Georgia Toffolo soaks up sun on Maldives Christmas trip after Malé airport detention centre release

Georgia Toffolo has shared snaps of her idyllic Maldives Christmas trip to Instagram after she was released from Malé airport’s detention centre on Sunday.

The former Made In Chelsea star, 25, who ‘cried for nine hours’ after she was banned from flying due to a damaged passport, put the ordeal behind her as she she soaked up the sun.

In one snap, Georgia looked into the distance for a candid selfie as she wore a floral sundress, adding a slick of radiant makeup and pushing her blonde locks away from her face.  

Idyllic: Georgia Toffolo has shared snaps of her idyllic Maldives Christmas trip to Instagram after she was released from Malé airport's detention centre on Sunday

Idyllic: Georgia Toffolo has shared snaps of her idyllic Maldives Christmas trip to Instagram after she was released from Malé airport’s detention centre on Sunday

She captioned it: ‘Merry Christmas❤️.’ 

While in another photo, the I’m A Celebrity winner posed on a swing as she wore a stunning rose patterned chiffon top with a peach skirt.

Georgia also shared some videos of her idyllic holiday location, sunbathing in front of the crystal clear ocean and tucking into a delicious meal with friends. 

It comes after she was finally released from immigration detention at Malé airport in the Maldives on Sunday.

Radiant: The former Made In Chelsea star, 25, who 'cried for nine hours' after she was banned from flying due to a damaged passport, put the ordeal behind her as she she soaked up the sun

Radiant: The former Made In Chelsea star, 25, who ‘cried for nine hours’ after she was banned from flying due to a damaged passport, put the ordeal behind her as she she soaked up the sun

Dreamy: Georgia also shared some videos of her idyllic holiday location, sunbathing in front of the crystal clear ocean and tucking into a delicious meal with friends

Dreamy: Georgia also shared some videos of her idyllic holiday location, sunbathing in front of the crystal clear ocean and tucking into a delicious meal with friends

Earlier in the day, the distressed star, 25, tearfully pleaded for help as she was banned from catching further flights due to a page falling out of her passport.

And after ‘crying for nine hours’, the media personality expressed her gratitude towards her fans and the British government for their support, and surprisingly revealed she even ended up ‘having a laugh’ with the immigration officers. 

Alongside a beaming snap of herself, the former Made In Chelsea star took to Instagram to detail how she’d been freed from the scary ordeal.

In better spirits: It comes after she was finally released from immigration detention at Malé airport in the Maldives on Sunday

In better spirits: It comes after she was finally released from immigration detention at Malé airport in the Maldives on Sunday

Georgia wrote: ‘I am typing this having just been released from immigration detention! I can't quite believe it. I was genuinely trying to come to terms with spending the next… however long… in an immigration detention centre.

‘Thank you so much to everyone who helped me. If I hadn't posted online I would 100% still be stuck without my passport!’

Insisting she wouldn’t have been released if it wasn’t for her social media presence, the petite star added: ‘This scares me because it is such a privilege to have a following on social media – people can hear me.  

Ordeal: Earlier in the day, the distressed star, 25, tearfully pleaded for help as she was banned from catching further flights due to a page falling out of her passport

Ordeal: Earlier in the day, the distressed star, 25, tearfully pleaded for help as she was banned from catching further flights due to a page falling out of her passport.

‘What if I didn't have a social media following? I can't bear to think of another girl in the situation I found myself in where no one can hear you.’

Despite being detained for nearly half a day, the blonde still managed to thank the Maldivian government for allowing her to stay in the ‘beautiful’ country.

She elaborated: ‘Extremely grateful that the British government worked with Maldivian representatives. Pushed by the UK press too (so epic thank you!) Also thank you to Maldivian immigration for letting me in to your beautiful country!

‘In spite of me crying for 9 hours and scaring everyone at the airport, I made some lovely friends (the group of 7 airport guys that didn't leave me while I was wailing) on reflection they couldn't leave me, because I was being detained. 

Thankful: The media personality expressed her gratitude towards her fans and the British government for their support

Thankful: The media personality expressed her gratitude towards her fans and the British government for their support

‘But still they were kind. They ran me through the best bits of the potential prison I was almost spending Christmas in, every cloud etc!

‘I even had a laugh with the immigration officers in the end. Oddly excited for the reunion when I leave.’

She ended her post by advising her followers: ‘Please everyone check your passports I didn't realise that 2 pages had fallen out of the centre. SO SO traumatised but grateful thank you thank you thank you. Toff's Christmas is back on.

‘On that note wonder what I would have got on Christmas Day in the detention centre? Trying to make light of it but it was a really horrible experience.’

Just hours earlier, she broke down in tears and frantically took to Twitter for some form of advice or help after her passport was confiscated from her ahead of a flight.

