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COVID-19 task force tightens travel rules ahead of Idul Fitri ‘mudik’ season

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Passengers of a ship from Dumai, Riau, line up to get their travel documents checked at the arrival terminal of Sekupang Port, Batam, Riau Islands on April 21. A "mudik" (exodus) ban on this year's Idul Fitri holiday forces some people to go on an early homecoming trip for the Islamic holiday, slated for May 12 or 13. (Antara/Teguh Prihatna)
Ardila Syakriah
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Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 22, 2021

The national COVID-19 task force has tightened travel restrictions for the days leading up to and after Idul Fitri to further discourage mudik (exodus) and suppress the spread of COVID-19.

In a circular issued on Wednesday, the task force referred to a survey conducted by the Transportation Ministry’s research and development agency that showed “groups of people wish to go on mudik one week before and after the ban.”

The government has officially prohibited mudik for May 6-17. This year’s Idul Fitri celebration is slated for May 12 or 13, depending on the sighting of the moon. The peak of mudik usually occurs a week before the holiday.

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