Have you ever been stuck in an airport, perhaps on a layover or when your flight was delayed, and thought, “This is taking forever!”
Well, you’ve got nothing on Estonian Roman Trofimov.
While traveling in Southeast Asia this spring,Trofimov took a flight from Bangkok to Manila, with a connection scheduled to Cebu, but he never got the chance to make his connecting flight. When he arrived in Manila on March 20, the immigration office took his passport and informed him that due to the heightened quarantine level he could not fly to Cebu, flights to back to Thailand as well as his native Estonia had been cancelled, and the Philippines were no longer issuing entry visas. He has been stuck in the Manila airport for more than 100 days.
Trofimov has been living in the departure lounge, surviving on donations from staff.
Estonia has not been able to schedule a repatriation flight, and doesn’t seem to be too concerned about Trofimov. The Estonian foreign ministry said:
“It is important to note that he flew to the Philippines during a time when countries had announced emergency situations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had given a travel warning.”
Essentially, he’s responsible for his own actions, so deal with it.