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Exiting Labuan island without an exit stamp in my passport

by Jorge Sanchez - 7 months, 1 week ago

It was the year 1983. I was coming from Sitangkai, in the Philippines, by small boats with illegal filipinos immigrants. We disembarked around midnight, already in Borneo Island, in Sabah, in a remote village to where we had to swim the last 100 metres. Once on the beach many disappeared in the darkness, and I was invited to sleep in a huge hut besides the beach together with some of the “passengers”. Next day I walked for about two hours until a village called Bakapit (or something like that) where there was a paved road and took a bus to Lahad Datu, in the civilization. From there I continued by buses to Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu. In Labuan Island the immigration officers were surprised to see my passport without the entry stamp in Sabah State and without an exit stamp from the Philippines. After consulting with Sandakan I was allowed to continue by boat to Brunei. Once in Brunei I was given in my passport an entry stamp in that country and was granted 7 days stay. I was again travelling legally!



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