On 8 April 2021, the Indonesia Government issued Circular Number 13 of 2021 regarding the Ban of "Mudik", the tradition of Indonesians travelling from major cities and return to their hometowns during Eid. The information was conveyed by Agus Suprapto, the Deputy for Coordination of Health Quality Improvement and Population Development of the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture (PMK).
"The transmission of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia still falls into the category of community transmission, so if the prevention of transmission is neglected, the cases will increase easily," Agus said, as reported by Antara, Tuesday, 13 April.
Last year, during the long holiday of Eid al-Fitr, Christmas and 2021 New Years' eve, there was an increase of up to 93% of COVID-19 cases. This became the baseline for the Government's policy to control the spread of COVID-19, by implementing the 12-day “Mudik” travel ban, effective from 6 to 17 May 2021, of Eid al-Fitr 1442 H.
Exception for the domestic travel ban applies to logistics distribution service vehicles and travelers with urgent needs for non-Mudik purposes, Government employees (ASN), employees of State-Owned Enterprises, the Indonesia National Defense Force soldiers, the Indonesian National Police members and Private employees. For these exceptions, they will need to present the Travel Permit letter, to be checked by the regional government at various checkpoints, such as arrival gates or control posts located in rest areas and big city borders.
There is no change for international travel by flights, as per the Indonesia Circular Task Force No.8 2021, published in February 2021.