Transportation Ministry Issues Guidelines for Domestic, International Travel during Pandemic
Ministry of Transportation has issued several Circulars on Implementing Guidelines for Domestic and International Travel that stipulate an extension of health protocols implementation.
The circulars, coming into force on 9 February 2021, are follow-ups to Circular of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 7 of 2021 on Extension of Travel Provisions for Domestic Travel during COVID-19 Pandemic and Circular of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 8 of 2021 on Health Protocols for International Travel during COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Circulars of Ministry of Transportation consist of Circular Number 17 of 2021 for Land Transport, Circular Number 18 of 2021 for Domestic Sea Transport, Circular Number 19 of 2021 on Domestic Air Transport, Circular Number 20 of 2021 on Rail Transport, Circular Number 21 of 2021 on International Air Transport, and Circular Number 22 of 2021 on International Sea Transport.
“Referring to the Task Force Circular, Ministry of Transportation’s Circulars aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia by tightening travel requirements, especially during long holidays and religious holidays. The other provisions are, in principle, still the same as the previous Circular “, Spokesperson for Ministry of Transportation Adita Irawati said as quoted by dephub.go.id on Wednesday (10/02).
Several provisions stipulated in the Circular of Ministry of Transportation are as follows:
First, during long holidays or religious holidays, travelers traveling from and to the island of Java and within the island of Java (between provinces/regencies/cities) as well as travelers traveling to other areas using land transport modes and intercity train must carry out the RT PCR test/rapid antigen test/GeNose test taken within 1 × 24 hours before departure.
Second, travelers using land public transport from and to the island of Java and within the island of Java (between provinces/regencies/cities) as well as travelers traveling to other areas are subject to random check of rapid antigen test/GeNose test if deemed necessary by the Regional COVID-19 Handling Task Force.
Third, the implementation of the Circular will be evaluated fortnightly according to the latest developments on the ground.
“We urge all passengers to maintain self-discipline in observing health protocols in public transportation facilities and infrastructure. Our personnel will boost supervision to ensure that all provisions in the Circular can be implemented properly,” she remarked. (PR of Ministry of Transportation/UN) (RI/MUR)