The Jakarta Post
Passengers line up at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. (Courtesy of Lion Air Group/-)
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) has denied a rumor about rapid tests at the airport costing Rp 550,000 (US$36.94).
On May 13, a video circulated among Twitter users showing passengers lining up in what is said to be an airport.
“Prior to checking in, [we had] to pay Rp 550,000 for a rapid test without exception. This is the new business at the airport,” read the post. The user also asked the Transportation Ministry to verify the video.
On May 13, a video circulated among Twitter users which shows passengers lining up in what is said to be an airport. (Twitter/File)
PT Angkasa II director Awaluddin told kompas.com, “There is no rapid test facility for passengers at AP II’s airports, including Soekarno-Hatta [International airport in Tangerang, Banten]."
Awaluddin said that under the current air travel restrictions, passengers must fulfill a number of requirements based on circular letter No. 4/2020 issued by the COVID-19 task force. They are required to show their flight ticket, identity card and a letter stating that they are coronavirus-free, among other documents.
“Passengers have to follow these procedures. Therefore, we recommend that they arrive at the airport three to four hours earlier,” said Awaluddin.
He added that the airport staff would not be providing health letters and that passengers were expected to bring their own.
Among those who are allowed to fly are state officials, private sector workers and state-owned enterprise employees that provide health services, basic necessities, security and defense and vital economic functions.
The Port Health Authority (KKP), which operates under the Health Ministry, has been assigned to screen repatriated Indonesians for free through temperature checks, rapid tests and interviews upon arrival from overseas.
Anas Ma’ruf, Soekarno-Hatta Health Office head, said the KKP did not conduct rapid tests for passengers of domestic flights. “We never provide COVID-19 test service for domestic flights, and certainly don't charge for it,” Anas said. (wir/wng)
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