Government Bans Home-Town Bound Trips for Eid al-Fitr 2021

On April 7, 2021, the Indonesian Covid-19 Task Force issued Circular Letter No. 13 of 2021 on the Restrictions of Home-town Bound Traveling for Eid al-Fitr 1442 Hijri and Efforts to Control the Spread of Covid-19 During the Holy Month of Ramadhan 1442 Hijri (the “Circular Letter”). The Circular Letter is issued in relation to the Government’s effort to limit and discontinue the spread of Covid-19 that will potentially increase due to trips of the public for religious, family-related, or tourism activities during the Holy Month of Ramadhan, especially homeward bound traveling (locally known as “mudik”).

The Circular Letter will be effective from May 6, 2021 until May 17, 2021 (both dates inclusive, the “Restricted Period”) and will be adjusted with the needs and/or recent developments.

We set out below the key points under the Circular Letter that the public will be subject to.

  • Protocols for Restrictions of Mudik and Prevention of Covid-19 Spread

During the Restricted Period, mudik, including all forms of travels in and out of their respective regions (“perjalanan orang”), is temporarily restricted for public using all cross-town/district/province/country modes of transportation (land, train, sea, and air) as an effort to limit human mobilities during the Holy Month of Ramadhan and Eid al-Fitr.

Perjalanan orang is allowed for logistic distribution services and traveling, in forced circumstances, for non-mudik purposes, which are: business trips, visiting an unwell family member, attending a family member’s funeral, a pregnant woman accompanied by 1 family member, and childbirth-related matters accompanied by maximum 2 people. In such conditions, travelers must attain a print-out of a written travel permit or entry and exit permit (Surat Izin Keluar Masuk, an “SIKM”), with the following requirements:

  • For employees of government institutions/state apparatus (ASN), employees of state-owned or regional-owned enterprises (BUMN or BUMD), Militaries, and Police members, they must attach a print-out of a written travel permit signed or e-signed by officials equivalent as Echelon II and the traveler’s identity;
  • For employees of private-sector companies, they must attach a print-out of a written travel permit signed or e-signed by the leaders of the company and the traveler’s identity;
  • For informal sector workers, they must attach a print-out of a written travel permit signed or e-signed by Head of the Village (Kepala Desa) or Lurah and the traveler’s identity;
  • For non-working individuals, they must attach a print-out of a written travel permit signed or e-signed by Head of the Village (Kepala Desa) or Lurah and the traveler’s identity;

Such a written travel permit or an SIKM only applies individually, valid for one round trip, and is mandatory for travelers who are 17 years of age or older.

In addition, all travelers are subject to the protocols for domestic travelers based on the Indonesian Covid-19 Task Force Circular Letter No. 12 of 2021 on Provisions for Domestic Travelers during the Covid-19 Pandemic, as explained in our previous newsflash: Updated Protocols and Guidance for Domestic Travelers – AKSET Law, in which document screenings for negative Covid-19 test results will be carried out in rest areas, borders of major cities, checkpoints, and agglomeration area sealing points, by the members of military/police and regional government.

Indonesian citizens who are currently abroad and wish to return to Indonesia or repatriate are encouraged to postpone their return until after the Restricted Period.

  • Sanctions

Forgery of negative Covid-19 test results using RT-PCR/antigen rapid test/GeNose C19 or written travel permits/SIKMs for non-mudik purposes will be subject to sanctions in accordance with the applicable laws.

In addition, violations of the Circular Letter will be subject to fines, social sanctions, confinement and/or other criminal sanctions in accordance with the applicable laws.

 

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April 12, 2021

Please contact Johannes C. Sahetapy-Engel (jsahetapyengel@aksetlaw.com) or Satria Kasmaliputra (mkasmaliputra@aksetlaw.com) for further information.

 

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