Actor Orlando Bloom has been deported from India despite being invited by its government to spruik tourism in the region.
Bloom was invited as a special guest of the state, but on Saturday was turned away at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport for not having a valid visa, Metro reported.
The celebrity reportedly organised an e-visa before his trip, but did not realise it had not been approved until his arrival.
After learning of the incident, the Indian government issued Bloom, 38, with a new visa. He then returned to the country twice in a matter of days.
“Orlando was invited for a government program. The arrogant behaviour of Immigration officials has dented India’s image globally as they deliberately deported him even when they had other options to allow him to stay here,” a senior airport official told Mail Today in India.
“A visa was issued after Sushma Swaraj’s reported intervention after which Bloom finally landed in Delhi on Sunday.”
But, Bloom didn’t allow the confusion to sour his visit, travelling to the Taj Mahal for some site-seeing at the weekend.
The new e-tourist visa in India usually allows travellers from 44 different countries to organise their visas online before travel.
“When one applies for an electronic visa, one receives a mail saying whether the visa has been issued or rejected,” a Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Vikas Swarup, told Metro.
“I think he must have landed without the confirmation email or forgotten to check whether the visa has been granted or not.
“It takes a minimum of 72 hours and a maximum of four days for the visa to be processed, at the end of which, your visa is accepted or rejected.
“The traveller is supposed to carry it along to produce to the immigration officer for scanning.”