The government has again imposed the PCR-antigen test as a condition for domestic travel (PPDN), whether using air, land, or sea transportation. This PCR-antigen test rule is specifically for people who have not done the booster vaccine.
These rules are stated in the Circular (SE) of the Covid-19 Handling Task Force 21/2022 regarding Travel Provisions for Domestic People during the Covid-19 Pandemic, as quoted on Monday (11/7/2022).
Previously, PPDN was no longer required to carry out antigen or PCR tests as long as they had received the second vaccination dose. However, now the government has issued a new regulation in response to the current dynamics.
A spokesman for the Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, said that this policy was issued not only to spur booster vaccinations but also to increase the protection of travelers.
“The policy will take effect on July 17 and will be evaluated after it is implemented,” said Wiku.
The following groups of people or travelers are required to carry out antigen and PCR tests:
- PPDN receiving the second dose of vaccination must show a negative result of the rapid antigen test whose sample is taken within 1 x 24 hours. Or a negative result of the RT-PCR test whose sample is taken within 3 x 24 hours before departure as a condition of travel, and can carry out a third dose of vaccination (booster) on-site upon departure.
- PPDN receiving the first dose of vaccination must show a negative result of the RT-PCR test whose sample was taken within 3 x 24 hours before departure as a condition of travel.
- PPDNs with special health conditions or comorbid diseases that prevent them from receiving vaccinations are exempt from the vaccination provisions but must show a negative result of the RT-PCR test whose sample is taken within 3 x 24 hours before departure. In addition, it is mandatory to attach a doctor’s certificate from a Government Hospital stating that the person concerned has not and/or is unable to take part in the COVID-19 vaccination.
In addition, the government also made adjustments for Foreign Travel Actors (PPLN) as outlined in SE 22/2022. One of them is the obligation of a booster as a condition for PPLN entering Indonesian territory.
Adjustment of differences in requirements between PPLN based on vaccination status. In detail, PPLNs are required to vaccinate a second dose with exceptions for children aged less than 18 years, holders of official residence permits and diplomatic residence permits, KITAS and KITAP holders, post-Covid recovery PPLNs, and PPLNs with special health conditions.
Then, symptom screening for all PPLN at the entry point and RT PCR confirmation examination for PPLN detected at the entry point having symptoms related to Covid-19 and/or body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius.
Second, adjustment of vaccination policy at the entry point, including adding options for the types of doses available. The vaccination service at the entry point for Indonesian citizens will be borne by the government. As for foreigners, they are required to do a booster in the country of departure.
Third, is the regulation of booster obligations for Indonesian PPLN citizens who go abroad from Indonesia. Indonesian citizens of PPLN above 18 years of age are required to attach proof of having received the third dose of vaccine as a condition for departure abroad, except for post-Covid recovery PPLN and PPLN with special health conditions.