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Ministry releases new regulations for air transportation passengers

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The Ministry of Transportation's Directorate General for Air Transportation released a circular letter on health requirements that must be met by domestic travelers.

In a statement received here, Tuesday, Director General for Air Transportation Novie Riyanto expounded that air transportation passengers will be required to show their vaccination cards, have received at least one dose, and have obtained a negative COVID-19 result in an RT-PCR test taken 48 hours prior to their departure.

"As for flights outside Java and Bali, passengers will need to show negative test results from an RT-PCR taken 48 hours prior or a negative result from an antigen swab test conducted in the last 24 hours prior to departure," Riyanto noted while shedding light on the stipulations in Circular Letter Number 53 of 2021.

He further elaborated that during the Eid al-Adha holiday period, on July 19-25, restrictions are being applied for travelers under the age of 18, barring those traveling for work-related activities in the essential and critical sectors, people with urgent needs, such as patients with serious health conditions, pregnant women accompanied by one family member, women going into labor accompanied by a maximum of two people, and those taking non-COVID-19 related remains, with a maximum of five people permitted.

Those traveling for work in the essential and critical sectors are also required to show their worker registration certificates (STRP) or letters from their local governments and workplaces. Those, with urgent matters to tend to, are required to show their travel details, including referrals from hospitals or letters from local governments.

The circular letter also imposes exemption on vaccination cards for those with emergency medical needs, with referrals from internists; patients with severe health conditions; and pregnant women accompanied by one family member.

"The public is expected to follow these restrictions, so that our efforts in breaking the chain of COVID-19 do not go in vain," he reiterated. (Antaranews)

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