Mudik ban applies to Greater Jakarta Area too, but non-mudik mobility is still allowed

Indonesian officials have emphasized that all kinds of mudik are banned throughout Indonesia from May 6 to May 17.

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Stations, airport, toll roads packed as Jakartans pour out of city ahead of mudik ban

Stations, airport, toll roads packed as Jakartans pour out of city ahead of mudik ban

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, thousands of Jakartans are racing to beat the mudik ban before it comes into effect tomorrow, inundating the capital’s travel hubs.

Limited opening hours, train schedule changes following enormous crowds at Tanah Abang market

Limited opening hours, train schedule changes following enormous crowds at Tanah Abang market

New policies are now being enforced at Central Jakarta’s market district of Tanah Abang, following massive crowds at the popular textile market and nearby train station over the...

COVID-19 Task Force tightens domestic travel regulations ahead of mudik ban

COVID-19 Task Force tightens domestic travel regulations ahead of mudik ban

The COVID-19 Task Force has issued a circular updating the mudik homecoming exodus ban, which, after the revision, comes into effect today.

‘Mudik’ travelers are indirectly killing their parents: Indonesia COVID-19 task force chief

‘Mudik’ travelers are indirectly killing their parents: Indonesia COVID-19 task force chief

Doni Monardo, the chief of Indonesia’s COVID-19 task force, is strongly rebuking those who are considering going back to their hometowns for the upcoming Eid holidays amid the...

No sanctions for those who go on ‘mudik’ outside ban period: Transport Ministry

No sanctions for those who go on ‘mudik’ outside ban period: Transport Ministry

The Transportation Ministry said that there will not be any sanctions for those going back to their hometowns outside of the mudik ban period, which will go into force between May...

Traffic Police will ‘ease’ travel before mudik ban comes into effect on May 6

Traffic Police will ‘ease’ travel before mudik ban comes into effect on May 6

Not that we condone going on mudik amid a pandemic, but the National Police’s Traffic Corps has pretty much validated a glaring loophole of the government’s ban on the annual...

Garuda suspends Vivo phones from cargo flights following Hong Kong airport fire

Garuda suspends Vivo phones from cargo flights following Hong Kong airport fire

Garuda Indonesia has issued an embargo on Vivo cell phones from its freighters after a pallet containing Y20 phones erupted in flames at Hong Kong International Airport.

SINAR makes SIM-ple: Apply for driver’s license from home with new app

SINAR makes SIM-ple: Apply for driver’s license from home with new app

Need to apply for a SIM (driver’s license) or get yours renewed? Starting tomorrow, you can do so from the comfort of your own home with the launch of a new app called SINAR...

Indonesia to suspend domestic flights during ‘mudik’ ban

Indonesia to suspend domestic flights during ‘mudik’ ban

The government hopes to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases during the holiday period. 


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Coconuts Jakarta Transportation

Some may say that Jakarta is decades behind other metropolises in terms of having a decent integrated public transportation, and they’d be right - at least temporarily. Jakarta is only recently playing catch up by building its first subway system called the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), the first line of which should be completed by 2019. Otherwise, public transport is a mess in Jakarta. The capital’s roads are filled with hardly regulated public transportation options such as Angkutan Kota (Angkot) minivans, old dilapidated buses like the Kopaja and Metro Mini, and Bajajs. Taxis are also very common, but many of them are already in states of disrepair. The rise of ride-hailing service apps such as Uber has been welcomed in Jakarta, at least by customers looking for convenience and more comfort in their commute. One app that totally changed the scene was Go-Jek, a local transportation company that allows users to hail ojek motorcycle taxis for personal transportation, food delivery, and even package delivery. Jakartans now have many ride-hailing apps to choose from at low prices, as companies compete for customers by outdoing each other in giving discounted rates. Jakartans also generally have their own private vehicles. Most of these vehicles are motorcycles, which contribute greatly to indiscipline on the roads. Car owners are greatly responsible for traffic jams too, as it’s quite common for many of Jakarta’s wealthier citizens to own more cars than they actually need.