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Passengers Arriving from Overseas Must Undergo PCR Test at Soekarno-Hatta Airport

18 Sep 2021

Jakarta - The Ministry of Transportation issues Circular Letter Number 74 of 2021 concerning Guidelines for the Implementation of International Travel by Air Transportation During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Plt. Head of the Soekarno-Hatta Regional I Airport Authority Office Y. Gandoz said the circular was to improve the implementation of health protocols for passengers on international routes.

"SE Number 74 of 2021 in principle is to prevent an increase in COVID-19 transmission including the new SARS-CoV-2 virus variant which has mutated into the Alpha variant, Beta variant, Delta variant, Gamma variant and MU variant (B.1.621) as well as potential the development of other new variants," said Gandoz.

At Soekarno-Hatta Airport, to implement the provisions of SE Number 74/2021, the stakeholders established a new procedure for international arrivals which will be implemented on September 19, 2021 at 00.00 WIB.

"All stakeholders at Soekarno-Hatta Airport including AP II, Airport Authority Region I, KKP, Ministry of Health, Air Task Force for COVID-19 Handling, airlines, and other agencies have coordinated to implement new procedures in line with SE Ministry of Transportation Number 74/2021, for international route passengers who land at Soekarno-Hatta Airport," said Executive General Manager of Soekarno-Hatta Airport Agus Haryadi.

Agus Haryadi added, "Based on the coordination that has been carried out by all stakeholders, a number of checkpoints have been set to carry out the new procedures for the arrival of international passengers at Soekarno-Hatta Airport to take full effect on September 19, 2021 starting at 00.00 WIB."

The checkpoints are as follows:

-Checkpoint 1
Passengers on international routes (WNI and WNA) who land at Soekarno-Hatta Airport after getting off the plane will go to the holding area, for data collection according to the criteria for the Decree of the Head of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 11/2021 (migrant workers, students, government employees ), and data collection for Indonesian citizens and other travelers in accordance with the provisions outside the criteria for the decision of the Task Force Chair.

-Checkpoint 2
All passengers then headed to the health document verification area carried out by KKP personnel from the Ministry of Health. The verified documents include vaccination cards, International eHAC, COVID-19 RT-PCR results from the country of origin, and other documents required in SE Kemenhub 74/2021. At this point, KKP personnel will also classify quarantine locations.

-Checkpoint 3
All passengers then underwent a PCR test in a booth located at the International Arrivals Area of ​​Terminal 3 Soekarno-Hatta Airport. The COVID-19 test service will be carried out by health service providers (fasyankes).

-Checkpoint 4
All passengers undergo the Immigration and Customs and Excise process

-Checkpoint 5
Passengers head to the holding area to prepare for quarantine, with the supervision of the Air Task Force personnel handling COVID-19. PCR test results will also be informed at this point.

-Checkpoint 6
Passengers go to land transportation (buses) to be delivered to the designated quarantine location. The implementation at this point is assisted by the Soekarno-Hatta Airport Police.

The Commander of the Air Task Force for Handling COVID-19 Colonel Tek Sunu Eko P said that all task force personnel are committed to maintaining the implementation of the Ministry of Transportation's SE Number 74/2021 and international arrival procedures at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

Head of Soekarno-Hatta Class I Port Health Office (KKP) dr. Darmawali Handoko reminded international passengers to follow health protocols.

"International passengers to Soekarno-Hatta Airport must undergo 3 PCR tests. First in the country of origin, then the second at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, then the third at the quarantine location," said dr. Darmawali Handoko.

The Board of Airlines Representative Indonesia (BARINDO) also supports the provisions in the SE of the Ministry of Transportation Number 74/2021.