You’d think I’d know better, I’ve been around a bit, but did I make sure I had the right visa requirements to enter Australia? Did I bollocks.
The first clue we had was when we rushed through the departure at Dubai, the chap made me promise that I had done my ETA subclass 601. Of course I agreed, we had 13 minutes to board the plane 😂
So when we arrived in Bangkok I thought I’d Google it and see what I needed. Well the hotel didn’t have Wi-Fi and it was midnight and we had to have room service and get some sleep… so I left it til the morning.
Went to the Wi-Fi hotspot in the hotel lobby, and found out that we need the ETA in order to be accepted on our flight in 9 hours. Wtf. I quickly put the 6 applications in and was told it takes 24 hours to be approved 🤤😱
My head (and Mark) was telling me that we’re screwed but what could we do? So we wandered in to downtown Bangkok for some street food. Why not? 😁 (while growing a fair few grey hairs and worry lines).
We had a ball. We crammed all of us in to a Tuk-Tuk (“yeah, no problem Leicester!” Was the response all day to my 7 year old Tombo, who was sporting his Leicester city top 😍) and it sure was an experience.
We had bbq pork on a stick and visited a local loo (😨) and had a boat tour and walked thru Chinatown and it was definitely an experience. Whistle stop Bangkok.
Got to the airport with my heart in my mouth.. checked in… And of the 6 of us, Fred and Joe’s visa had not yet been approved 🙈🙊 and we were asked to wait to one side while they contacted Sydney visa office 🤤
Literally in the same couple of minutes, I got an email (thank God for free airport wifi) to tell me all 6 visas had been approved. I have earned this wine 🥂
The moral of this tale is to ALWAYS CHECK WHAT VISAS YOU NEED! Don’t fly by the seat of your pants cos the chances are you’ll leave skiddies 😂😝
Sydney, I’m not sure you’re ready for us 😂 xx