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What to prepare before taking a long distance train ride

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, July 10, 2020  /  02:27 pm
What to prepare before taking a long distance train ride

Passengers get situated on a new Argo Parahyangan train at Bandung Station prior to departing for Gambir Station, Jakarta. (JP/Arya Dipa)

State-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) has added long-distance train services to cater to inbound and outbound travelers from Jakarta.

PT KAI’s website announced that the added services are KA Argo Parahyangan, which serves the Jakarta to Bandung in West Java route; KA Bima, which travels from Jakarta to Malang in East Java; and KA Sembrani, which serves Jakarta to Surabaya in East Java. Round-trip options are available for the services and the complete schedule can be viewed online.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, those who plan to take the train are required to be in prime condition with temperatures below 37.3 degrees Celsius. Aboard the train, passengers have to maintain a safe physical distance, wash hands routinely, wear masks and long-sleeve clothing. They also have to wear face shields provided by the train operator throughout the trip, while children aged below 3 years old must bring their own face shields.

“Our staff will arrange seats for passengers aged above 50 years old, so they won’t be sitting close to other passengers,” PT KAI Operational Region (DAOP) 1 Jakarta spokesperson Eva Chairunisa told (wir/wng)

Passengers are also required to bring the following documents:

  • Negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results or non-reactive rapid test results that are valid for 14 days during the trip.
  • A Jakarta exit and entry permit (SIKM) for those traveling to and from the capital. 

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