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National Health Sector Stakeholders Directly Review PCR Implementation for Passengers from Overseas Landing at Soekarno-Hatta Airport

25 Sep 2021

Jakarta - Stakeholders of the national health sector directly observed the implementation of the PCR test for passengers from abroad who had just landed at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

On September 24, 2021, Commission IX of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, which has a scope of duties, one of which is in the field of Health, made a specific working visit for Supervision of Strengthening Examination and Tracking for International Air Travel Actors at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

On this occasion, the Ministry of Health also saw firsthand the procedures for international arrivals at Terminal 3. The Kunker was also accompanied by the Soekarno-Hatta Region I Airport Authority, the Air Task Force for Handling COVID-19 and PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero).

The Working Visit was carried out at around 08.00 WIB, where the President Director of AP II Muhammad Awaluddin explained directly the flow of international passenger arrivals at the arrival hall of Terminal 3 international arrivals, starting from the process at the holding bay, checking Health documents by the Ministry of Health KKP, then PCR tests, check immigration documents, process customs and excise, then prepare for quarantine process to Wisma Atlet Pademangan or hotel.

"Soekarno-Hatta Airport stakeholders coordinate and collaborate under the Facilitation Committee or the Airport FAL Committee in carrying out international arrival procedures in accordance with the Circular Letter of the Ministry of Transportation Number 77/2021, including those related to the implementation of PCR tests for new passengers from overseas. landed," said Muhammad Awaluddin.

Deputy Chairman of Commission IX of the House of Representatives Charles Honoris said that the Health protocol had been carried out well in the international arrivals area of ​​Terminal 3 Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

"At international arrivals, we saw that it was quite good that the health protocols had been implemented quite strictly," said Charles Honoris.

In addition, he continued, currently the number of international travelers is also not too much so that it can be anticipated that there will be no crowds.

"In general, we see that it is quite good, the Health protocols have been implemented, maybe the fact that currently there are not too many international travelers so there are no crowds in international arrivals," explained Charles Honoris.

AP II was also asked to always increase vigilance, including through routine COVID-19 tests for airport personnel.

As is known, currently the provisions are applied according to the Circular Letter of the Ministry of Transportation Number 77/2021 concerning Amendments to Circular Letter of the Minister of Transportation Number SE 74 of 2021 concerning Guidelines for the Implementation of International Travel by Air Transportation during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

One of the provisions in the SE is that all passengers from abroad must undergo a COVID-19 test, namely the isothermal molecular test (NAAT/other types) at the arrival airport, the results of which can be issued in a maximum of 1 hour or the RT-PCR test.

Testing lab facilities
On this occasion, AP II also conveyed plans to establish laboratory test facilities at Soekarno-Hatta Airport to strengthen the implementation of PCR tests for passengers on international routes.

Through laboratory test facilities, the implementation of PCR tests can be carried out more massively and quickly.

"We already have a plan to operate laboratory test facilities for PCR tests that can be carried out on more passengers simultaneously and the results can be known faster," said Muhammad Awaluddin.

AP II will always improve the capabilities of Soekarno-Hatta Airport as Indonesia's main gateway and so that it can continue to contribute in handling COVID-19.