Ministry denies discrimination in COVID-19 PCR test requirement
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Department of Transportation has denied any discrimination in the COVID-19 PCR test requirement between the public and airline crews. The ministry’s director general of civil aviation, Novie Riyanto, said flight attendants are allowed to perform antigen testing because their flight areas lack PCR testing facilities.
âNo discrimination, but they (the flight crew) can take PCR or antigen tests. For flights to and from areas without PCR testing facilities, they can use antigen testing, âNovie told Tempo today October 28.
The flight requirements for flight crews are governed by Ministerial Circular No.88 of 2021, which requires them to show a negative result of a COVID-19 test. However, unlike airline passengers – especially on flights to Java and Bali – who are required to test negative in the PCR test, airline crews are allowed to bring rapid antigen test results.
In addition, the validity of the two test results lasts longer for cabin crew up to 7×24 hours from the time of departure, while for passengers it is only 3×24 hours from the time of departure. ‘departure time.
Novie said the length of the validity period took into account several conditions, including the standard health monitoring program owned by each airline for its staff.
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