TEMPO.CO, Tangerang - State-run airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) would install 10 more PCR test booths at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta Airport for international arrivals. “The number of PCR test chambers will be increased from 10 to 20 booths,” said AP II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin in his statement, Monday, September 20.
The addition of the PCR test booth, Awaluddin explained, was to ensure the smooth flow of international arrivals and the COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving from abroad. “Health protocols must be maintained under any circumstances,” he added.
Three holding bays are opened for international passengers before carrying out PCR tests and two waiting bays for passengers to wait for the test results and continue their journey to the quarantine site.
“We continue to monitor the situation in the international arrivals area and will add more holding bays if necessary to ensure the health protocols and prevent crowds,” said Awaluddin.
The mandatory PCR test at Soekarno-Hatta Airport for arriving passengers is mandated in the Transportation Ministry’s Circular No. 74/2021. The policy was aimed at anticipating a surge in COVID-19 cases of new variants, viz. Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, and Mu variant, as well as other potential new variants.