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PT Angkasa Pura II Supports the Implementation of the PCR Test Related to COVID-19 for International Arrivals at the Airport

12 May 2020

Jakarta - The Ministry of Health issued Circular Number HK.02.01 / MENKES / 313/2020 concerning Health Protocols for the Handling of Indonesian Citizens and the Arrival of Foreigners from Abroad at State Entrances and Regions in Situations of Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB).

The circular was issued on May 7, 2020 and stated that every citizen and foreigner who arrived in Indonesia had to go through a health protocol including a rapid test and / or PCR (polymerase chain reaction) related to COVID-19.

PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) as the manager of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport fully supports the regulation.

PT Angkasa Pura II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said the handling of several Indonesian repatriation flights had been adjusted so that PCR testing of passengers could be carried out.

"For example, a citizen repatriation flight from Bangladesh landed Monday night, May 11, 2020. The plane did not dock at the terminal, but parked at the Terminal 3 apron. Then, the Port Health Office [KKP] boarded the plane to explain the health protocol procedures."

"After that, airplane passengers descended to the apron and then conducted data collection, body temperature tests, oxygen saturation, and clustering by KKP. Then, all passengers take the bus to go directly to Pondok Gede Hajj Dormitory for a PCR inspection at the hostel. So, passengers do not enter the terminal but go directly to Pondok Gede Hajj Dormitory, "said Muhammad Awaluddin.

The quarantine at the Pondok Gede Hajj Dormitory is in line with what was conveyed by the Head of the BNPB Lt. Gen. Doni Monardo on Monday, May 11, 2020, that President Joko Widodo approved the Hajj Dormitory as a temporary isolation room for Indonesian citizens who had just returned to the country to then carry out supervision and PCR tests .

In addition, PT Angkasa Pura II is also studying the possibility of conducting PCR tests in the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport area.

"If a PCR Test is indeed needed in Soekarno-Hatta, it can be done at the VIP Terminal located near Terminal 3. Meanwhile, the existence of the Soekarno-Hatta Mobile Command Post [MCP] can be used to support the running of the test. The possibilities are still being examined. "

"What is clear, all stakeholders in Soekarno-Hatta always coordinate intensively and support each other so that the CTF can fully implement health protocols for Indonesian citizens and foreigners who have just arrived in Indonesia. Soekarno-Hatta is also the main entrance of Indonesian citizen repatriation flights, "explained Muhammad Awaluddin.

The repatriation flights of Indonesian citizens are increasing in Soekarno-Hatta. Until now there have been around 15,000 Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) and ABK have arrived in the country through Soekarno-Hatta Airport by repatriation flights.