The Ministry of Transportation officially released a derivative rule regulating air travel with the GeNose C19 test.
Airplane passengers who wish to travel must show negative results for the GeNose test made at the airport no later than 1×24 hours before departure.
The regulation is contained in Circular Letter (SE) number 26 of 2021 concerning Guidelines for the Implementation of Domestic Travel by Air Transportation during the Covid-19 Pandemic on Wednesday (31/3).
The regulation refers to Circular Letter of the Covid 19 Handling Task Force Number 12 of 2021 concerning Provisions for the Travel of Domestic People During the Covid-19 Pandemic which takes effect from April 1, 2021.
In the regulations, it is explained that a negative result of GeNose C19 at the airport can be used within 1×24 hours before departure.
In addition to GeNose, the Ministry of Transportation also allows RT-PCR test results which can be used during maximum of 3×24 hours, and rapid Antigen taken within a maximum period of 2×24 hours before departure.
Especially for flight departures to I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport, Bali, the RT-PCR or Antigen test results are valid a maximum of 2×24 hours before departure. It is longer than the previous rule, which was 1×24 hours.
For GeNose, the provisions for going to Bali or other areas have not changed, which is a maximum of 24 hours before departure.
However, the requirement has a few exceptions. First, it does not apply to pioneer air freight flights.
Second, it does not apply to air transport flights in the 3 T area (underdeveloped, frontier, and outermost). Third, it does not apply to child passengers under 5 years of age.
Prospective passengers are also required to fill out Indonesia’s e-HAC at the departure airport.
Furthermore, if a passenger shows symptoms even though the RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen or GeNose results are negative, the passenger is not allowed to continue the journey.
“And required to perform RT-PCR diagnostic tests and independent isolation during the waiting time for the results of the examination,” states the Circular Letter.
The flight ticket refund process will be carried out in accordance with statutory provisions.
“Aircraft personnel on duty on flights are required to show a negative result using RT-PCR or rapid antigen test samples were taken within 7×24 hours before departure,” said Director General of Civil Aviation Novie Riyanto.
At the same time as the issuance of the Circular Letter, in the narrow-body and wide-body, jet transport categories used for domestic commercial transportation, the maximum provision of 70 percent of the transport capacity is not enforced.
However, it is mandatory to provide three rows of seats for the quarantine area for passengers who show symptoms or are unwell during the flight.
With the enactment of Circular Letter Number 16, the SE Minister of Transportation Number 19 of 2020 is revoked and declared invalid.
“This Circular Letter is effective from April 1, 2021, until a later date and can be evaluated according to the needs and/or the latest developments in the field,” explained Novie.
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