Cry for help: Just hours earlier, she broke down in tears and frantically took to Twitter for some form of advice or help after her passport was confiscated from her ahead of a flight

Cry for help: Just hours earlier, she broke down in tears and frantically took to Twitter for some form of advice or help after her passport was confiscated from her ahead of a flight

She tweeted: ‘I have been detained at Malé airport for a page missing on my passport. I am very scared I don't know what else to do!  

‘I have been here for hours. I am not allowed to board a flight home because of my damaged passport but I am also not allowed to leave the airport. Please help!’

She followed this up with: ‘I have tried so hard to get hold of any British representative here. I am so upset. Thank god I've got my phone. They've taken away my passport… because a page had fallen out!’

At the time of tweeting, Toff had been at the airport for over four hours. She also took to her Instagram stories to document the situation, visibly tearful.

MailOnline approached the Foreign Commonwealth Office for comment at the time of publication. 

After sharing a video being driven to the airport, the former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner recorded an Instagram story in which she explained: ‘Basically my passport was damaged and I am now being effectively deported back to London so any tips on how to get an emergency passport? Because I am not spending Christmas on my own.’

Distressed! 'I have been here for hours. I am not allowed to board a flight home because of my damaged passport but I am also not allowed to leave the airport. Please help!' she posted

She followed this up with: 'I have tried so hard to get hold of any British representative here. I am so upset. Thank god I¿ve got my phone. They¿ve taken away my passport... because a page had fallen out'

Distressed! ‘I have been here for hours. I am not allowed to board a flight home because of my damaged passport but I am also not allowed to leave the airport. Please help!’ she posted

She went on: ‘I've been crying – how embarrassing. Any advice on trying to get an emergency passport tomorrow? How does it work? Do I have to book an appointment? The info online is so confusing!

‘I'd be so grateful for any advice anyone's got. I have planned a lovely Christmas here in the Maldives.Need to get there for Christmas Day basically. Let me know what I should do, absolute shocker.’

A little later, Toff appeared back on her stories and said: ‘Thank you to everyone suggesting I go to the British Embassy. I wasn't allowed to leave the airport in order to get to the British Embassy which isn't even in the Maldives it's in Colombo. Well maybe that is… but you know what I mean, it's not close.’

Tearful: After sharing a video being driven to the airport, the former I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! winner recorded an Instagram story in which she explained - 'Basically my passport was damaged and I am now being effectively deported back to London so any tips on how to get an emergency passport? Because I am not spending Christmas on my own'

Tearful: After sharing a video being driven to the airport, the former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner recorded an Instagram story in which she explained – ‘Basically my passport was damaged and I am now being effectively deported back to London so any tips on how to get an emergency passport? Because I am not spending Christmas on my own’

Helpful? Many suggested she get in touch with her pal Stanley Johnson, Prime Minister Boris' father

Helpful? Many suggested she get in touch with her pal Stanley Johnson, Prime Minister Boris’ father

Clearly getting more and more upset, Toff then reappeared and said, fighting back tears: ‘I'm really trying to hold it together but I have been here for hours and hours and hours. I'm not allowed to leave the airport on any flights because my passport is damaged but I am also not allowed to go into the Maldives.

‘I don't know what to do I am so upset. I have tried so hard to get in touch with any British representative, there is no one here. I just don't know what to do.

‘I'm looking at four days in the centre until the next flight willing to take me home. Can someone help me?’

And then: ‘Oh my god, I have been crying for hours and hours. It's a really horrible situation when you can't go, but I can't leave the airport. So I'm having to spend the night.’

She then appeared outside the terminal, where she explained: ‘I am in the in the detention centre. I find it really horrible. I have asked to speak to a British consulate so many times and they've said no no no.

Detained: Clearly getting more and more upset, Toff then reappeared, fighting back tears

She said: 'I¿m really trying to hold it together but I have been here for hours and hours and hours. I¿m not allowed to leave the airport on any flights because my passport is damaged but I am also not allowed to go into the Maldives'

Detained: Clearly getting more and more upset, Toff then reappeared and said, fighting back tears – ‘I'm really trying to hold it together but I have been here for hours and hours and hours. I'm not allowed to leave the airport on any flights because my passport is damaged but I am also not allowed to go into the Maldives’

'How is this legal?' She then appeared outside the terminal, where she explained - 'I am in the in the detention centre. I find it really horrible. I have asked to speak to a British consulate so many times and they¿ve said no no no'

‘How is this legal?’ She then appeared outside the terminal, where she explained – ‘I am in the in the detention centre. I find it really horrible. I have asked to speak to a British consulate so many times and they've said no no no’

‘And now I'm not allowed back in the departures terminal. It's so bad I don't know how this is even legal!’

Many of her fans suggested she get in touch with her close friend Stanley Johnson, father of the Prime Minister Boris.

