The COVID-19 National Task Force has issued Circular Number 13 of 2021 regarding the Ban of the Eid Day Tradition of Mudik (exodus) in 1442 Islamic Calendar of Hijri (this year’s 2021) and Efforts to Control the Spread of COVID-19 during the Holy Month of Ramadan. This newly-issued circular is valid from 6-17 May 2021.
According to the Head of the COVID-19 National Task Force, violations against this circular will be subject to fines, social sanctions, confinement and/or criminal in accordance with the law.
The issuance of this circular is based on the potential increase of the community mobility in Ramadan and Eid day this year that carries a risk to significantly increase the transmission rate of COVID-19.
In accordance with this, the Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform (Menpan RB), Tjahjo Kumolo, also issued a ban on the State Civil Apparatus (ASN) for going mudik for Eid 2021 to their hometown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even so, ASN is still allowed to leave the region for those who do carry out important official duties. However, in its implementation, it must be accompanied by a letter of assignment signed by at least a senior high ranking official or echelon II or head of the work unit office.
Additionally, those travelling on business are required to comply with the rules or policies of the local governments of origin and destination.
Here are some provisions based on the circular “mudik cancellation” as follows:
1. Temporary mudik ban for people who use land, rail, sea, and air transportation across cities/regencies/provinces/countries becomes an effort to control community mobility during Ramadan and Eid Day.
2. The mudik ban during Ramadan and Eid Day is excluded for logistics distribution service vehicles and travellers with urgent needs for non-mudik purposes, namely work/business trips, sick family visits, funeral visits of family members, pregnant women accompanied by one family member and childbirth purposes accompanied by a maximum of two people.
3. Travellers travelling across cities/regencies/provinces/countries during Ramadan and Eid Day as referred to Number 2 must have a printed written travel permit or Exit-Entry Permit (SIKM) as a term and condition to travel with these following requirements:
- Government employees/State Civil Apparatus (ASN), employees of State-Owned Enterprises/Regional-Owned Enterprises, the Indonesia National Defense Force soldiers, and the Indonesian National Police members must attach a printout written permit letter from an official at Echelon II Level equipped with a wet signature/an electronic signature and the identity of travellers;
- Private employees must attach a printout written permission letter from the head of the company equipped with a wet signature/an electronic signature of the head of the company and the identity of travellers;
- Informal sector workers must attach a printed out written permission letter from the head of the village equipped with a wet signature/an electronic signature of the head of the village and the identity of travellers;
- Non-workers must attach a printed out written permission letter from the head of the village equipped with a wet signature/an electronic signature of the head of the village and the identity of travellers.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy / the Tourism and Economic Board asked the public to comply with the restriction of “mudik Lebaran 2021” as an effort to suppress the transmission of COVID-19 and support the vaccination program, so that the tourism sector will immediately recover and rise again.
Even though there is a prohibition on “mudik Lebaran 2021”, he still encourages people to stay in touch by utilising recent technology and empowering the creative economy or local homemade products.
The government's appeal to prohibit people from going home this year is not only to prevent a spike in the spread of COVID-19 but as an opportunity to increase staycation volumes at hotels to support the economy. It is hoped that this restriction will open up opportunities for hotels to get more sales volume from staycation demand during the holidays.