Former Miss Universe Australia Tegan Martin is stranded in Bali after a passport issue meant she was unable to fly out of the Indonesian island.
The 26-year-old Newcastle local took to Instagram hours ago to reveal that immigration officials at Denpasar airport stopped her from boarding her flight back to Australia because her passport appeared wet.
“Wasn’t allowed on my flight due to this watermark in the corner of my passport. Has this happened to anyone else?” Martin asked her 117k followers while sharing a photo of her passport on Instagram Stories.
According to the Australian Passport Office, normal wear and tear should not be a problem, as long as there are no tears in the pages, especially the photo page. Everything on the photo page needs to be legible and clear.
In a since-deleted video, Martin also expressed her disappointment at not being able to return to Australia.
“So looks like I’m going to be in Bali for a little bit longer than expected,” she said. “Thank you for everyone’s concern and for everyone’s advice, looks like this happened to a few people.”
Another reason Martin was in a rush to return to Australia was because she was scheduled to attend a charity event hosted by her good friend, Donny Gallea.
“I’m going to be missing my gorgeous friend Donny’s family charity gala tonight so I’m devastated about that I was really looking forward to it,” Martin said of the event, which will help raise awareness for breast cancer and suicide prevention.
The plus side to her ordeal is that Martin could continue her “super-last minute” holiday for a while longer, one that she says has been full of self-reflection and discovery, following her recent split from trainer Blake Worrall Thompson.
“Today I am grateful for [loveheart emoji]. This tropical warm weather + sun on my skin,” she wrote on Instagram just yesterday. “The beautiful staff here at @blisssanctuaryforwomen who give me cuddles every day. To be served lemon waters & fresh coconuts instead of cocktails on a holiday. To the beautiful married couple I sat next to on my flight over who are still checking up on me. For new discoveries about myself in this environment that has given me the space to sit in peace & reflect on my life.”
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