COVID-19 Task Force Issues Circular Number 21 on Domestic Travel During Pandemic
The COVID-19 Handling Task Force has issued Circular Number 21 of 2022 on Provisions for Domestic Travels During Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.
“This circular is effective from July 17, 2022 to a certain time and will be further evaluated based on the latest developments on the ground or the evaluation results of ministries/government institutions,” Head of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Suharyanto says in the circular.
The objective of this circular is to enforce health protocols on domestic travelers which aims to prevent spike in COVID-19 transmission.
The followings are health protocol provisions for domestic travelers stipulated in the circular:
- Every traveler must observe and comply with health protocols by taking the following measures:
- Wearing a three-ply cloth mask or a medical mask that covers the nose, the mouth, and the chin in indoor place or the crowds;
- Changing the mask regularly every four hours and disposing the used mask in the designated places;
- Washing hands regularly using water and soap or hand sanitizer, especially after touching objects that have been touched by others;
- Maintaining a distance of minimum 1.5 meters from others and avoiding crowds;
- Prohibiting one-way or two-way communication by telephone or directly during travel on land, rail, sea, river, lake, ferry, and air transportation modes;
- Domestic travelers must comply with the following provisions:
- Every individual who travels with private or public vehicle is responsible for his/her own health and is subject to the applicable terms and conditions;
- Every domestic traveler is obliged to use PeduliLindungi application as a condition to travel within the country;
- Travelers with private or public air, sea, and land transportation modes, ferry, and trains from and to regions across Indonesia are subject to the following provisions:
- Domestic travelers who have received the third vaccination dose (booster) are not obligated to show a negative result of RT-PCR or rapid antigen test;
- Domestic travelers who have received the second vaccination dose must show a negative result of rapid antigen test taken within 1 x 24 hours or RT-PCR test taken within 3 x 24 hours before departure as a travel requirement and may do the third vaccination dose (booster) on-site upon departure;
- Domestic travelers who have received the first vaccination dose must show a negative result of RT-PCR test taken within 3 x 24 hours before departure as a travel requirement;
- Domestic travelers with special medical conditions or comorbidities that prevent them to get vaccinated are exempted from mandatory vaccination requirement; however they must show a negative result of rapid antigen test taken within a maximum period of 1 x 24 hours or RT-PCR test taken within a maximum period of 3 x 24 hours before departure as a travel requirement and are required to show a medical certificate from a government hospital stating that the travelers have not been and/or cannot get vaccinated against COVID-19;
- Domestic travelers with the age of 6-17 are obligated to show card/certificate of full dose vaccination without show a negative result of RT-PCR or rapid antigen test; or
- Domestic travelers under the age of six are exempted from mandatory vaccination requirement and are not required to show a negative result of RT-PCR or rapid antigen test. However, they must go with a travel companion who has complied with provisions on vaccination and must strictly observe the health protocols.
- Routine travels using land transportation with private or public vehicles and trains in one region/urban agglomeration region are exempted from the travel requirements as referred to in letter c.
- The provisions as referred to in number 2 do not apply to pioneer transportation modes, including in border areas, frontier, outermost, and least developed areas, and to limited sailings according to the situation in their respective areas.
- Every transportation mode operator is obligated to use PeduliLindungi application to check travel requirements for every domestic traveler.
- Ministries/Government institutions, provincial/regency/city governments that will impose special criteria and requirements related to travelers in their respective regions may follow up by issuing a legal instrument that is in line with and not against with this Circular.
- The legal instrument that regulates the special criteria and requirements as referred to in number 5 constitutes an integral part of this Circular.
“As this circular takes effect, Circular of COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 18 of 2022 on Provisions for Domestic Travels During Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic is revoked and declared null and void,” Suharyanto says. (COVID-19 Handling Task Force/UN) (GWH/LW)