A Dundee man has warned tourists to plan ahead after a holiday mix-up saw him detained at an immigration centre in Singapore.
David Brown, 24, is currently touring Far East Asia.
After spending time in Thailand, the Dryburgh man left for a three-day jaunt to Singapore.
However, when David touched down in the island city-state, he was denied entry because he had not arranged accommodation and didn’t have an address on his visa slip for the trip.
He ended up being detained in the airport’s immigration facility — spending 24 hours in custody before being allowed to return to Thailand.
David has warned other tourists to make sure they have everything in place prior to arrival. He said: “I had all my belongings taken from me — all I had left was the clothes I was wearing.
“I didn’t have an address on the visa slip because I hadn’t arranged a hotel or hostel.
“I couldn’t even connect to the Wi-Fi in the airport to sort it out — I had to spend the night in the airport’s immigration facility.
“I was with an American guy I met and we had booked a place to stay, but we were on different flights and I hadn’t noted down the details. He had emailed them to me, but I didn’t have internet so I didn’t receive them.
“It was the worst experience ever — I didn’t get to see my backpack for 24 hours and they took my phone and tablet. That being said, I got a shower and a bed, plus food.”
David said that the airline he had flown with intervened and flew him back to Thailand.
He said he has really enjoyed his time in the Far East, but warned people thinking of planning a tour of the region that laws are often strict, adding: “This trip has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life, so I don’t want to come across like I am putting down any of the countries. It is just that places such as Singapore are very strict. It was my fault — I should have had everything sorted.
“At the same time, if they had let me on a PC, then it would have been sorted in five minutes. In the immigration facility, there were 100 people — there was an Australian guy who had been there for weeks because his passport wouldn’t scan.”
David was allowed back into Thailand last Friday and has now headed to Bali to resume his holiday.