‘This Country Is Fun’: American Tourist Says Zimbabwe Is Special As He Gets Deported After Overstaying For 400 Days
American tourist Patrick Collins (33) said he was having the time of his life in Zimbabwe so much so that he overstayed in the country for over a year.
While some Zimbabweans are looking to leave the Southern African country, Collins apparently went to the immigration office headquarters, in a bid to regularise his stay in the country.
When he appeared before a Harare Magistrate on Wednesday, Patrick Collins said he could not get enough of Zimbabwe which he described as fun.
Magistrate Tafadzwa Miti ordered Patrick Collins to be deported to the United States and pay a fine of ZWL$10 000 or spend one month in prison.
Explaining why he had overstayed in Zimbabwe, Collins said he was having a good time and did not want to go home. He said:
I didn’t know that overstaying was an offence, but the court has to forgive me. This country is fun and I can’t be blamed for committing this offence. I was having a good time,
He vowed to return to Zimbabwe soon to have some more fun. Collins said the next time he will abide by the law. Patrick Collins said:
Don’t be surprised if I come back in the near future. I’ll definitely be back to have a good time and will make sure that I won’t break the law again.
Collins arrived in Zimbabwe on May 6, 2021, via the Robert Mugabe International Airport. He entered under a single-entry holiday visa that was valid until June 5 of the same year.
After the visa expired, Patrick Collins never left Zimbabwe or sought an extension.
On August 29 this year, Collins went to the immigration office headquarters in a bid to regularise his stay in the country.
He was arrested after it was discovered that he did not have a valid permit authorising him to be in Zimbabwe.
Patrick Collins stayed in Zimbabwe as an illegal immigrant for 450 days.