I spent a night in Doha last night on the way from Cairo to Bangkok. I booked the airports ‘Meet and Greet’ service who collected me as I left the aircraft and took me to their special lounge just to the right of immigration.
It was a super restful experience, and when I went for the eye scan with the young Immigration Officer, his only question was..
‘Are you a Buddist?’
I misheard him the first time, and when I explained ‘No’, he asked ‘Then what are you?’
That did stump me; I was baptised a Christian, but no longer a believer, I explained this to him.
Noting that he had an open can of RedBull and a packet of sweets on his desk, I commented that he must have been keeping his energy up. At which point he offers the sweets to me, with an enormous grin. And when I say that I am too fat already – he replied ‘then I won’t stamp your passport’! Sweet taken!
So a weird immigration experience, but an absolute delightful one with a super nice immigration officer.
So, what’s your weirdest immigration question?