The government added new regulations regarding the prohibition of customary homecomings (mudik) ahead of Idul Fitri this year. The Covid-19 Task Force letter regulates the tightening of homecoming requirements from April 22 to May 5, 2021 and May 18 to May 24, 2021, and confirms the provisions for eliminating homecoming on May 6-17.
Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Task Force Wiku Adisasmito emphasized that the issuance of this circular was aimed at anticipating an increase in the flow of population movements that have the potential to increase the transmission of Covid-19 cases between regions in the period before and after the homecoming period.
According to Wiku, the opportunity for community mobility rises ahead of Idul Fitri, for religious, family and tourism activities.
“Based on the results of the survey after the determination of the elimination of homecoming during Idul Fitri 2021 by the Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia, it was found that there were still a group of people who wanted to go home between a week before or a week after the enactment of the Eid Homecoming Elimination Regulation,” Wiku said on Thursday (22/4).
Specific provisions were stipulated for tightening mobility for Domestic Travel Players (PPDN) during the period of April 22-May 5 and May 18-24, namely shortening the validity period of health certificates.
Air, sea and intercity rail travelers must show a negative result from a RT-PCR/ antigen rapid test, taken within a maximum period of 24 hours before departure, or a certificate of negative results for the GeNose C19 test at airports, seaports and railway stations before departure as well as completing Indonesia’s e-HAC application.
Wiku emphasized that during this restricted travel period, there is no specific criteria for travelers as stated in SE Task Force N0.13 for the period of eliminating homecoming from May 6-17, 2021.
Meanwhile, specifically for routine trips by sea transportation within districts/ regencies/ provinces, or by both private and public land transportation in urban areas, it is not required to show Covid-19 test results as a condition for travel.
“However, random tests will be carried out if needed by the Regional Covid-19 Task Force,” said Wiku.
The Covid-19 Task Force is also ready to carry out random tests for land travelers. Public ground transportation travelers are advised to take an independent Covid-19 test within a maximum of 24 hours before departure, or a GeNose C19 test as a condition of travel.
Furthermore, Wiku reminded the public that filling out Indonesia’s e-HAC (application) is compulsory for air and sea travelers.
Children under 5 years of age are not required to take a test.
If PCR, rapid antigen or GeNose C19 test results are negative but the traveler shows symptoms, the traveler will not be permitted to continue the trip. The traveler will be required to take RT-PCR diagnostic tests and perform self-isolation while waiting for the results of the examination.
“In principle, even though we have obtained a letter of negative Covid-19 results, it does not mean that we can guarantee that we are always negative because the opportunity for transmission is still there. Therefore, use the government’s right to travel responsibly. If it is not urgent, don’t go,” Wiku said firmly.