Deputy Governor of DKI Jakarta Follows Government on Ant-Free Travel

Jakarta, IDN Times – Deputy Governor of DKI Jakarta, Ahmad Riza Patria, will comply with the central government’s policy regarding the absence of antigen and PCR tests to take public transportation for domestic travel.

“That’s the policy of the central government, we will obey the central government’s policy,” said Ahmad Riza to reporters, Tuesday (8/3/2022).

1. Riza calls this a response to other countries’ policies

Jakarta Deputy Governor Follows Government on Antigen-PCR-Free TravelIllustration of Soekarno-Hatta Airport (Soetta) (Doc. Angkasa Pura II)

Riza said this policy was carried out in response to the policies of other countries that had begun to change the status from pandemic to endemic.

“We are entering an endemic period, in the past few weeks policies in other countries have been issued,” he said.

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2. Transition to normal activities

Jakarta Deputy Governor Follows Government on Antigen-PCR-Free TravelAtmosphere of the Train Station in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic (Dok. KAI Public Relations)

Previously, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Menko Marves), Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, emphasized that people traveling domestically, either by land, sea, or air, no longer needed to show evidence of PCR test results or antigens.

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The decision was made in order to transition to normal activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Domestic travelers using land, sea, air or land transportation who have carried out a second and complete vaccination no longer need to show evidence of negative antigen or PCR tests,” Luhut said at a press conference on the results of the PPKM Evaluation Meeting, Monday (7/3/2022). .

Luhut added that this would be stipulated in a circular letter to be issued by the relevant ministries and institutions in the near future.

3. Not yet applicable in the field

Jakarta Deputy Governor Follows Government on Antigen-PCR-Free TravelStaff of the Minister of Transportation, Adita Irawati. (IDN Times/Hana Adi Perdana)

However, the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub), Adita Irawati, said that the regulation that abolished the antigen and PCR requirements was still being worked out.

“As already mentioned, this will be stated in a circular letter from the relevant ministries and institutions before being implemented in the field,” Adita said in an official statement from the Ministry of Transportation, Monday (7/3/2022).

He also ensured that domestic travel requirements for land, sea, air, and rail transportation still refer to the COVID-19 Task Force Circular Letter number 22 of 2021.

“Until now, regarding domestic and international travel requirements, the Ministry of Transportation always refers to the Circular of the Covid 19 Handling Task Force. The rules that apply to date still refer to SE Task Force No. 22 of 2021,” said Adita.

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