Monday, 20 July 2020

Sheremetyevo International Airport to launch COVID-19 testing for passengers

                                             The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia's sovereign wealth fund, and Sheremetyevo International Airport announced the launch of express-testing for coronavirus, using EMG systems, for arriving and departing passengers.
Testing will be available for all passengers transiting through Sheremetyevo International Airport from July 20 2020 at the Terminal B health center (domestic flights), and July 27 2020 at Terminal D (domestic and international flights).

It is a pilot project for Russia's transport industry. The express service for COVID-19 diagnostics providing the most reliable result in 60 minutes is being introduced at Sheremetyevo airport ahead of the upcoming opening of international regular air services and meets the requests of passengers. Testing will be available for all passengers from July 20 2020 at the Terminal B health center (domestic flights), and July 27 2020 at Terminal D (domestic and international flights). The test results will be available in Russian and English.

The EMG diagnostic system, created with support from RDIF, is one of the fastest and most accurate in the world; adapted for both fixed and unique mobile mini-laboratories (the portable system fits in two small suitcases).


The test systems are already used for preventive testing at the production facilities of the largest Russian enterprises and to ensure safety at major events. Notably, the leaders and members of official delegations who arrived in the Russian Federation for the Victory Parade on June 24 were also tested for coronavirus using EMG systems. The express diagnostic system is ready for use everywhere and can be provided as a service for passengers at transport facilities such as airports and train stations.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said:  "Sheremetyevo International Airport has become the first airport in the world where it is possible to take the fastest and most accurate PCR test for coronavirus infection, which is produced by our portfolio Russian-Japanese company EMG. Test results are available within an hour. The launch of a passenger testing service is the first step towards creating coronavirus-free airports. Such air hubs will allow for air communication between countries to be restored and for tourism to resume with passengers protected from the virus. We hope that the successful experience of Sheremetyevo will be an example for other major airports around the world."

Mikhail Vasilenko, General Director of Sheremetyevo International Airport JSC, noted:  "For Sheremetyevo passengers, the opportunity to be tested for coronavirus and get the result in 60 minutes directly while they are at the airport, will certainly become popular and is another important step in our work to ensure safety and improve the quality of our service."

Sheremetyevo is the first airport in Russia to introduce the most relevant and sought after medical services on an international level for all its visitors. When organizing passenger transportation at the airport, special attention is paid to ensuring the safety and health protection of customers, guests and employees. Sheremetyevo is fully implementing a set of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in accordance with the instructions and recommendations of state authorities and medical institutions. One of the key elements of a reliable health protection system is the availability of fast and accurate diagnostics for COVID-19 for all categories of passengers, guests and staff.







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