on the evening of Friday, the Danish authorities to close the Danish border. At the same time were all danes abroad urged to return home. Now!
The message also reached Bali, where Lasse Spang Olsen was on vacation with his family - including his little granddaughter in just 15 months.
- We are called to travel home immediately, and therefore can not use our original hjemrejsebilletter 22. march. It leaves us with a huge bill, for the Ministry of foreign affairs does not have the stamp abroad as a red zone. Right now, most of the places, all the danes pulled home from, only orange, and covering no hjemrejseforsikringer, says Lasse Spang Olsen for the Extra Magazine.
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He is, to say the least not happy with the situation, as he and thousands of other danes have been left in.
- It is obviously difficult to get airline tickets right now and I have had to pay either 142,000 dollars to get me and my family home, says Lasse Spang Olsen and is continuing.
- This is not about me and it's really not for pity. This is a situation that many many danes are in, and it is far from all, who have the money to pay for the new ticket, where the price is set the game up, he says.
- How did you get advice?
- Yes, I have emptied my account. I am completely ripped off, and it means that I can not pay tax and vat. So either I must borrow in the bank or will I get a tax debt, says the 54-year-old stuntman, who has a clear message.
- It is clear that the here coronakrise hits all at all possible and far more serious ways. And it might seem spoiled to sit here and complain about little expenses and stress, when all are hit so hard by the disease in the entire world. But it can also be quite severe for those who can not pay 100,000 dollars extra to get home. They come to beaches abroad provisionally until the 14. april at his own expense, he says.
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Lasse Spang Olsen believes that the situation ought to be grasped in a different way by the Danish authorities. In particular, he is attacking the wording 'if you choose to be in the country of residence or take home to Denmark is ultimately a decision you take, as it says in the official announcement.
- If the government had worded it just a little bit different in their response or had given the whole world the color code red, would people in other countries automatically would be covered by the insurance companies. You might get the idea that the government holds their hand over them to send the bill on to the citizens, says Spang Olsen, who landed in Copenhagen with his family in the night, after a journey of 25 hours.
- We have not experienced anything uncomfortable, but we have done everything to discourage. We have been in very close contact with many people for many hours in crowded airports and in the airplanes. If not one of us has been shorn corona to us, it is as a miracle, he says.
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Lasse Spang Olsen saw that it was completely impossible to get help from Denmark, when he and his family had use for it.
- the Ministry of foreign affairs, we could not get in contact to. There was so much pressure on the phones, to call just ended in the dut dut, " he says.
When he tried to get a hold of his insurance company, it was something of a tålmodighedprøve.
- I was on the ventetone in two and a half hours. For 27 dollars a minute. Yes, the expense also comes at a time notes, Lasse Spang Olsen, who incidentally got to know that the insurance could not help him.
somewhere, it's crazy to sign something like that out on a Friday night. It may well be that the Danish authorities have extra personnel at the weekend, but embassies, consulates and airlines in other countries has, of course, closed until Monday morning. It is pretty frustrating, he says.
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Lasse Spang Olsen stresses that, as a dane may well choose to be out in the world.
But all indications from the travel industry, airlines and the state department's private letter on the situation is that air traffic is set. So it is not an option to be in a foreign country, without decent hospitals, he says.