There is so much happening in the world at the moment that has affected everyone not only in the Cross Border e-commerce industry that it is almost a hassle deciding what topic to talk about. But this one today will keep you on the edge of your seat as we listen to Zack Franklin – a regular on the show and a really good friend of mine share his horrible experience with the whole Coronavirus nightmare and how he ended up stuck outside of China. Let’s tune in.
Topics Covered in this Episode
Background on how Zack bounced from China to Bangkok last month
Seeing everyone in masks, he took the next flight to BKK
Why he had to go back to China
His apartment lease was ending March 15, 2020 – and he had all his stuff in there to move out.
Picking up Bangkok Taco Bell First
Had to grab some Tacos before going to China (China I don’t think has Taco Bell?)
Experience Landing in China
Being scanned for temperature 15+ times in the airport alone
Taxi Ride from the Airport
Can’t even see the driver as he is in a big plastic bubble.
Issue Entering his apartment Complex
The guards have a strict policy
Not being able to go to a hotel
Or else also getting a 14 day quarantine there.
Realizing: China is at WAR with the Coronavirus
They will not make any exceptions, it is them vs this virus spreading.
The hard decision
Stay, go, get locked in an apartment for 14 days when the lease ends less than that.
Directing his girlfriend to help find his important stuff
Since he can’t enter the apartment – he asks Cherish to go inside and grab his most valuable possessions.
Ripped off Flying Back to Bangkok
Flight prices sky high going back to Thailand
Issues re-entering Thailand immigration
Visa issues, China entry issues, nightmare.
Recommendations for those going into China now
Basically – don’t. He says they are not clear on foreign policy entering the country and it is not standardized and no English documentation or mobile Mini apps , etc
How to connect with Zack.
People / Companies / Resources Mentioned in this Episode
Episode Length 38:57
Thanks for sharing your Zack, on the ground, real time experience and we got to follow along. He always puts global information high on his list and we appreciate it with his lack of sleep and everything. This is what our podcast is all about, helping share these updates.
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