Analysis of Changes in Government Policy Concerning Polymerase Chain Reaction Test For COVID-19 on the Domestic Air Travel

Naili Azizah, Trias Hernanda, Arina Novitasari, Aldimas Jimantoro


Department of Law, Universitas Muhamamdiyah Kudus, Central Java




Background: From October to November 2021, the government has issued three different polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test regulations in the forms of an instruction from the Minister of Home Affairs for air transportation passengers and circular letters from the Minister of Transportation. These changes trigger public opinion that there is inconsistency in government policies. This study aimed to analyze changes in the government policy on domestic air travel requirement, especially the PCR test.

Subjects and Method: This was a qualitative study. The study subjects were changes in government policy on PCR test requirement for domestic air travel. The data were collected by interview and document review.

Results: The policies issued by the government on COVID-19 control for the past two months (from October to November 2021) were not fully effective and had confused the community.

Conclusion: The government policies on COVID-19 control from October to November 2021 were not fully effective and have confused the community. Public policy should be the basis for solving problems that exist in society. Policies are expected to have clear objectives, be able to reduce problems, and have justice, certainty, and benefit for the community. Revision or changes to regulations are natural, but the substance of the revision needs to be reviewed, to minimize policy that cause public upheaval. The policy should be based on the facts and data in the field. It is recommended to map out the area based on the level of restriction enforcement on the community activities, particularly for the air travel.

Keywords: PCR test, domestic air travel, public policy, inconsistency, COVID-19 pandemic

Correspondence: Naili Azizah. Department of Law, Universitas Muhammadiyah Kudus. Jl. Ganesha 1 Purwosari, Kudus, Central Java. Email: Mobile: +62 85600121733.


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