THE FOLLOWING are the latest boarding rules that apply to all airlines. The government has issued a policy of easing domestic and foreign travel requirements.

Although now there is no need for antigen and PCR tests, there are a number of important rules for passengers who want to board the plane. And the latest rules for boarding the plane take effect from 18 May 2022.

“We believe this policy can be a turning point for the revival of the transportation sector which will also contribute to the revival of the Indonesian economy,” said Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, recently.

According to Budi, the implementation of relaxation that the government has taken has clearly taken into account the increasingly controlled situation and conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia. The Ministry of Transportation issues a Circular of Instructions for the Implementation of Domestic Travel, namely Circular Letter 56 of 2022 for air transportation.

“The Circular of the Ministry of Transportation refers to the Circular Letter of the COVID-19 Task Force regarding Provisions for Traveling People during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Circular Letter Number 18 of 2022 for domestic travel and Circular Letter Number 19 of 2022 for overseas travel. The Circular Letter was issued on May 18, 2022 and came into force on Wednesday, May 18, 2022,” he said.

Referring to Circular Letter 56 of 2022, travelers using air transportation from and to regions throughout Indonesia apply the following provisions: (1). Travelers who have received the second and third doses of vaccination (booster) are not required to show a negative result of the RT-PCR test or rapid antigen test,

(2). Travelers who have received the first dose of vaccination are required to show a negative result of the rapid antigen test whose sample was taken within 1 x 24 hours or a negative result of the RT-PCR test whose sample was taken within 3 x 24 hours before departure as a condition of travel.

(3). Travelers with special health conditions or comorbid diseases that prevent travelers from receiving vaccinations are exempted from the vaccination requirements, must show a negative rapid antigen test result whose sample is taken within 1 x 24 hours or a negative RT-PCR test result whose sample is taken within 1 x 24 hours. period of 3 x 24 hours before departure as a travel requirement and the requirement is 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.

(4). Travelers under the age of 6 years are exempt from vaccination requirements and are not required to show negative results from RT-PCR or rapid antigen tests, but must travel with a travel companion who has met the provisions for vaccination and COVID-19 examination and applies strict health protocols.

Important requirements for boarding a plane in the latest regulations
In addition to antigen and PCR tests, filling out an electronic Health Alert Card or e-HAC is also a requirement for traveling using air transportation.

Starting April 5, 2020, filling out the e-HAC is a requirement that must be done by passengers who board the plane. In practice, officers at the airport will check the feasibility of traveling through the e-HAC that the passengers have filled in the day before the departure date or before checking-in. [sources/photo special]