MAFS bride says she was 'cheated out of $1,000' by Thailand airport

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A Married At First Sight star’s relaxing holiday in Thailand came to a grinding halt on Monday after a frustrating incident at the airport.

Cathy Evans, who spent the past two weeks in Phuket and Bangkok with her boyfriend, arrived at an unnamed Thai airport ahead of her flight home to Sydney on Monday.

But she failed to lodge her Digital Passenger Declaration (known as a DPD) before checking in for her flight – a mistake which left her scrambling at the last minute.

Nightmare: Former Married At First Sight star Cathy Evans' relaxing holiday in Thailand came to a grinding halt on Monday after a frustrating incident at the airport

Nightmare: Former Married At First Sight star Cathy Evans’ relaxing holiday in Thailand came to a grinding halt on Monday after a frustrating incident at the airport 

She also claims to have been ‘cheated’ out of $1,000 in VAT (value-added tax) due to a ‘sneaky’ tactic used by Thai airport officials.

‘Had a nightmare experience at the airport,’ Cathy, 28, wrote on Instagram on Monday, alongside a close-up photo of herself sitting in the terminal.

‘Make sure, Australians, to submit your DPD prior to check-in. I had no idea about this and nothing has been mentioned about creating an account with the Australian Department of Home Affairs.’

'Had a nightmare experience': Posting to Instagram on Monday, Cathy explained she had unknowingly failed to lodge her Digital Passenger Declaration before checking in for her flight

‘Had a nightmare experience’: Posting to Instagram on Monday, Cathy explained she had unknowingly failed to lodge her Digital Passenger Declaration before checking in for her flight 

While Cathy claims she was not aware of the rules surrounding DPD submissions, the Department of Home Affairs website clearly states that overseas passengers arriving in Australia must lodge this document before departing.

‘Passengers who do not complete a DPD before departing may face unnecessary delays on arrival in Australia,’ the website warns.

Cathy went on to complain about missing out on recouping her VAT after being given incorrect instructions by airport staff.

Hmm: While Cathy claims she was not aware of the rules surrounding DPD submissions, the Department of Home Affairs website clearly states that overseas passengers arriving in Australia must lodge this document before departing

Hmm: While Cathy claims she was not aware of the rules surrounding DPD submissions, the Department of Home Affairs website clearly states that overseas passengers arriving in Australia must lodge this document before departing

Not happy: Cathy went on to complain about missing out on recouping her VAT after being given incorrect instructions by airport staff

Not happy: Cathy went on to complain about missing out on recouping her VAT after being given incorrect instructions by airport staff

‘And for VAT tax back – I just got cheated [out] of $1,000 back, as you must get items searched with a stamp of declaration (there was nowhere for us to do this though – we were told to check in, then go through customs and go to the VAT office near the gate),’ she said. 

‘So just be very mindful when you want to claim back your VAT! I swear it was done sneakily in a way so they didn’t have to give our money back and because we had so much to claim back.’

This isn’t the first time Cathy has aired her frustrations about international travel. 

Debate: This isn't the first time Cathy has aired her frustrations about international travel

Debate: This isn’t the first time Cathy has aired her frustrations about international travel

She had sparked a lively debate as she flew from Phuket to Bangkok on Sunday.

The socialite took to Instagram to detail her nightmare journey, complaining about a young child misbehaving in the seat behind her.

She asked her 189,000 followers if they thought the situation was ‘socially acceptable’.

Not happy: She had sparked a lively debate as she flew from Phuket to Bangkok on Sunday

Not happy: She had sparked a lively debate as she flew from Phuket to Bangkok on Sunday

Question: Cathy took to Instagram to complain about a young child misbehaving in the seat behind her, asking fans if they thought the situation was'socially acceptable'

Question: Cathy took to Instagram to complain about a young child misbehaving in the seat behind her, asking fans if they thought the situation was ‘socially acceptable’

‘Point of view: For the entire duration of the flight, the child is rapid kicking the back of your seat; however, the back is thin so you feel every kick to the spine,’ she said.

‘The child then starts slapping the tops of everyone’s heads seated in front of him. Noise is insatiable. Begins tagging the walls of the plane, their table then your arms.’

She added that she ‘glanced over at the parent to hint at them to stop their child’, but found herself at the receiving end of ‘abuse’.

The results are in! After three hours, 96 per cent of those who voted on her Instagram poll said it was'absolutely not' acceptable, while just four per cent voted that'this is fine'

The results are in! After three hours, 96 per cent of those who voted on her Instagram poll said it was ‘absolutely not’ acceptable, while just four per cent voted that ‘this is fine’

She concluded her post with: ‘Is this socially acceptable?’

After three hours, 96 per cent of those who voted on her Instagram poll said it was ‘absolutely not’ acceptable, while just four per cent voted that ‘this is fine’.

Cathy hails from New Zealand, and is of Welsh and Thai heritage. She rose to fame in 2020 on Married At First Sight with ex-‘husband’ Josh Pihlak. 

Remember them? Cathy hails from New Zealand, and is of Welsh and Thai heritage. She rose to fame in 2020 on Married At First Sight with ex-'husband' Josh Pihlak (right)

Remember them? Cathy hails from New Zealand, and is of Welsh and Thai heritage. She rose to fame in 2020 on Married At First Sight with ex-‘husband’ Josh Pihlak (right)

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