Georgia Toffolo tearfully pleads for help and is DETAINED at Malé airport 48 hours before Christmas

A distressed Georgia Toffolo has been detained at Malé airport in the Maldives and banned from catching a flight home for Christmas.

The former Made In Chelsea star, 25, broke down in tears on Instagram and frantically took to Twitter on Sunday as she pleaded with her followers for some form of advice or help after her passport was confiscated from her ahead of a flight because a page had fallen out of it.

She tweeted: ‘I have been detained at Malé airport for a page missing on my passport. I am very scared I don't know what else to do!

Stranded! A distressed Georgia Toffolo has been detained at Malé airport in the Maldives and banned from catching a flight home for Christmas

Stranded! A distressed Georgia Toffolo has been detained at Malé airport in the Maldives and banned from catching a flight home for Christmas

‘I have been here for hours. I am not allowed to board a flight home because of my damaged passport but I am also not allowed to leave the airport. Please help!’

She followed this up with: ‘I have tried so hard to get hold of any British representative here. I am so upset. Thank god I've got my phone. They've taken away my passport… because a page had fallen out!’

At the time of tweeting, Toff had been at the airport for over four hours. She also took to her Instagram stories to document the situation, visibly tearful.

MailOnline has approached the Foreign Commonwealth Office for comment. 

After sharing a video being driven to the airport, the former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner recorded an Instagram story in which she explained: ‘Basically my passport was damaged and I am now being effectively deported back to London so any tips on how to get an emergency passport? Because I am not spending Christmas on my own.’

Cry for help: Toff used Twitter and Instagram to flag the issue to her followers

Cry for help: Toff used Twitter and Instagram to flag the issue to her followers

Distressed! 'I have been here for hours. I am not allowed to board a flight home because of my damaged passport but I am also not allowed to leave the airport. Please help!' she posted

She followed this up with: 'I have tried so hard to get hold of any British representative here. I am so upset. Thank god I've got my phone. They've taken away my passport... because a page had fallen out'

Distressed! ‘I have been here for hours. I am not allowed to board a flight home because of my damaged passport but I am also not allowed to leave the airport. Please help!’ she posted

She went on: ‘I've been crying – how embarrassing. Any advice on trying to get an emergency passport tomorrow? How does it work? Do I have to book an appointment? The info online is so confusing!

‘I'd be so grateful for any advice anyone's got. I have planned a lovely Christmas here in the Maldives.Need to get there for Christmas Day basically. Let me know what I should do, absolute shocker.’

A little later, Toff appeared back on her stories and said: ‘Thank you to everyone suggesting I go to the British Embassy. I wasn't allowed to leave the airport in order to get to the British Embassy which isn't even in the Maldives it's in Colombo. Well maybe that is… but you know what I mean, it's not close.’

Tearful: After sharing a video being driven to the airport, the former I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! winner recorded an Instagram story in which she explained - 'Basically my passport was damaged and I am now being effectively deported back to London so any tips on how to get an emergency passport? Because I am not spending Christmas on my own'

Tearful: After sharing a video being driven to the airport, the former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner recorded an Instagram story in which she explained – ‘Basically my passport was damaged and I am now being effectively deported back to London so any tips on how to get an emergency passport? Because I am not spending Christmas on my own’

Helpful? Many suggested she get in touch with her pal Stanley Johnson, Prime Minister Boris' father

Helpful? Many suggested she get in touch with her pal Stanley Johnson, Prime Minister Boris’ father

Clearly getting more and more upset, Toff then reappeared and said, fighting back tears: ‘I'm really trying to hold it together but I have been here for hours and hours and hours. I'm not allowed to leave the airport on any flights because my passport is damaged but I am also not allowed to go into the Maldives.

‘I don't know what to do I am so upset. I have tried so hard to get in touch with any British representative, there is no one here. I just don't know what to do.

‘I'm looking at four days in the centre until the next flight willing to take me home. Can someone help me?’

And then: ‘Oh my god, I have been crying for hours and hours. It's a really horrible situation when you can't go, but I can't leave the airport. So I'm having to spend the night.’

She then appeared outside the terminal, where she explained: ‘I am in the in the detention centre. I find it really horrible. I have asked to speak to a British consulate so many times and they've said no no no.

Detained: Clearly getting more and more upset, Toff then reappeared, fighting back tears

She said: 'I'm really trying to hold it together but I have been here for hours and hours and hours. I'm not allowed to leave the airport on any flights because my passport is damaged but I am also not allowed to go into the Maldives'

Detained: Clearly getting more and more upset, Toff then reappeared and said, fighting back tears – ‘I'm really trying to hold it together but I have been here for hours and hours and hours. I'm not allowed to leave the airport on any flights because my passport is damaged but I am also not allowed to go into the Maldives’

'How is this legal?' She then appeared outside the terminal, where she explained - 'I am in the in the detention centre. I find it really horrible. I have asked to speak to a British consulate so many times and they've said no no no'

‘How is this legal?’ She then appeared outside the terminal, where she explained – ‘I am in the in the detention centre. I find it really horrible. I have asked to speak to a British consulate so many times and they've said no no no’

‘And now I'm not allowed back in the departures terminal. It's so bad I don't know how this is even legal!’

Many of her fans suggested she get in touch with her close friend Stanley Johnson, father of the Prime Minister Boris.

Toff met Stanley when they took part in I’m A Celebrity… 2017, and have since appeared together on the likes of Made In Chelsea and Celebrity Hunted.

Others jokingly suggested she shout ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ while various celeb pals weighed in including Nadia Essex and Sarah Locke, the mother of Toff’s MIC co-star Ollie.

According to Gov.uk, a damaged passport cannot be used as proof of identification and can be classed as such if pages are even slightly detached.

She went on: 'Oh my god, I have been crying for hours and hours. It's a really horrible situation when you can't go, but I can't leave the airport. So I'm having to spend the night'

Ordeal: Toff explained that she faced a four-day wait over the Christmas holiday before anything could be done

She went on: ‘Oh my god, I have been crying for hours and hours. It's a really horrible situation when you can't go, but I can't leave the airport. So I'm having to spend the night’

‘In the case of damaged passports, the rules are almost identical across the world, but the level of stringency varies,’ a spokesperson from Qatar Airways told The Independent when one of their reporters suffered a similar issue. ‘Damaged passports and pleading passengers have been used as cover for illegal entry and activity in some parts of the world. This is well known, so immigration and security staff are very aware of this as a potential ploy and security threat.

‘Guidelines for assessing a damaged passport, meaning it isn't in a condition to be accepted as proof of identity, may include ANY damage to the bio-data page.’

Airlines can be fined on average £2,780 per passenger if they allow a passenger with a damaged passport to fly and, if the issue is flagged at the destination, they would be responsible for flying them back again – even if this means booting one of their paying travelers out of their seat.

The International Air Transport Association states that approximately 60,000 passengers are turned back at destination or transfer points by immigration authorities each year. 

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