The case is reminiscent of Tom Hanks and the film “Terminal”: In New Delhi, India, a German was stranded at the airport because of the corona crisis.
Edgar Z. actually wanted to have started his return flight to Germany long ago. But then Corona came and the 40-year-old German got stuck at the airport in New Delhi (India) from one day to the next. On March 18, he was originally on his way back to Europe, his route from Hanoi (Vietnam) should initially lead to Istanbul, as the “Hindustan Times” reports. In India the tourist should only stop over.
But suddenly there was no further progress: All flights from and to Turkey were canceled on that day. Edgar Z. was in the airport transit area and was waiting. India is in the shutdown at this time, at least until May 17th. According to the newspaper report, Edgar Z. is not supported by the German embassy – unlike other international travelers, who were able to be accommodated outside the airport by their countries.
Criminal past: Embassy denies support
The 40-year-old is reported to have two criminal records. He was therefore denied support and was therefore unable to apply for a visa in India. It is unclear which offenses are involved. As the portal “Reisereporter” reports, the Federal Foreign Office is aware of the case: The embassy in New Delhi is in contact with Edgar Z. and the Indian authorities. Z. had been informed about the possibilities of a return trip to Germany. The agency did not say what this could look like before the lockdown in India ended. Z. apparently has visas for various countries – but as long as international air traffic in India is not resumed, it should be of little use.
The “Times of India” reports that the man does not want to go to Germany. An employee of the airport reported on the man’s reaction: “He gets really angry when it comes to flying him to Germany. He then asks why he should go to Germany.” I don’t want to go to Germany, I like India, i want here [am Flughafen] stay.'”
Edgar Z. is said to have spent his previous time in the transit area primarily reading and telephoning. Security officials of the “Hindustan Times” report. His case is reminiscent of the film “Terminal” by American director Steven Spielberg with Tom Hanks in the leading role. Currently, stock up on food in the still open fast food restaurants. He is said to have received a deck chair, mosquito net and toothpaste from airport staff.
The text has been updated with information from the “Times of India” that the man may not want to go to Germany at all.