Passengers protest at Venezuelan airport over mandatory PCR payment.

Dozens of passengers arriving this Wednesday to Venezuela, through the Simon Bolivar International Airport, protested and went beyond the sanitary controls imposed, in rejection of the obligation to undergo a coronavirus detection test and the payment of the same, which amounts to 60 dollars, as stipulated by the Government.

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The crowd, most of them wearing masks, pushed and shoved through the human fence that was designed in this airport, the main one in the country and which serves Caracas, to stop the transit of passengers arriving to Venezuela from abroad, EFE reported .

This new sanitary control, which came into effect on Wednesday, establishes that every person who sets foot on Venezuelan territory must undergo a PCR test in a single laboratory, before going through immigration formalities, collecting luggage or going through customs.

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On the first day under this modality, some social media users posted pictures to show long lines of people waiting between two and four hours to undergo these tests.

According to some comments shared on Twitter, there were problems to complete the payment of these tests, since they must be paid exclusively with dollars in cash and the staff did not have money to give change, a scenario that is repeated in almost all stores in Venezuela.

In the videos shared on Thursday, some of the health personnel can be seen trying to restrain the passengers, but they managed to advance without undergoing the test, although it is not known if they were later returned by the authorities.

The airport, also through Twitter, assured today that passengers coming from international flights “comply with the established biosecurity protocol and epidemiological fence”, a statement that was supported by a video showing the apparent normality with which this process takes place.

The Venezuelan airline Laser informed of the activation of a web page “where all passengers must register before starting their return trip” to Venezuela, although it did not clarify whether this information will be handled by the private company or by the aeronautical authorities.

Laser ratified that before boarding flights to Venezuela, it will be mandatory for passengers to submit a negative PCR test, “according to the procedures already established by the national aeronautical authority”.

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