Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport imposed a PCR test price cap of Rp 495,000
TEMPO.CO, Badung, Bali – State airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I revealed that resort island Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport Authority has imposed a newly standardized price cap for individual requests. PCR tests at Rp495,000.
The ceiling price for these real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests came into effect on August 19, 2021, said PT AP I general manager at Ngurah Rai International Airport Herry AY Sikado .
Ngurah Rai International Airport, located in Badung district or about 13 km from Denpasar, the capital of Bali province, is one of 13 airports operated by AP I in central and eastern Indonesia.
The airport authority is imposing this newly standardized price cap for RT-PCR tests in response to the Ministry of Health circular No. 02.02 / I / 2845/2021 of August 16, 2021, he said on Saturday.
The price cap is expected to help minimize spending by air passengers and have a positive impact on air transport services, he said.
RT-PCR testing is being served to travelers in the public area of the domestic arrival terminal thanks to the airport authority’s collaboration with the Bali Jimbaran Public Hospital, he said.
The COVID-19 test booth at the airport also serves those who need rapid antigen testing by paying Rp 200,000. PCR and antigen test results have been fed into the Ministry of Health’s PeduliLindungi app.
Sikado urges travelers wishing to take COVID-19 swab and antigen testing to consider their flight schedules, he added.
President Joko Widodo recently requested that the ceiling for individually requested PCR tests be set between Rp 450,000 and Rp 550,000.
He also requested that swab test results be published within 24 hours of testing.
The government price cap for individually requested PCR tests was previously set at Rp 900,000.
Following the President’s request, the Ministry of Health issued Circular Letter No.HK.02.02 / I / 2845/2021 on the new price cap for the RT-PCR test on August 16, 2021.
The ministry’s circular capped the price of RT-PCR tests at Rp 495,000 in Java and Bali and Rp 525,000 in areas outside the two islands.
ANTARA previously reported that the government had set the ceiling price for individually requested PCR tests at Rp 900,000 and rapid antigen testing at Rp 250,000 for the island of Java and Rp 275,000 for areas outside Java.
Coronavirus infections first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, and then spread to various parts of the world, including countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Indonesian government announced the country’s first confirmed cases on March 2, 2020.
Since then, central and regional governments have made persistent efforts to flatten the coronavirus curve by imposing health care protocols as well as social and travel restrictions.
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