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Hull travel agent’s warning after gay holiday-makers wanted to book ‘illegal’ Maldives trip
2021-09-21 04:00:00
A Hull travel agent is warning same sex couples of the risks of travelling abroad to countries where gay relationships are banned after recently having to warn a couple about the risks of them booking a holiday to the Maldives. Andrew Earle, who has a string of branches in Hull and Lincolnshire, has issued the warning after the couple recently inquired about the long-haul luxury holiday destination, unaware that public displays of affection between same sex couples in the resort can lead to eight years imprisonment and 100 lashes. Andrew said it's a “difficult conversation” to broach, but staff have to ask about the nature of their relationship when booking certain exotic locations for couples. For more news stories about holidays, click here And with more and more long-haul destinations opening up once more, he has issued a warning to those who are unaware that their holiday displays of affection could potentially land them in prison. He said many people book their holidays online themselves, where the “questions are not asked” and they could find themselves turned away at the check in on arrival, in the worst case scenario. A staggering 77 countries out of 292 destinations do not welcome same-sex couples – making a quarter of holiday destinations out of bounds unless couples are willing to conceal their relationship or be cautious while out in public. Travel agent Andrew Earle, who has a number of branches in Hull and Lincolnshire, said same-sex couples need to check before they travel to avoid problems and even prosecution (Image: Insight Photography Ltd 2018) Andrew said: “We were recently challenged with finding a gay couple a holiday and they wanted the Maldives, not realising that same sex relationships are banned and they would have to conceal the nature of their relationship. “We are seeing people wanting to book long haul after not holidaying for two years, and this is something that people need to be aware of. It doesn't mean same sex couples cannot go to these countries, but they need to be mindful of local rules and customs, or there could be an issue.” Many countries, such as the whole of Africa, including South Africa; India; Sri Lanka; the Seychelles; Barbados; Egypt; Turkey and Morocco are unwelcoming of gay and lesbian couples. Andrew added: “Plenty of people travel without an issue, but public displays of affection such as kissing and hand-holding could potentially lead to an arrest and an awful lot of people are completely unaware.” He said online booking can be problematic for that reas

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