State-owned PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) shall require child passengers aged 5 years and over to show a letter of negative Covid-19 results at company-managed airports. The rules take effect from February 9, 2021 for an indefinite period.
This is stated in the latest requirements for passenger travel on domestic routes. The policy is in accordance with the Circular (SE) of the Ministry of Transportation Number 19/2021 concerning Guidelines for the Implementation of Domestic Travel with Air Transportation during the Covid-19 Pandemic, and SE of the Ministry of Transportation Number 21/2021 concerning Guidelines for International Travel by Air Transportation during the Covid-19 Pandemic Period.
The two Circulars of the Ministry of Transportation are in line with the Covid-19 Task Force Circulars Number 7/2021, Covid-19 Task Force for Covid-19 Number 8/2021, and Covid-19 Task Force for Covid-19 Circular Number 9/2021.
President Director of AP II Muhammad Awaluddin explained that prospective aircraft passengers must show a negative result of a polymerase chain reaction rapid-test (RT-PCR), with the sample taken within 48 hours, or a negative result of an antigen rapid test, with the sample taken within 24 hours before departure for flights to Bali.
“The requirements for the Covid-19 test do not apply to exploration flights, flights in 3T (disadvantaged, frontier, outermost) areas, or for child passengers under 5 years of age,” explained Awaluddin in an official statement.
In addition to showing a negative Covid-19 test result, during flights of less than 2 hours, airline passengers are not allowed to eat and drink, except for passengers who are required to consume drugs for medical reasons, which if not carried out could endanger their health and safety.
AP II is collaborating with other stakeholders at the airports to ensure the implementation of this latest aviation requirement.
Soekarno-Hatta Airport will be the main focus, due to its’ vital position in the midst of a pandemic. Soekarno-Hatta Airport is the arrival center for all international flights and is also an anchor airport for domestic flights.
To support travelers in fulfilling flight requirements, AP II airports are providing Airport Health Center facilities as locations to conduct Covid-19 tests, including rapid antigen tests or RT-PCR for prospective aircraft passengers.
“At Soekarno-Hatta Airport, AP II also coordinates with airlines every day to support the smooth process of getting to quarantine locations for newly arrived international air passengers,” he said.