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Elderly UK Couple Sent Back from Goa Airport on Same Flight They Arrived on Due to 5 Minute Delay

The couple, Ned Beercroft and his wife Margaret, were rejected entry into India due to a glitch in their Visa. The date of entry on the Visa had expired just five minutes before they checked into the country.

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Updated:May 29, 2018, 8:33 PM IST
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Elderly UK Couple Sent Back from Goa Airport on Same Flight They Arrived on Due to 5 Minute Delay
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A 77-year-old UK couple’s dream holiday plans in India were shot down after authorities at Goa Airport refused to allow them in and sent them back on the same 10-hours long flight that the two had arrived on.

The couple, Ned Beercroft and his wife Margaret, were rejected entry into India due to a glitch in their Visas. The date of entry on the Visas had expired just five minutes before they checked into the country.

The error occurred due to the time difference between Goa and Gatwick (about 4 hours 30 minutes) the place where the couple flew from at 9.15 am on March 21. They only reached India at 00.05 am on March 22.

Since the date of arrival on their visas was for March 21, the couple were rejected entry into the country and sent back on the same 10-hour long flight that they had arrived on from Gatwick.

Both Ned and Margaret have allegedly been ill ever since the incident.

The couple has complained to the Indian Embassy about their ordeal but has not heard back from them yet, The Sun reported.
According to the report, the couple had allegedly splurged on a £2,000 holiday package in a hotel in Goa and they had to return without any refunds.

“It’s not good for anyone to be on a plane for that long, let alone when you get to our age. Why they had to send us home for the sake of five minutes on a piece of paper is beyond us.” The hassled couple told The Sun.

The couple, who were both dyslexic, had got a friend to fill out the visa details online for them.

“We’ve wanted to go to India for ages, but we’re certainly not going back now,” Ned, who is a retired moving man from Kent, asserted.

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