April 22, 2021

From April 22, the Requirements for Medical Certificates for Travel Became More Strict

Indonesia’s Covid-19 Task Force has issued an addendum to Circular 13 of 2021 regarding the negation of Mudik on Idul Fitri year 1442 according to the Islamic calendar. In this addendum letter, the tightening of the restriction regime begins 14 days before the negation of Mudik, that is, on April 22, and is valid for 7 days after the negation of Mudik, that is, until May 24.

Mudik is a Muslim trip home to visit a family in their hometown or village, usually at the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan and coinciding with the celebration of Idul Fitri (Eid Al Fitr).

In the previous Circular, the Task Force regulated movement restrictions on 6-17 May 2021.

In particular, among the complications of the travel rules of the period before and after the abolition of the mudik is the change in the validity period of PCR and rapid antigen tests. Previously, the validity period of such tests ranged from 48 to 72 hours, now such tests are valid for 24 hours.

The updated document and its rules apply to domestic travel in Indonesia.

For 14 days before the cancellation of the mudik and 7 days after, there was no new requirement to provide a travel authorization document for travel, namely Surat Izin Keluar Masuk (SIKM). Whereas for travel during the negation of Mudik on May 6-17, such a document will still be required for travel in Indonesia.

The task force will also conduct random tests for ground travelers using public transport. The test will be performed using the Rapid Antigen Test Method or GeNose C19.

Travelers traveling by air and sea must complete the Indonesia e-HAC before traveling. Other travelers are advised to do this.

Covid-19 test rules do not apply to children under 5 for domestic travel.

The target group does not prohibit travel for vehicles of logistics services and acute reasons not related to Mudik.

Exempt from travel restrictions for May 6-17: drivers of vehicles providing logistics services, travelers with acute needs who do not commit mudik, including those who make work / official trips, visiting sick family members, visiting deceased family members accompanying pregnant women (maximum 1 attendant), accompanying women in labor (maximum 2 attendants), and some other persons who do not commit mudik, who have a certificate from the local head of the village/head of the district (lurah).

Thus, the requirements for the expiration dates of certificates for COVID-19 for traveling around the country from April 22 became as follows:

a. Anyone traveling by air must present a negative RT-PCR / rapid antigen test, samples of which were collected within a maximum period of 1 x 24 hours before departure, or a negative GeNose C19 test result submitted at the airport before departure as a travel requirement and complete e-HAC Indonesia;

b. Anyone traveling by sea must present a negative RT-PCR / rapid antigen test certificate, samples of which were collected within 1 x 24 hours before departure, or a negative GeNose C19 test result submitted at the port before departure as a travel requirement and complete e-HAC Indonesia;

c. Travelers making sea crossing trips must present a negative RT-PCR / rapid antigen test, the sample taken no later than 1 x 24 hours before departure, or a negative GeNose C19 test, submitted at the port before departure as travel requirements and complete e-HAC Indonesia;

d. No RT-PCR / Rapid Antigen Test / GeNose C19 Test Negative Certificate is required for routine travel by sea for limited shipping within the same area / county / province or by land, both private and public, in an urban area as travel condition, but the random test will be performed by the Regional COVID-19 Task Force if required;

f. Travelers traveling on intercity trains must show a negative RT-PCR / rapid antigen test result taken within 1 x 24 hours before departure, or a negative GeNose C19 test taken on Railway station before departure, as a prerequisite for travel;

f. Passengers on public ground transportation will undergo a random rapid antigen / GeNose C19 test is determined by the Regional COVID-19 Task Force;

g. Individuals traveling by private ground transportation are advised to have RT-PCR or rapid antigen tests took up to a maximum of 1 x 24 hours before departure, or GeNose C19 test as a travel requirement, and random tests if necessary The Regional COVID-19 Task Force;

h. It is recommended to complete e-HAC Indonesia for travelers using all public and private ground transportation, except for travelers by air and sea, who are required to complete the e-HAC Indonesia;

i. Children under 5 years old do not need RT-PCR / Rapid Antigen Test / GeNose C19 test as a condition of travel within the country;

j. If the traveler’s RT-PCR / Rapid Antigen / GeNose C19 test is negative but shows symptoms, the traveler cannot continue and must perform RT-PCR diagnostic tests and self-isolate while awaiting examination results.

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