Mardika Parama, Jakarta – State-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) is scheduled to open three temporary routes to accommodate travel starting Tuesday after travel restrictions for certain individuals were relaxed.
For the operation, which starts Tuesday and ends on May 31, the company will run three temporary routes connecting Gambir Station in Jakarta, Pasarturi Station in Surabaya, East Java, and Bandung Station, West Java.
The routes include the Gambir Station-Pasarturi Station northern line, Gambir Station-Pasarturi Station southern line and Bandung Station-Pasarturi Station line.
"We will allow for extraordinary train travel for individuals who are exempt from the government's restriction as stipulated [by the COVID-19 task force] under strict health protocol," PT KAI spokesperson Joni Martinus said in a press release on Sunday.
All trains would operate at a passenger load factor of no more than 50 percent to promote physical distancing, Joni added.
Tickets are available for purchase at train stations starting Monday and passengers can purchase tickets seven days prior to departure.
However, passengers must provide a permit from the COVID-19 task force in order to travel. They are also required to show negative COVID-19 test results, an official letter of duty, a personal ID and a letter explaining their purpose of travel, among other documents.
To contain the virus, the government is currently restricting all types of passenger travel under Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 25/2020 as part of its ban on the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).
However, the national COVID-19 task force issued a circular on May 6 exempting state officials, private sector workers and state-owned enterprise (SOE) employees from the government's ban on travel to and from virus red zones.
Several Indonesian airlines have also resumed domestic passenger flights, which are scheduled to be reopened gradually this month in accordance with the task force's new regulation.
Garuda Indonesia officially resumed domestic passenger flights on Thursday after previously suspending them in compliance with the government's large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).
Members of the Lion Air Group – Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air – resumed domestic passenger flights on Sunday, with tickets available for purchase at the company's counters, call-centers and websites.
All airlines will require passengers to provide ground staff with medical letters from hospitals stating that they do not have COVID-19.