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Treatment a disgrace.

I have a Thai fiancee who has lived with me in Bahrain for two years. Given that I work in Saudi Arabia, I cannot process a visa for her. She has travelled back and forth to Thailand every month, following the rules for travelling on a tourist visa.

When she arrived in Bahrain last time, she was denied entry for no reason. Immigration didn't even open her passport, just said: "Thailand not allowed".

For the record, she has a valid UK visa and recently travelled to Europe on a Schengen visa. She was also in possession of a return air ticket, a copy of our rental agreement for our apartment in Bahrain, a guarantee letter from me to immigration authorities, my passport copy and sufficient cash and credit cards to cover her stay.

I tried to contact the immigration at the airport but to no avail. Customer service at the airport told me that they never answer the phone.

To make matters worse, she was taken into custody, locked in a room with no food or drinks for eight hours and then escorted to the aircraft like a criminal.

This treatment is totally unacceptable and is a shame on the good name of Bahrain.

The Thai Embassy cannot help as they have been given no information on any ban on tourists from Thailand not being allowed.

It's time the immigration authorities and the government issued some guidance as to whether the previous visa arrangements are valid or not.


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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Jun 20, 2010
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