Indonesian Railway Passengers Increase 15 Percent Due to Abolition of Antigen Tests / PCR


The government has officially abolished the mandatory antigen/PCR test for Indonesian Railways (KAI) passengers. After this policy was approved by the government, PT KAI said that there had been an increase of 15 percent of passengers since the abolition of the Covid-19 (PCR-Antigen) test results.

PT KAI Public Relations Joni Martinus (10/3) said, “On March 9, 2022, a total of 86,939 long-distance train customers will be dispatched by KAI. This number is up 15.6 percent compared to last week on March 2, 2022, where KAI dispatched 75,192 long-distance train customers.”

Even though it has removed the Covid-19 test requirement, PT KAI remains committed to maintaining and implementing health protocols.

KAI always follows and complies with all regulations from the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19 on rail transportation modes,” said KAI VP of Public Relations Joni Martinus, Wednesday (9/3).
Furthermore, passengers must also comply with applicable health protocols to avoid the transmission of Covid-19.

“Customers are required to wear masks, wash hands with soap in running water, maintain distance, stay away from crowds, reduce mobility, avoid eating together, and use hand sanitizers,” he said.

To validate customer vaccination data, KAI has integrated the KAI ticketing system with the Peduli Protect application. As a result, customer vaccination data can be directly known by KAI at the time of booking tickets through KAI Access, the KAI website, and at boarding.

Previously, The government has waived the mandatory requirement of the rapid test antigen/RT-PCR for travelers who use the rail mode of transportation. However, some rules must be obeyed by passengers as a condition for boarding the train.

Passengers who are not required to show a PCR or antigen test are only passengers who have been vaccinated against the second (complete) or third (booster) dose. The regulation takes effect from Wednesday (9/3/2022).

The regulation adapts to the issuance of the Ministry of Transportation’s SE Number 25 of 2022 concerning Guidelines for the Implementation of Domestic Travel by Rail Transportation during the Covid-19 Pandemic Period on March 8, 2022.