Another airport, another problem!!
Trip Start Apr 20, 2007
32Trip End Sep 20, 2007
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On my arrival at Bangkok airport this morning I was told by the check in staff that I had no visa to enter Australia on my passport so I wouldn't be able to travel there. I showed them my receipts from STA Travel for a visa and told them that I was assured it had all been taken care of. This unsurprisingly wasn't of any concern to the check in staff and they suggested I contact STA travel direct. So I went and bought an international phonecard but being a Sunday, all I got from STA travel was a series of answerphone messages and no 24 hour helpline number(great service)!!! Seeing that I had a long wait in Singapore, the Bangkok staff suggested I still catch my plane to Singapore and use my 10 hour wait sorting out a travel visa for Australia
After about 4 hours of trying to sort this out, I was left with two options: Go to the Australian embassy in a taxi and hope they would be able to do something with my receipts meaning I could get a visa, or fork out 50 dollars for another one. Not having a clue how far the embassy was I decided the safest option was to pay for my second Australia visa in a month! (STA Travel will be hearing from me about this!).
I'm boarding my flight shortly, I've done about twenty laps of Singapore airport, firstly sorting out a visa, and secondly to kill the six hours I had until my flight once I had one!
If anyone ever needs any tips about where the various desks, shops and toilets are around Singapore International Airport, I'm your man!!!