Couple stranded in Peru for 'illegal' entry

Couple stranded in Peru for 'illegal' entry

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A Taiwanese couple on honeymoon have been barred from leaving Peru for more than a week after entering the South American country through the wrong area at the airport, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The couple, Chan The-hsing and Lin Li-hsiang, flew from Argentina to Peru on May 6, but claimed the confusing design of the Lima airport resulted in their transferring to a domestic flight without going through immigration checks, the United Evening News said.

They were puzzled by the fact that their passports had not been checked and stamped, but airport security and airline staff told them that the immigration procedure was unnecessary, the paper said.

However, when they tried to leave Peru on May 9, they were detained for having entered the country illegally.

Since then, with help from Taiwan's representative office in Lima, they have explained the mistake to Peruvian immigration authorities and produced proof from the airline of how they arrived in the country.

But the Peruvian authorities have remained unconvinced and refused to let them leave, the paper said, adding that the Taiwan representative office has suggested the couple employ a lawyer to help them.

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