Travel Doesn’t Need PCR-Antigen, Ministry of Health Waits for SE Task Force

Jakarta, IDN Times – The Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) responded to the statement of the Java-Bali PPKM Coordinator, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, regarding the elimination of the requirements for antigen and PCR tests for rail, sea and plane transportation trips in the country.

The response regarding the abolition of antigen and PCR tests for travel originating from the results of the Limited Meeting was conveyed by the Spokesperson for Vaccination of the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi.

“We are waiting for the Circular from the COVID-19 Handling Task Force,” Nadia told reporters IDN TimesMonday (7/3/2022).

1. The Ministry of Transportation is also still waiting for the Circular of the Covid-19 Handling Task Force

Travelers Don't Need PCR-Antigen, Ministry of Health Waits for SE Task ForceStaff of the Minister of Transportation, Adita Irawati. (IDN Times/Hana Adi Perdana)

Meanwhile, the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation, Adita Irawati, explained that until now the terms of domestic and international travel, 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.

“The Ministry of Transportation will make adjustments as soon as the Covid-19 Task Force revises the existing provisions, and immediately announces it to the wider community,” he said.

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2. IDI’s response to the policy of removing PCR or antigen swab tests for prospective transportation users

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Travelers Don't Need PCR-Antigen, Ministry of Health Waits for SE Task Forceillustration of swab test or PCR swab test (IDN Times/Arief Rahman)

The chairman of the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI)’s COVID-19 Task Force for Handling COVID-19, Zubairi Djoerban, also responded to the government’s policy to abolish the obligation of PCR or antigen swab tests for prospective domestic transportation users. Despite agreeing, Zubairi said the government must monitor it closely so that there will be no negative impact on this policy.

“I agree with this policy. However, monitoring must be carried out. We cannot directly imitate other countries, in fact vaccination over 60 years is still low, not yet 70 percent,” he said through his personal Twitter account @ProfesorZubairi, Monday (7/3/2022).

Zubairi assessed that if the transmission of COVID-19 cases decreased for two weeks, and no clusters appeared, then Indonesia could become endemic.

“If it’s safe within two weeks, cases have decreased, and there are no large new clusters, why don’t we enter endemic,” he added.

3. This policy applies to travelers who have been fully vaccinated

Travelers Don't Need PCR-Antigen, Ministry of Health Waits for SE Task ForceThe booster vaccine is starting to be injected to residents (IDN Times/Herka Yanis)

Previously, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment as well as Deputy Chair of the Covid-19 Handling Committee and National Economic Recovery (KPC PEN) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in an online press conference regarding the PPKM results in Jakarta today, said domestic travelers do not need to show evidence of an antigen test. or negative PCR for traveling by land, sea or air. This policy applies to those who have been fully vaccinated.

“Domestic travelers using sea or land air transportation who have carried out the second and complete dose of vaccination, no longer need to show evidence of negative antigen or PCR tests,” he said.

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