A Moldovan businesswoman says her sister was banned from the Bahamas for not having a return ticket home, sparking accusations she was a prostitute – and moaned about having to fly back to London in economy class.
Ina Pînzaru, 36, was traveling to the tropical island with her sister Darina, 25, in preparation for her younger sister’s engagement to Miami real estate developer Hal ‘Nuby’ Sears, 64.
The Moldovan sisters, who have Romanian passports, say they were ‘put through hell’ by the immigration officials at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport – who threatened to put them in jail.
Ina, who works at the family’s dressmaking business in the Moldovan capital, told DailyMail.com that she and her sister had begged to be told why they were being detained – but were simply told, ‘we know your culture – we don’t want you in our country’.
Ina cleared immigration after explaining she had booked an onward flight to the Turks and Caicos islands, but got into trouble when she went to find out why Darina was being held-up by another official.
She said: ‘It was complete hell to be honest. We had been on a nine-hour flight from London, then had to get an eight-hour one back after waiting for a long time at the airport.
Ina Pînzaru, 36, (left) was traveling to the tropical island with her sister Darina, 25, (right) in preparation for her younger sister’s engagement
Hal ‘Nuby’ Sears, 64, was waiting for Pînzaru (keft) and her sister at the airport when he says he was told by an official: ‘They’re not in, they’re out’
‘We arrived in business and we were sent back in coach, and they even gave us different seats on the plane.
‘My sister was crying and super upset, the ladies on the plane were nice to us and did their best to give us adjacent seats.
‘It took us three days when we landed back in London to emotionally recover from what happened. It was meant to be the trip of a lifetime but it was absolute hell’.
According to Ina, her sister’s immigration raised red flags because they did not have a return flight to either London or ‘their country of origin’.
Ina claims they were questioned about their onward tickets to Turks and Caicos – which the Bahamas Immigration website saying all travelers must have a valid onward or return ticket to be allowed entry into the country.
But then staff told them ‘We know your culture, we know why you are here – and we don’t want you here’.
The sisters believe that staff thought they were Eastern European sex workers, something which they strenuously deny, and say that the entire ordeal left them devastated.
Ina says that they were escorted to the plane by three officials, who only allowed them their belongings back at the plane door.
Ina, who works at the family’s dressmaking business in the Moldovan capital, told DailyMail.com that she and her sister had begged to be told why they were being detained – but were simply told, ‘we know your culture – we don’t want you in our country’
The two sisters had arrived in the Bahamas to spend time on Amici, a $5 million 70-foot yacht Pershing 7X (pictured)
Sears met Darina in Romania last summer, with the pair quickly becoming besotted with each other
Darina is set to have the proposal of her dreams in Amsterdam, with her boyfriend sending a complaint to the Bahamas Embassy in London when they returned.
But there has been no response from any government officials there, nor have they responded to requests for comment from DailyMail.com.
The sisters travelled with Sears to the Maldives and Bali instead of their island hopping trip on his 70-foot yacht with ten friends as planned.
But they said their banishment from the Bahamas left them with a ‘bitter taste’ in their mouth.
Ina told DailyMail.com: ‘We were given no more additional information about what was happening, and at one point they were telling us we were going to jail.
‘The woman said ‘they are not getting in’ and that is when all hell broke loose. We could prove that we had an onward ticket but they didn’t care.
‘They were rude and dismissive and arrogant. They would not let us pay for new tickets in cash, or access our phones to use Apple Pay.
‘I asked why we weren’t being allowed in, because we made sure that we knew all of the rules before we came in and they wouldn’t tell us.
The original plan was for the two Pînzarus and ten other guests to join Sears on his $5million Pershing 7X yacht on a trip that would take them throughout the Bahamas and to Turks and Caicos
Sears called for help from the Four Seasons’ Ocean Club resort where he was staying and the hotel’s head of security arrived, according to the Post
‘They were threatening us with jail, and we asked what we were supposed to have done but they wouldn’t tell us.
‘It was unacceptable, it is the first denial I have ever had in my life and I have been traveling since I was ten years old.
‘We never heard back from the Bahamian Embassy in London, which I can’t understand. All we want is a response from them.
‘I asked them if it was a permanent ban and they said no, and I find it strange we had this experience when our friends said they expected it more of the US and their immigration.
‘For me personally, it is unfinished business. I would want to go back to prove a point but other than that I have no big desire to go there.
‘There are plenty of beautiful places where you don’t get treated like criminals for no reason. I still don’t understand it, it felt like a random act of violence for no reason.’
Sears met Darina in Romania last summer, with the pair quickly becoming besotted with each other, and the original plan had been for the couple to travel on his $5million Pershing 7X yacht on a trip that would take them throughout the Bahamas and to Turks and Caicos.
He rushed from the Four Seasons’ Ocean Club Resort where he was staying with the hotel’s head of security to help the sisters after they called him.
The real estate developer later filed a complaint in the Bahamian embassy in London on behalf of the two sisters but had not heard back.
Darina (pictured) said that she and her sister were treated like animals and most likely judged for being Moldovan
Sears says he later filed a complaint in the Bahamian embassy in London on behalf of the two sisters but had not heard back