Citizens Under 18 Will Be Allowed to Travel for Homecoming Without Antigen Test

- 20 April 2022 10:34 WIB
Cars stuck in a traffic jam (Unsplash/Randy Lisciarelli)
Cars stuck in a traffic jam (Unsplash/Randy Lisciarelli)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – Citizens under the age of 18 who have not been able to get a booster vaccine will be allowed to travel for Eid homecoming or mudik without the need for an antigen test.

This was conveyed by the Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin in the results of the Limited Meeting regarding Public Activity Restriction (PPKM) at the Presidential Office on Monday, April 18, 2022.

Budi said the decision was taken by President Joko Widodo since the citizens under 18 years of age are not yet allowed to receive booster vaccines.

As a result, the Eid homecoming requirement for the citizens under 18 would be two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine having been received, without the need to show antigen test results.

"Indeed there is a dynamic, [as] the children under 18 years old can not receive any booster [vaccine]. Eventually, the President decided that it is okay for them [children and teenagers] to travel without receiving a booster. There is no need for antigen tests," said Budi Gunadi Sadikin, as quoted by Antara, Monday, April 18, 2022.

President Jokowi, said Budi, gave the concession after receiving complaints from the public regarding the requirement for Eid homecoming in 2022. "[Consider] This is as a gift from him [Jokowi] to our children whose families want to enjoy mudik," said Budi.

He asked the public to carry out homecoming by staying disciplined on the health protocols, such as wearing masks and only traveling within the country.

"I thank you, [and wish you] good health, and enjoy your homecoming travel. It's better to travel within Indonesia, it will also grow the economy of our region," he said.

Previously, the Government Spokesperson for Handling Covid-19 Wiku Adisasmito explained that the government had made adjustments to travel policies in Indonesia during Ramadan and Eid 2022.

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