Bali Administration Regional Secretary Dewa Made Indra. (Humas Pemprov/fb)
Bali Administration Regional Secretary Dewa Made Indra. (Humas Pemprov)

DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali Government with the Ngurah Rai International Airport held a simulation of international passenger’s arrival at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Saturday, October 9. The simulation is part of the preparation for Bali re-opening for foreign tourists starting on October 14, 2021.

The simulation involved 90 people of the airport community. The passengers were simulated arriving from South Korea’s Incheon Airport.

They demonstrated all the procedures based on the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the arrival of passengers from abroad at Ngurah Rai Airport.

Upon arrival, passengers must check their body temperature through a thermal scanner monitored by officers. Passengers with a body temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or lower, can continue the next process. Meanwhile, those whose body temperature is above 38 degrees Celsius will be directed to a further examination room.

If the observation results show that the person is healthy, he/she can continue the next process. On the other hand, if the results show that the person is unwell, they will be referred to a hospital for further treatment.

The next stage is the registration counter, where officers from the Covid-19 Task Force will serve the passengers for the data and will print barcodes.

In the next process, passengers must follow an inspection of health documents and the quarantine hotel carried out by the Port Health Office (KKP) by barcodes tapping.

The next stage is taking passenger’s RT-PCR samples, and the airport management has prepared 20 booths for this step. The airport also provides a waiting room while waiting for the results of the RT-PCR which is estimated to take 60 minutes. The quarantine hotel will also collect data in this waiting room.

After that, passengers will be directed to the immigration counter for immigration documents check. Proceed to picking up baggage on the conveyor belt and scanning the electronic customs declaration barcode by the customs officer.

Bali Administration Regional Secretary Dewa Made Indra who attended the simulation said, that this is a very important part to test the SOP.

“This activity is carried out to anticipate government policies, where starting on October 14, Ngurah Rai Airport will be opened for international flights, especially for foreign tourists,” he said.

He added that all stakeholders are responsible for ensuring that SOPs will be implemented properly.

“The SOP must be able to control the flow of passenger starts from arrival, RT-PCR sampling, immigration and customs inspection processes, and escorting passengers to temporary accommodation or hospitals for those whose RT-PCR results are positive for Covid-19. We have made the document, today it is simulated so that later the implementation will run smoothly,” he explained.

Dewa Indra hopes that the SOP will be carried out properly so that the two goals can be achieved, namely the recovery of the Bali economy and the Covid-19 in Bali remains under control.

“The gate of Bali for tourists is opened, but Covid-19 cases must not increase. That should be the concern of all parties. Therefore, this SOP must be implemented as well as possible,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of Air Transportation of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation Novie Riyanto said, his party will carry out a very detailed arrangement so that the SOP can be carried out properly.

“We will set it in great detail, including setting the landing hours. We will continue to monitor how long the real-time is spent on the stages referring to the SOP. The point is, we want tourists to feel comfortable in the filtering process,” he said.


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