Swab tests for Indonesia arrivals
Aviation authorities in Indonesia have mandated that from May 28 all travellers arriving in the country will required to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based swab test. Previously visitors had to present a medical statement with attached PCR results taken within seven days prior to the journey that confirmed a negative result for the Covid-19 virus. Trials have already been completed to ensure swab tests are be practical and can detect passengers with the virus.
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The swab test rule is likely to remain in force for as long as there is no cure or vaccine for Covid-19 making it a new normal for international travel possibly well into 2021.
Meanwhile, AirAsia Indonesia says it will resume domestic and limited international services starting 1 June.
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