Passport rip leaves TikTok creator unable to fly to Thailand

TikTok creator couldn't travel to Thailand due to passport rip, screen grab.

A passport rip left a TikTok creator unable to fly to Thailand. Arabella Leat’s holiday plans to Thailand with her mum were ruined due to the small rip on her passport, the UK tabloid Daily Star reported.

The young woman was left disappointed and unable to board her flight after airport staff deemed her passport unfit for travel.

Arabella posted a TikTok video of her ordeal earlier this week. In the video, Arabella can be seen packing her bags and getting excited about the upcoming holiday, only to be told she couldn’t board the plane due to the damaged passport.


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In the video, Arabella said…

“Little does my mum know I will be the world’s most disappointing daughter later on in the day.”

Arabella threw her vape pen away, as they are banned in Thailand. She then heads to the airport with her mum and after having drinks, they are informed that Arabella cannot fly due to the passport issue. Her mum was then forced to fly to Thailand alone, leaving Arabella at the airport as she “tried not to cry.”

Arabella shared her experience as a warning to others to be careful with their passports. She urged her followers to take care of their passports and ensure they are not damaged or ripped, as it can cause significant problems.

While Arabella managed to order a new passport and received a text message saying that it was on its way. Arabella said her new passport would hopefully “arrive in the next few days.” With the Passport Office going on strike for five weeks in April and May, delays in getting new passports were expected.

In the comments section of her TikTok video, some people noted that new passports are taking up to 10 weeks to arrive. However, others suggested solutions, such as ordering a passport online or visiting the British Embassy to get a passport done on the same day.

Luckily, Arabella later posted another video, saying that her passport had arrived.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.