“There is no way out.”
In a week and a half with a 21-year-old Sofie Johnsen and her three traveling companions were able to see how their opportunities to get home disappeared one by one, hour by hour.
“We spend 12 hours every day to sit and look and look for ways to get home on, but without success,” says Sofie Johnsen frustrated.
She’s sitting with three other young people – two 21 years of age and a 23-year-old – in the city of Cebu in the Philippines in a hotel apartment.
“We are stuck. There is no way out. They have closed all the flights and airports. We can’t stop over in some places,” says Sofie Johnsen.
The four young flew on a longer trip in december. They started in Australia, continued on to Bali and the 11. march, they landed on the Philippines.
Two days later went katastrofealarmen in Denmark, and Mette Frederiksen closed the border to keep the dreaded coronavirus out.
Shortly after came the Philippines suit.
Sofie Johnsen and hundreds of other travellers from Denmark could not get flights out before, and now they are witnessing how everything around them shuts down.
Also hotels, with the result that families with small children suddenly have no place to be, says Sofie Johnsen.
Supermarkets, and pharmacies are still open, but you must have measured the temperature at the entrance. Is the elevated one becomes rejected.
“It is the police that control the down here, and show you the signs of infection, they can easily find on the to take a with,” says Sofie Johnsen.
Right now staying, she and the three other young danes in a hotel apartment, the tenant of a filipino woman who helps the young danes very much and even have offered to them, they should be allowed to stay free because of the crisis.
“we could not accept, but we are incredibly grateful that she and the local population on the whole – are so sweet and generous,” says Sofie Johnsen.
The four young danes are every day in contact with the Ministry of foreign affairs, but there is not much help, tells Sofie Johnsen.
“We’ve talked with the Danish embassy in Cebu, and they tell us, to Poland, Germany, Czech republic, France and Sweden have downloaded their tourists home, but the Ministry of foreign affairs could not answer us as to whether they will do the same with all the stranded danes,” says Sofie Johnsen.
She is happy, they are together and have a place to be, but she does not hide that it is a difficult situation.
“We are really, really tired and frustrated. It is hard all the time to fight to find a way home without the success and without the help,” she says.
on Tuesday afternoon, however, there was good news from the Ministry for foreign affairs Sofie Johnsen, and 241 other danes, who sits stranded in the Philippines.
foreign Minister Jeppe Kofoed stated at a press conference at 15, a plane from Manila and one from Cebu will fly the danes in the Philippines home soon. Like in the weekend.
“But one must arm themselves with patience,” said the minister.