Coronavirus: Garuda Indonesia Resumes Domestic Flights

Business travel is back on the cards, but passengers will have to produce a company letter, detailed trip itineraries, and a health certificate confirming they are free from Covid-19.

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Less than two weeks after the Indonesian government imposed a total ban on all passenger traffic in the air—which was quickly rolled back to allow international flights—the country’s national carrier has reopened its domestic routes for essential travel until June 1.

Garuda Indonesia has now resumed services to and from cities and regions under “large-scale social restrictions,” a term more commonly known by the Indonesian acronym PSBB. These areas include Jakarta and its surrounding suburbs, the major cities of Surabaya, Bandung, and Makassar, as well as the provinces of West Sumatra and West Java.

According to a press release, the flights are open to embassy and consular staff, representatives of international organizations, and government employees providing healthcare and basic necessities, along with business travelers in sectors deemed to play a “vital economic function.”

Passengers will be required to show a company identity card and official reference letter, plus a written statement explaining the purpose of the trip. Where applicable, this must clearly say that the bearer is not returning to his or her hometown ahead of the Idul Fitri holiday. Staff at Garuda’s check-in desks may ask for a detailed itinerary, while a travel declaration form will also need to be filled out.

Also eligible to fly are repatriated Indonesian citizens connecting on flights from abroad, patients requiring emergency medical care, and those who must travel due to the serious illness or passing of a direct family member.

All passengers will need to present a health certificate from a hospital or clinic with negative results from a Covid-19 rapid or PCR test, taken within seven days of departure. Temporary regulations state that it is now compulsory to wear a reusable non-medical mask at the airport and throughout the flight.

More information here.

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