Indonesia's transport ministry has allowed a conditional resumption of flights and public transport this week.

After initially placing a travel ban on April 23, the initial ban has been modified after earlier scheduled to be lifted by June 1. Travel will be permitted for those who work in security, defence and health services, or have emergency health reasons provided they have a letter from their employer and a negative COVID-19 test.

In addition to essential workers, Indonesians could also travel for family emergencies and flights will be operated for repatriation of Indonesian citizens back to the country and foreign citizens going home.

"Operations will be limited and only for passengers who have been declared healthy and whose special interests are supported with documentation," said Adita Irawati, a spokesman for the transport ministry.

Garuda Indonesia resumed domestic flights on Thursday, while Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air, all members of the Lion Air group, resumed domestic flights on Sunday (May 10).

The travel ban by Indonesia was initially placed by the Indonesian government at the start of the Muslim religious season of Ramadan as part of efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


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