Prohibition of Mudik to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission During Ramadan and Eid

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JAKARTA - The government has issued Circular Letter of the Head of the COVID-19 Task Force No. 13 of 2021 concerning the Prohibition of Homecoming during Ramadan and Idul Fitri 1442 Hijriah during 6-17 May 2021. Through this circular, the government strictly prohibits people from mudik activities this year, in order to protect people from transmission of the COVID-19 virus. This prohibition applies to land, sea and air transportation modes.

"Based on the existing facts and past experience, the government is  trying to design policies that uphold the main principles of public health and safety. Therefore, it is stipulates the temporary prohibition which will take effect from 6-17 May 2021," Spokesperson of the COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Wiku Adisasmito explained in an International Media Briefing, at Graha BNPB, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 as broadcast on YouTube Channel BNPB Indonesia. 

There are exceptions in the policy. That is, logistics distribution services, official travel, sick / grief visits, and services for pregnant women with a maximum of 1 companion and maternity services with a maximum of 2 persons. However, there are prerequisites for this exception.

These prerequisites are such as permission from the head of a work agency where specifically ASN, BUMN / BUMD employees, members of the TNI / Polri are given from echelon II level officials by affixing wet or electronic signs. For informal sector workers or people who have urgent needs, need to request travel permits from the village / sub-diatrict according to their respective domiciles.

"This letter is valid individually, for one trip, go / return and is mandatory for people aged equal to or over 17 years of age and older. Apart from these requirements, mudik is not permitted. If it does not meet the abobe requirements, a travel permit will not be issued," Wiku emphasized.

And also it should be noted, during the prohibition period, the Police and the TNI will screening travel permit documents and negative certificates. These operations will be carried out in strategic places. Such as arrival gates or control posts in rest area areas, major city borders, checkpoints and agglomeration area isolation points, whic is single area consisting of several interconnected city or district centers.

The implementation refers to Task Force Circular No. 12 of 2021 for domestic travel and Task Force COVID-19 Circular No. 8 of 2021 for international travel. Especially for Indonesian citizens who want to return to Indonesia (repatriation), they are advised to temporarily postpone their return in the hope that it will prevent imported cases with their mutation variants.

The officers are asked to take firm action against the travelers who do not meet the requirements such as going home or traveling between regions. "The officer has the right to stop the trip and the person concerned must return to the place of origin of the trip," added Wiku.

And what needs to be a concern, before carrying out their activities, what should be noted is that people who get permission to travel during this period are required to self-quarantine for 5x24 hours upon arrival at their destination. 
Quarantine is mandatory at facilities provided by local governments and hotels that can implement strict health protocols using self-financing.

Meanwhile, the community elements at the destination of the permitted travelers are obliged to optimize the performance of the Posko Desa / Kelurahan. And this optimization will also be aimed at monitoring worship and traditions during the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid if there is a potential for violating health protocols.

Optimizing this performance, for example identifying crowd points in the local area, soscialize the appeal not to go home, limiting activities at the household level, restricting newcomers, screening of travel prerequisite documents belonging to migrants, monitoring the implementation of self-quarantine by travelers and dispersing crowds on the spot.

Thus, Wiku emphasized the prohibition is one of the efforts to prevent a spike in cases even though it is not the only effort that is relied on. In order for the anticipation to run well, controlling community activities needs to be done holistically, namely the participation of the community with a sense of wisdom from the community to control their mobility.

"As well as professional law enforcement officers in charge of enforcing rules in the field, as well as administrators of the social and economic sectors are obliged to carry out health protocols with full discipline," concluded Wiku.

 Jakarta, April 13, 2021

Task Force COVID-19 Public Communication Team