"Domestic travelers using long-distance transportation services (including plane, bus, and train) must show vaccination cards that they have at least received the first dose," Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, concurrently coordinator for emergency PPKM for Java and Bali, noted during an online press conference on Thursday.
The move is aimed at encouraging increasingly more number of people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It also constitutes one of the government's priority efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the minister remarked in the press statement of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment.
"I would like to stress that the use of vaccination cards is intended to prevent other people from contracting (the virus) from us or the other way round as well as to increase the number of people vaccinated. The vaccine will protect us against the COVID-19 attack," he emphasized.
However, the drivers of vehicles carrying logistics and other goods will be exempt from the obligation to secure vaccination cards, he clarified.
"The existing rules will still be followed for mobility (of people) using public transport modes in agglomeration areas, such as Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi)," he remarked.
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For the purpose of COVID-19 contact tracing, air travelers must show a negative result of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test conducted two days before the journey, he stated.
"Travelers using transportation modes, such as trains, buses, and ships, must show a negative result of a rapid antigen test conducted one day before the journey at the earliest,” he noted.
Pandjaitan explained that the policy will only apply to long distance travel from and to Java and Bali during the emergency PPKM.
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