A Kiwi tourist who travelled to Kazakhstan was interrogated by officials in the central Asian country who did not believe New Zealand was a sovereign state.
Instead, immigration officers at Almaty Airport thought Aotearoa was a state of Australia and held Chloe Phillips-Harris, 28, for two days.
The self-described adventurer arrived in Kazakhstan in May to discover and travel around the mountainous country.
She said to make matters worse, a world map hanging in the immigration interview room had missed off New Zealand.
“I got to an immigration booth and they asked me for an Australian passport, and told me I couldn’t come in without an Australian passport,” she told NZME.
“They said New Zealand’s…
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