On the 21st April a new circular letter was issued advising the domestic travel ban will be extended prior and post the previous announcement given in regards to dates 6th – 17th May.
The original dates set were made in retrospect of the Eid Al-Fitr period whereby millions of people migrate across Indonesia to be with family and loved ones during the holy month; however, due to increases in Covid spread, the Covid 19 Task force has imposed additional bans 2 weeks prior to the period as well as 1 week after.
So, what does this mean for people travelling around Indonesia?
During this new extended period, people may still travel between destinations, albeit with stricter protocols in place which include:
A negative RT-PCR or rapid test antigen test result taken within a maximum period of 24 hours before departure, or a certificate of a negative result of a GeNose C19 test at the airport or railway station before departure.
Who can still travel during 22nd April – 5th May & 18th – 24th May?
Those that are travelling for urgent needs, which include: work or official travel, visits to sick or bereaved family, pregnant women, a maximum of 2 people to assist child birth and certain non travellers who have obtained permission from local authorities.
Please see the official decree below:
What about travel during 6th – 17th May?
People may still travel; however, under even stricter guidelines:
2 types of people may travel, 1. logistic distribution vehicles and 2. work or official travel, visits to sick or bereaved family, pregnant women, a maximum of 2 people to assist child birth.
For these two sets of travellers, a printed travel permit or an exit and entry permit (SIKM) are required to be in hand. However, there are a number of conditions that must be met:
- Employees of government agencies, employees of state-owned enterprises, as well as the Indonesian National Army and Police personnel must attach a print-out of a written permit from an Echelon II level official accompanied by a hand-written signature or the official’s electronic signature and the identity of the prospective traveller.
- Private company employees must attach a print out of a written permit from the company’s leadership which is affixed with a penned signature or electronic signature of the company manager and the identity of the prospective traveller.
- Informal sector workers must attach a print out of a written permit from the village head including their hand-written signature or electronic signature, as well as the identity of the prospective traveller.
- The non-working general public must attach a print out of a written permit from their village head with the hand-written signature or electronic signature of the head and the identity of the prospective traveller.
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