As Bali Governor extends the testing upon entry requirement, initially set to end on Jan 8/21, he has additionally revised the decree.
Logistics carrier crews will no longer have access to free rapid antigen testing at Gilimanuk Port. Like everyone else, they too must provide proof of documentation prior, or pay to use the facility provided at the port.
The new policy came into effect as of Saturday (9/1).
“There will be no exception, everyone is required to complete the rapid antigen test with negative results” said Spokesman of Jembrana Covid-19 Handling Task Force, I Gusti Agung Putu Arisantha.
He also stated that the free rapid antigen test center for logistic drivers no longer exists, however, the testing laboratory enabled by the government is still available at Gilimanuk Port.
Between Dec 19/20 to Jan 8/21, the provincial government provided free testing to transport crews.
3,704 rapid antigen tests were conducted out of which 14 resulted reactive, in which case they were denied entry and sent back to Java immediately.
“Although the rapid antigen test center is no longer operating, officers enforce everyone to comply with this entry requirement. The rapid antigen test is mandatory to gain entry into the island” Arisantha concluded.
Previously, transport drivers voiced concern in having to test at their own expense. Some even protested at the port stating the cost of testing was too high.
The situation impacted the supply chain in Bali as most logistic supplies in the island are dependent on other islands like Java.
(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)