Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Sheremetyevo International Airport are launching a pilot project for Russia’s transport industry on express-testing for coronavirus, using EMG systems, for arriving and departing passengers, the Fund said in a statement on Monday.
"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," the statement said.
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.
"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. The launch of a passenger testing service is the first step towards creating coronavirus-free airports," RDIF Chief Executive Officer Kirill Dmitriev was quoted as saying.
"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," General Director of Sheremetyevo International Airport Mikhail Vasilenko added.