I am writing this in a real state of panic so please bear with me...
Background - I am a SEA citizen working in a respectable MNC with healthy business/holiday travel experience and clean slate - no record whatsoever
I was refused entry to NZ at Queenstown airport for possessing a small amount of cannabis (dont ask why, it was my own pure stupidity which I will forever repent. Also I am not a regular user) I was pre-charged by the NZ police and given a warning. I spent a night at the airport and was arranged the earliest flight back to my country of origin(on their expense)
I am now freaking out about the implications this would have on my future travels. I regularly travel to countries like Singapore and Japan, and will be going to Europe for the first time this year. I usually never get any questions at immigration but now I am really worried about the possible outcomes. I also cannot, in no condition, let my company or parents know about this incident.Although NZ/Aus said I can reapply for their visa given I apply with a character waiver (not sure what this is either)
Has anybody ever encountered a similar experience? What do you recommend my next steps be? How should I answer future visa applications and interview questions?
Thank you very much in advance. Your words could potentially help me sleep sounder tonight