Public mass transportation suspended amid Covid-19 quarantine

All transportation entering and leaving areas affected by large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) will be suspended

24 April 2020 - The Transportation Ministry responded to ‘mudik’ ban set by the President of Indonesia, Jokowi by cancelling all passenger travel plans starting on today, Friday (24 April 2020), 00:00 WIB.  “The ban will apply to all types of public and private transportation by air, sea, land and railway, except for vehicles carrying leaders of state institutions, police and military vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, hearses and vehicles transporting logistical supplies, staple goods and medicines,” said Adita Irawati, The Transportation Ministry spokesperson. This measure needs to be taken to prevent citizens from participating in ‘mudik’ tradition (exodus) to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

The ministry of air transportation has confirmed all passengers of domestic and overseas flights – both commercial and chartered flights – would be suspended starting Friday at midnight until June, 1st 2020. However, airports will stay open to serve air cargo transportation and aircraft with certain flight’s permission.

The ministry of land transportation has confirmed toll, national and provincial roads would remain open. However, checkpoints would be set up at several locations, guarded by police and military personnel as well as ministry officials. The restriction on land transportation will be valid until May, 31st 2020. The ministry of train also has confirmed that all services will be suspended until June, 15th 2020. While sea transportation will be suspended until June, 8th 2020. 

Adita also added that this ban would only be applied to vehicles entering and leaving regions that had imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and those that had been declared COVID-19 red zones. The areas are Banjarmasin, Tarakan, Bandung, Cimahi, Sumedang, Depok, Bogor, Bekasi, Tegal, West Sumatra, Makassar, Jakarta, Tangerang, and Pekan Baru. For those who have already purchased the ticket, you may contact your airline or travel providers for refund, reroute or re-schedule.

Anyone found breaking the mudik ban would be sanctioned, as the ministerial decree on the ban stipulated punishments for violators. The punishments ranged from being ordered to return to the point of departure to fines even sent to prison.