives (seychelles or Mauritius etc) denies entry to someone who already has all the hotels paid for, return ticket paid for, and has enough money (more than required) in his pocket... WITHOUT a valid reason. suspected terrorist? Criminal records? relation/friend of the former president of a political party, a journalist/blogger who wrote against the current government or their religion etc. was carrying drugs, sex toys or pornographic material etc. There is ALWAYS a reason, and a valid one for the security officer on duty, who has to sign off on, why this person was denied entry.

And a little note for all those who are saying "rubbish, i have never been asked how much money i am carrying with me" of course not, they do that only with brown people like me. lol i still have to meet an european or american who has had problems entering in to holiday destinations. lol

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23. Re: Warning: Maldives can deny entry for no reason

im quite tanned too

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24. Re: Warning: Maldives can deny entry for no reason

I once got pulled at Manchester airport - on the way out - and asked how much cash I had on me...

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25. Re: Warning: Maldives can deny entry for no reason

Twice I've been searched at the gate in the UK airport when travelling to American on my own. And once I had my suitcase searched when I arrived in America. Admittedly it wasn't holiday states like Florida. And I'm not brown, except when I've been in the sun :-)

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26. Re: Warning: Maldives can deny entry for no reason

"I once got pulled at Manchester airport - on the way out -"

LOL

true, USA would be the only exception where everyone gets treated the same way. lol

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27. Re: Warning: Maldives can deny entry for no reason

When entering the US I always got the impression that you were assumed to be a criminal until proved otherwise. As another aside, I can remember the days that when entering the UK you only had to wave your passport and they'd let you through.

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28. Re: Warning: Maldives can deny entry for no reason

I was pulled aside at heathrow and asked how much cash I was carrying and if it was over some crazy amount like 10 k, by some very different officers to the normal ones who had come to the gate and waited for me as I boarded, And I'm as white as they come. I was then searched, obviously suspected I was money laundering ( no clue why, genuinely).

So although I am sure profiling exists, and sorry I believe for good reason, it's not restrictive ie only some groups, everyone gets it., I am also not able to check in on line for any flight to America or out of America, I need additional security at the gate, am not" eligable" so suspect I have a name similar to someone in the no fly list, but it's never an issue, it just takes me a few more mins more than others, with some additional documentation to prove my identity, although it is irritating.

The point being, as long as you are innocent, then there is nothing to worry about, and you are soon on your way. If you are suspicious, for whatever reason ie possibly working there or false travel documents and you come across as suspicious, then you have a problem on your hands. However as shawn says, there is always a reason, and it's not "not enough money", when you have the cash and the prepaid hotel. It's something else, not being mentioned here.

As said, I suspect this is work related. No ones dream trip to the Maldives has their entire stay at a three star at the airport. Particularly not when the booker ( supervisor) has been twice before and knows the islands.

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29. Re: Warning: Maldives can deny entry for no reason

u lot have seen nothing. You should have flown to and from Belfast during the 80s and 90s and into the States. Being kept for 4 hrs in USA (pre 9/11) with a FULL body search was not unusual (and im not even Irish/N Irish!!!)!!)

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