One Thai Lady's Experience Entering
I recently helped my TG to get a tourist visa
for Australia. It was approved and she visited Australia for 4
weeks. Due to the circumstances she needed to travel to
Australia alone. This is the experience that my Thai lady had
Before I left Thailand I gave her
a letter for her to show immigration that stated that she was
coming to Australia to visit me and that I would be paying all
her expenses. I also sent her a partially filled out arrivals
card. Prior to her coming I had told her what she might
encounter when she arrived. At first she dismissed what I was
telling her might happen.
I had booked her on a direct
Bangkok to Perth flight. She arrived on time at about 7:30am
and I was at the airport to pick her up. She later told me that
there were very few Thai people on the flight. While I was
waiting for her I only seen a few Thai people and they appeared
to be Thai couples on package holidays.
She arrived at immigration and
showed her passport. There are no questions here and her
passport was stamped and she was allowed through. At this point
she was thinking that it was easy and everything I have told
her was a incorrect. She hadn’t taken more than 5 steps before
she was pounced on by an immigration officer. She was asked
many questions at this point and the list below covers most of
Why you come to
How long you stay?
Where you stay?
What you do while you are
Who you see while
How you pay your
Will you work while you are
What you do in
Do you have a job?
What is the name of the place
where you work?
Once it was established that she
was here to see me there were more specific questions
How long she had known
How many times I had seen her in
Where did I live?
What I did for work?
How old was I?
Did I fill out the arrival card
Since I had filled in the card
for her they asked if she understood the questions on the
I am sure there were other
questions but she probably forgot some or I have. I think those
listed covers most of what was asked.
OK, she passed that hurdle with
little problem and she was allowed to collect her bag. While
she waited at the carousel for her bag the immigration guy
stood behind her. At this stage she was thinking ‘O’ my Buddha,
maybe I hab ploblem!!’
I had told her once she had her
bag to head for the nothing to declare exit. The immigration
guy said that she had to go down the red channel. Here they
were met by another guy (I can only assume that he was with
customs) and the same questions were again asked. This guy was
a lot more serious than the immigration guy and scared her a
little. While the interrogation was taking place they went
through all of her belongings. Some of the questions were asked
a little different and obviously intended to expose any lies
that she had previously told.
At two points in the events her
details were taken away. I think the immigration guy took her
arrival card away at the first contact and then the customs guy
took the letter away that I had given her. I am going to make
assumptions here and they may be wrong. I believe that when the
arrivals card was taken away the guy was comparing what she had
told him with what was on her visa application. Since my
contact details and passport number were on the letter that I
gave her I assume the guy was checking my details.
I think she did really well. She
kept her cool and joked a little with the immigration guy who
did the same with her. She said he was funny. Despite the
special attention she got she was with me in good time. In fact
if she had of gone through the green channel I suspect it would
have taken longer.
Now these are my thoughts on her
experience. I believe that she was treated fairly and with
respect by both of the guys. These people have a job to do and
I have no problem with that. I do however believe that she was
pre-selected for special treatment. She was a single TG and no
doubt she stuck out like dogs balls on the passenger
I have spoken to others who
arrived in Australia with their TGs and their experience
entering Australia was much easier.
Anyway she got through and we had
a great time together for the 4 weeks that she was in
Now here is the bit that did
surprise me. I spoke to her just after she arrived back in
Thailand. She told me that she was asked a similar list of
questions (but not about me) when she left. I can only assume
that it was to verify what she had said on the way into the