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Jakarta Post

What, no SIKM? Here's what you need to travel to and from Jakarta

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 22, 2020   /   01:22 pm
What, no SIKM? Here's what you need to travel to and from Jakarta A potential passenger presents his personal documents while checking in on May 7 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia's international hub airport located in Tangerang, Banten. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Airport authorities have stopped asking  passengers arriving in the capital city to present their exit and entry permit (SIKM) since July 17, when the Jakarta administration revoked the requirement for both incoming and outgoing travelers and replaced it with the Corona Likelihood Metric (CLM).

PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II has stopped asking for the SIKM at the two main commercial airports in the capital, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten and Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in East Jakarta. The state-owned airport operator has said that eliminating the SIKM has made the predeparture procedure “simpler” because it required fewer documents.

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AP II operations and services director Muhamad Wasid said that travelers need only present a test report for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) that was valid for 14 days.

“Document checks will [now] be simpler, as the SIKM requirement has been revoked. A longer validity for the rapid or PCR test report can help travelers be more flexible in managing [their] flight schedules,” Muhamad said on Monday in a statement .

The new requirements for air passengers travelling to and from Jakarta are to:

  • Install the Communication and Information Ministry's PeduliLindungi free contact tracing application (available on Google Play and the App Store) on their smartphones;
  • Fill out a health alert card (HAC) prior to departure, to be checked upon arrival at their destination;
  • Present personal identity documents and health certificates; and
  • Follow the health protocols, including the body temperature check.

These requirements -- except for the HAC -- also apply to travelers using other modes of transportation to enter or leave Greater Jakarta.

The Jakarta administration is also encouraging all travelers to self-report via the JakCLM feature on the Jakarta Kini (JAKI) mobile app, a dedicated app it has developed that will feed the data to the CLM. The free app is available on both Google Play and the App Store, and was developed by Jakarta Smart City, which falls under the city's communication, information and statistics agency.

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Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said that the CLM system would help people "feel safe", as it helped them better assess their probability of contracting COVID-19. He urged people to be honest and accurate in reporting their health condition, so that the system could generate an accurate assessment.

However, Jakarta Smart City chairman Yudhistira Nugraha said that self-reporting was a mere suggestion and not a requirement.

“The CLM results were required to issue the SIKM [previously] under the Gubernatorial Regulation on SIKM. However, both  the letter and the regulation have now been revoked,” he said on Tuesday.