In what can be a valuable immigration lesson for all immigrants, an incident of an elderly couple being abruptly removed off a cruise ship has been reported. They had just begun their journey and were left abandoned in South Korea.
The mistake committed by them is a valuable immigration lesson for all immigrants said Michelle Couch-Friedman. She represents Elliott Advocacy consumer rights group that failed to obtain compensation for the distressed couple.
US national William Coates aged 71 years and his wife booked Holland America Line cruise trip for 14 days. This was for Japan, Korea, and China in October on the Westerdam cruise ship.
The couple reached Japan by air and boarded the ship at Yokohama. They commenced the voyage as the ship cruised to South Korea. But on the 3rd day of the voyage, they were informed that they will be removed from the ship at the Pusan port in South Korea. The reason the Coates was given was that they did not have the required Visas to arrive in China.
The couple claimed that they were unaware of this requirement while Holland America denied this. The company said that they had informed the couple well in advance through email alerts regarding the Visas.
Michelle Couch-Friedman said that travelers must read the finely printed clauses of their booking very carefully. These state that they are responsible for their Visas, as quoted by the News Con Au.
Overseas travelers must also remember that having a passport is not adequate. They must ensure that there are a fixed number of months remaining prior to its expiry. This varies from one nation to the other. It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure the same and not of their travel from or booking agent.
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