A Number of Passengers Proven Reactive Towards Covid-19 Upon Arrival at Ngurah Rai Airport

As of yesterday, the policy of the Governor of Bali Circular Letter Number 2021/2020 has been in effect since December 19, 2020. The policy, which was revised on December 17, 2020, relates to Domestic Traveler who wish to enter Bali by air. Namely, it is mandatory to show a certificate of negative results from the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based swab test no later than 7 x 24 hours (D-7) before departure, and fill out Indonesia’s e-HAC. Before being revised, the policy was shown at most 2 x 24 hours (D-2). In addition, the policy will take effect from 19 December 2020, from the previous 18 December 2020.

Rapid test facility in Bali Airport
Rapid test facility in Bali Airport

Meanwhile, Domestic Travelers who travel by private vehicle via land and sea transportation are required to show a negative result of the antigen rapid test, which is also revised to be at most 7 x 24 hours (D-7) before departure.

Certificates of negative results for both PCR and rapid antigen tests must be valid for 14 days from issuance. However, Domestic Traveler under 12 years of age are exempted from this obligation.

Passengers are queuing to take rapid test as one of flying requirements
Passengers are queuing to take rapid test as one of flying requirements

The government also makes it easy for passengers from departure areas that do not have test facilities. That is, they are still allowed to fly to Bali. However, once arriving at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, passengers must undergo a rapid antibody and antigen test at the Domestic Arrival Terminal. Of the several passengers who had just carried out the test, some of the results were reactive.

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According to the statement of the Stakeholder Relation Manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, Taufan Yudhistira, his party has provided rapid test services to 561 passengers, on Monday (21/12/2020). Each of the 425 passengers underwent a rapid antigen test and 136 passengers underwent an antibody rapid test. Of that number, 34 of them departed from areas that did not yet have PCR facilities.

“Two confirmed positive antigens, confirmed reactive from two antibodies. Are they definitely positive for COVID-19? Not yet. They have to do a PCR swab check, ”he explained, Tuesday (12/22/2020).

On Sunday (20/12/2020), the airport has served 624 passengers rapid tests. Each of the 453 passengers carried out an antigen rapid test, and 171 passengers carried out an antibody rapid test. Of that number, 34 of them departed from areas that did not yet have PCR facilities.

Arrival in Bali Airport in December 2020
Arrival in Bali Airport in December 2020

“Confirmed positive for the antigen four people. It was confirmed that antibody one was reactive, “he added.

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Then what will happen to the passengers whose rapid antigen results are reactive? They were asked to choose two options. Namely obliged to do PCR independently, or choose to be referred by the COVID-19 Task Force to the hospital. Meanwhile, passengers whose rapid antibody test results are reactive are advised to self-isolate, as well as see a doctor for further processing.

Meanwhile the number of arrivals at the Domestic Terminal of Ngurah Rai Airport since the enactment of circulars Number 2021 of 2020 is as follows:

* 19 December 2020: 5,318 passengers totaling 82 aircraft traffic

* 20 December 2020: 6,289 passengers as many as 97 aircraft traffic

* 21 December 2020: 4,630 passengers totaling 75 aircraft traffic

As for departures from Bali:

* 19 December 2020: 7,018 passengers totaling 83 aircraft traffic

* 20 December 2020: 9,163 passengers totaling 98 aircraft traffic

* 21 December 2020: 6,767 passengers, 77 aircraft traffic.

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