Flown out of Jakarta recently?

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1. Posted by skochtx (Budding Member 4 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

My son is in Surabaya and got COVID several weeks ago even though he was fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine.  We had to rebook his flight to return to the US until he recovered.  The US recognizes that if you have had COVID that you might test positive for up to 3 months and they will allow you to return if you have a clear to fly letter from a health care professional that you have recovered and are no longer infectious.  Indonesia doesn't recognize such a thing.  To fly from Surabaya to Jakarta regardless of it being the initial leg of an international flight, requires a negative PCR test because that's the rule for domestic travel.

​​​​​​​He can get a driver to drive him 10 hours to Jakarta to start his flight home and he'll also have a negative antigen test, but before he does we want to know whether the airport will have a checkpoint to check all passengers for a negative PCR test?  Has anyone departed Jakarta recently and know if there's a checkpoint for all passengers to see documentation of a negative PCR test or does he just need to satisfy the airline requirements for the destination?  Thank you for anything you can share!

2. Posted by Husen18 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

hi yes there are still restriction on airport and land till 26 july ,if i suggest take land route after 26 july

3. Posted by skochtx (Budding Member 4 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

He can travel by land now with a negative antigen test, but we're trying to figure out if he is able to drive to Jakarta, will there be a checkpoint in the airport for a negative PCR test (which he won't have).

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3248 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

>will there be a checkpoint in the airport for a negative PCR test

Departure requirements vary according to the country he is flying to. The airline will check that he has met the relevant entry requirements for the country of arrival. If he hasn't he won't be allowed to board. You can find the requirements on the official site here:

https://www.garuda-indonesia.com/uk/en/news-and-events/kebijakan-operasional-terkait-covid19

5. Posted by skochtx (Budding Member 4 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Yes, he will meet the destination country's requirements. We were just wondering if the airport will have its own screening or checkpoint for everyone entering that would require a negative PCR test. He doesn't want to drive 10 hours to get there and get turned away.

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3248 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

>We were just wondering if the airport will have its own screening or checkpoint for everyone entering that would require a negative PCR test.

There's no mention of Covid screening or checkpoint for simply entering the airport on the airport's own website (in its English version):

https://soekarnohatta-airport.co.id/

I'd note that imo it's unlikely that someone who has flown internationally from the same airport within the past few days will turn up here. Any further back than that won't be much use because Covid rules and regulations can and do change very quickly. :-/

[ Edit: Edited on 23 Jul 2021, 18:11 GMT by leics2 ]

7. Posted by skochtx (Budding Member 4 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

The problem with that is that once you have COVID you might test positive for a PCR test for up to 3 months even after you're fully recovered and no longer infectious. The CDC recognizes this which is why he has received a clear to fly letter from a doctor that he has recovered and is no longer infections because more than 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms, he is fever-free for more than 24 hours without fever reducing medicine and other symptoms have improved. He will also test negative for an antigen test (because it doesn't pick up the presence of dead COVID cells like the PCR).

That's our dilemma. Indonesia doesn't make this distinction for domestic travel. You have to get a PCR test no matter what. He wants to be able to fly out now. His trip home has already been delayed so he could recover. And the only international flights appear to leave out of Jakarta, which is a 10 hour drive away, so it's not something to try to see if it will work.

8. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3248 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

I understand about the potential issue with PCR tests though I note that the UK, and other countries, don't make the same recognition as the CDC.

It might still be worth getting a PCR test because there is no certainty that he *will* produce a positive test simply because he is post-Covid. If there were such certainty (or even a high probability) I think it would be an issue recognised addressed by many more countries. But that may be a risk he doesn't want to take.

As I said, there is no mention of testing requirements to enter the airport on the airport's own website so maybe it's a case of taking the airport risk and tightly crossing fingers?

[ Edit: Edited on 23 Jul 2021, 18:23 GMT by leics2 ]