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Our Christmas was ruined after we were TERRIBLE from our £15k dream with our kids after Omicron’s travel ban confused

A BRITISH family has been detained and then deported while on their £15,000 dream holiday following a scuffle over the Omicron travel ban.

Steve Goode, 31, and partner Charlotte, 29, from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, say their dream vacation has been turned into a “nightmare” by authorities in Tahiti, French Polynesia.

Steve and family deported from French Polynesia after being told 'you are not welcome' by officials

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Steve and family deported from French Polynesia after being told ‘you are not welcome’ by officialsCredit: Steve Goode

Business owners were shocked when they landed on December 20 and were told they would be immediately deported despite British and French government websites stating that Britons were allowed in the regions. French overseas territories.

The family have been told “you are not welcome” by immigration officials after landing on a paradise island with their young daughter Penelope, who suffers from health problems.

Steve said that after passport control, his family was locked in a small room for nearly six hours without air conditioning and “refused to eat”.

It comes after the government of French President Emmanuel Macron banned Britons from going to France to prevent the spread of the Omicron Covid variant.

But according to Steve, authorities in Paris did not mention the French overseas territories and the airlines told them the trip was still going.

He told The Sun Online: “We have complied with all the entry requirements and completed the ETIS visa documentation.

“The documents say the French have approved us to come to this country.

“When we landed, we handed over our passports and immediately they stood up and said ‘you’re not allowed here, you’re not allowed here.’

“They put us in an immigration room and kept telling us ‘British visitors are not allowed and are not welcome in France or its territories.”

“I said ‘I’m looking at your site right now and it actually says we are.'”

The family flew 11 hours from London to Los Angeles on December 17 before flying another nine hours to Tahiti three days later.

Steve said airlines and their hotels in the South Pacific island told them they were unaware that UK nationals had been barred from flying to the territory.

Britons have also been successfully granted visas by the French authorities and have complied with the necessary requirements for vaccines and Covid testing.

“They were very rude to us about us being British and it became very clear that they didn’t care that we had a six-month-old baby,” he said.

They kept saying if we left the room we were breaking the law and we would go to jail.

Steve Goode

Steve stated: “French authorities attempted to deport this family immediately to the US without proper Covid tests prior to flight.

The 31-year-old said his daughter, Penelope, who has health problems, started getting sick and had diarrhea after an exhausting immigration wait.

He said the British Foreign Office was able to arrange for a doctor to speak to the family by phone, who then informed French authorities that the child could not be flown under any circumstances.

The three Britons were then kept by police in a quarantined hotel and told they could not leave their rooms or risk being jailed.

“They kept saying – if we leave the room, we’re breaking the law and we’re going to go to jail,” Steve said.

“We thought it would be great to have family time in a place we only go to once with Penelope.

The family was kept at the airport for almost six hours

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The family was kept at the airport for almost six hoursCredit: Steve Goode
Steve said officials in Tahiti don't seem to care that his six-month-old daughter Penelope has health problems

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Steve said officials in Tahiti don’t seem to care that his six-month-old daughter Penelope has health problemsCredit: Steve Goode
The French government website states that Britons are allowed to visit French territories

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The French government website states that Britons are allowed to visit French territories

“But it became a complete and utter nightmare. They were so rude, unhelpful, so disrespectful.

“Make our child sick by putting us in a hot stuffy room for five and a half hours with no comfort.

“She was wearing a skull helmet because her head was deformed and the helmet was sweaty and uncomfortable for her.

“But if we use it for a long time, it defeats the purpose of what it’s going to do.

“So we had to be in a well-ventilated room and we had to be in an area with fresh air.

‘A NIGHTMARE’

“We kept explaining this to the officials and they kept saying ‘you’re not allowed to leave the room’.

After landing in Tahiti on December 20, the family are now flying back to the UK today via Los Angeles, where they will be staying for a few days to bid farewell to their long journey.

Steve said the holiday season – scheduled to last until January 12 – has cost the family £15,000.

“I believe this has nothing to do with us,” he said. “We’re stuck in some kind of political ban.

“That’s what makes me angrier, because they just want us out and they don’t care and it seems to be based on nationality.”

The Foreign Office told The Sun: “We are assisting a British family in French Polynesia and are in contact with Polynesian authorities.”

The UK government has warned that countries could adopt short-term border measures in line with their own Covid policies.

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