Toff met Stanley when they took part in I’m A Celebrity… 2017, and have since appeared together on the likes of Made In Chelsea and Celebrity Hunted.

Others jokingly suggested she shout ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ while various celeb pals weighed in including Nadia Essex and Sarah Locke, the mother of Toff’s MIC co-star Ollie.

According to Gov.uk, a damaged passport cannot be used as proof of identification and can be classed as such if pages are even slightly detached.

She went on: 'Oh my god, I have been crying for hours and hours. It¿s a really horrible situation when you can¿t go, but I can¿t leave the airport. So I¿m having to spend the night'

Ordeal: Toff explained that she faced a four-day wait over the Christmas holiday before anything could be done

She went on: ‘Oh my god, I have been crying for hours and hours. It's a really horrible situation when you can't go, but I can't leave the airport. So I'm having to spend the night’

‘In the case of damaged passports, the rules are almost identical across the world, but the level of stringency varies,’ a spokesperson from Qatar Airways told The Independent when one of their reporters suffered a similar issue. ‘Damaged passports and pleading passengers have been used as cover for illegal entry and activity in some parts of the world. This is well known, so immigration and security staff are very aware of this as a potential ploy and security threat.

‘Guidelines for assessing a damaged passport, meaning it isn't in a condition to be accepted as proof of identity, may include ANY damage to the bio-data page.’

Airlines can be fined on average £2,780 per passenger if they allow a passenger with a damaged passport to fly and, if the issue is flagged at the destination, they would be responsible for flying them back again – even if this means booting one of their paying travellers out of their seat.

The International Air Transport Association states that approximately 60,000 passengers are turned back at destination or transfer points by immigration authorities each year.

WHAT HM PASSPORT OFFICE SAYS ABOUT DAMAGED PASSPORTS

DAMAGED PASSPORTS

This guidance clarifies the definitions of wear and tear and a damaged passport. It also outlines what you examiners should do if a passport has been submitted for renewal, but it is damaged.

Post Office Ltd staff are not trained to examine a passport for damage. If a passport is obviously damaged they will ask for a countersignature, otherwise they will accept the passport application as a renewal.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF A PASSPORT IS DAMAGED

When an examiner judges that a passport which has been sent for replacement or renewal is damaged, the applicant's identity should be established and the passport cancelled and returned. Read the guidance on cancelling passports.

Damaged passports should not be treated as confidential waste aside from exceptional cases. Destroying damaged passports previously resulted in complaints from applicants who had applied and were expecting their passport to be returned. One complaint was supported by the ombudsman.

As a result, it was decided in 2006 to stop treating damaged passports as confidential waste as no definitive security benefits could be proved to counter the number of complaints generated and the difficulty of applying the policy consistently. You still need to establish identity where an application has a damaged passport.

DEFINITION OF WEAR AND TEAR

When deciding whether a passport falls under wear and tear, examiners should look at the travel history of the document – multiple visas and stamps would indicate heavy use. Wear and tear is therefore more likely.

Passports classed as wear and tear can be accepted as evidence of nationality and identity.

Where a passport has been accepted as evidence of nationality and identity, the passport should be cancelled and returned to the applicant in the normal way.

These applications can be treated as renewals and do not need a countersignature. See counter services and upgrades. Any cases of doubt should be referred to a line manager.

If there is any reasonable doubt then the application should be processed via the Fast Track service.

DEFINITION OF A DAMAGED PASSPORT   

A damaged passport is one which isn't in a condition to be accepted as proof of identity. Damage may include the following:

 – details are indecipherable

 – the laminate has lifted enough to allow the possibility of photo substitution

 – discolouration to the bio-data page

 – chemical or ink spillage on any page

 – missing or detached pages

 – the chip or antenna shows through the end paper on the back cover for the new style e-passports

 – the chip has been identified as damaged after investigation

ESTABLISHING IDENTITY 

If a digitally-issued passport or e-passport is judged as damaged and the application has not been countersigned, the examiner must complete all necessary identity checks against the electronic record. If the record is not on the system (as in some British Overseas Territories Citizen cases), you must ask for a countersignature.

If an older style machine-readable passport is judged as damaged and the application has not been countersigned, identity should be confirmed either by requesting a countersignature or by obtaining the issue file. In counter applications it is normally appropriate to request a countersignature – a re-booking form stating the reason should be completed and agreed by a line manager. In postal applications, it is normally appropriate to obtain the issue file.

If the examiner is satisfied that the application can be passed for issue after making the necessary checks or considering the new countersigned application, the passport should be cancelled and returned. Where there is any doubt, the case should be referred to a line manager.

EXCEPTIONS

Very rarely, a passport sent in for replacement is received in such a poor state that it should be handled as little as possible (e.g. it is already in pieces or is damp). These may continue to be treated as confidential waste.

Passports previously reported stolen that are sent in after a replacement has been issued will not normally be returned to the holder.  

 

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