Edgard Ziebart, a German national, who had been living at Delhi ‘s IGI Airport’s transit area since March 18 because of the lockdown, finally left for Amsterdam via KLM Airlines on May 12 morning. He spent 55 days at the airport before finally leaving India.
A senior officer from the airport told Hindustan Times that Ziebert informed the airport officials that he wanted to leave India as he was served a ‘Leave India Notice’ by the authorities. Interestingly, as per some media report, Zeibart had previously denied an offer of returning to Germany on a special flight carrying stranded foreigners back to their homes.
Ziebart, who did not apply for Indian visa, was unlikely to get one even if he wanted to because of his criminal record in Germany. He had arrived in New Delhi from Hanoi (UK) as a transit passenger on his way to Istanbul. India had banned all flights to Turkey on March 18, and four days later all international flights were banned, leaving Ziebart stranded on the airport as he couldn’t board any flights, neither exit the transit area since he did not have Indian visa.
On May 12, he boarded KL872 flight around 3am with other 291 passengers on board. The special flight was operated for shifting passengers from Delhi to Amsterdam. Zeibart was sent on the flight as he was eligible to go to Europe. The ticket cost him round Rs 43,000. Ziebart was found to be healthy as the passengers were scanned for coronavirus infection before boarding.