German Man has been Stranded at IGI Airport for Past 54 Days due to Nationwide Lockdown

There are 4 more persons stranded in the airport along with him. All have been taken to quarantine facilities.

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New Delhi, A 40-year-old German man has been living in the transit area of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi for the past 54 days. Edgard Ziebat, who has a criminal record in his home country, has been living in the transit area of Indira Gandhi International Airport since March 18.

Edgard was traveling from Hanoi to Istanbul and halted in Delhi On March 18. Since India suspended international flights on March 18, he got stuck at Airport’s Terminal 3. Four days later, India officially suspended all international flights due to the rise of coronavirus and, imposed a national lockdown on March 25, which will now run until May 17.

Due to his ongoing criminal record in his own country, India is hesitating to grant him a visa. The German embassy hasn’t paid any attention to this matter and there is no response from them as of now. There are 4 more persons stranded in the airport along with him. All have been taken to quarantine facilities.  On March 18, the airport authorities provided food and amenities. “The German embassy has been notified, as well as the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” they said.

German embassy officials told the Indian Immigration Bureau that Ziebat is a wanted criminal in their country for filing various cases of assault and other crimes in their country. Since he was abroad, they did not take custody of him. The situation was also brought to the notice of Delhi Police and Airport Operator Dial (Delhi International Airport Limited),” the officials said.

He added that, since India did not issue a visa to Ziebat due to its criminal background – a criminal offense is considered when assessing individual visas in India – he is unauthorized to leave the airport transit area.

An international traveler in India can usually stay in transit for one day and those traveling through the country; an Indian visa is required to depart from this designated place. Officials added that Ziebat had not formally applied for an Indian visa.

This German man stays at the terminal with only his luggage. The airport, by no means, has been open for regular traffic since March 22, but operates cargo flights and a few special evacuation planes and is currently carrying around 15,000 Indians stranded in 12 countries across India in the first week of a massive repatriation exercise.

Ziebat has spent most of the past 54 days reading newspapers and magazines, talking on the phone with friends and family, eating at some fast-food outlets inside the terminal, interacting with housekeepers and security personnel, walking in transit using the area and airport washrooms and toilets.

He told officials he would be able to manage his expenses. “He sleeps happily in bed, on benches, on floors. He is alone in the transit area because it is not being used and the airport is closed to passengers”, one airport officer told.

No date has been set for the resumption of regular international transit from India as of now.

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German Man has been Stranded at IGI Airport for Past 54 Days due to Nationwide Lockdown
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There are 4 more persons stranded in the airport along with him. All have been taken to quarantine facilities.
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