Long Journey Home: Relocating in The Time of COVID-19 (Part 2)

After all the dramas that happened before our departure, we started our last day in Lund by having a quick breakfast in Lundia Hotel and doing the last checking. Around 10.45am we checked out from the hotel. The taxi that we booked had been waiting outside. We quickly loaded it with our luggages, and just like the Leaving on a Jet Plane song, when all the bags were packed and we were ready to go, it was hard for us to say goodbye. But it’s not until we crossed the  Øresund Bridge that my husband and I finally cried in silence.

We cried over all the memories that we had in Sweden that were suddenly replayed in our minds. We cried over the fact that everything happened for a reason.

If there’s no train disruption, we would not bother to book a taxi to go to Copenhagen Airport. If we didn’t book the taxi, we wouldn’t have the experience to cross the Øresund Bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark and the famous setting of one of our favourite TV series: The Bridge. If we took the train like we always did, we wouldn’t have a chance to look behind and say goodbye to Sweden from the rear window right when we’re entering Denmark.

But enough melancholy for now, let’s talk about paperworks that might be more useful for you 🙂

Travel Requirements

The documents that were needed for this relocation were quite many. It actually depends on your travel destination and the country of origin. For Indonesian passport holders traveling to Indonesia from European countries, all travellers (vaccinated and unvaccinated) must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued by the country of origin for a test performed within a maximum of 72 hours before departure when entering the country (last updated 4 September 2021). A test certificate issued outside of Indonesia is accepted as long as it is in English.

At first, it seems like a standard requirement. But the problem is, unlike many other countries in Europe that doesn’t recommend the test for kids under 6 years of age, the Indonesian government requires people of ALL AGE to be tested. So it was a bit hard to find a test provider who’s willing to perform PCR Test for kids. Luckily, we found an information about Alpha Covid Test in Lund so I sent them an email to ask if they could do a PCR test to my 2.5 year old daughter. When they answered “yes”, it was beyond relief for me.

I had heard stories about people who traveled to Indonesia with kids and they had a problem either during check in or on arrival due to the lack of PCR Certificate for kids, so I wanted to make sure that we wouldn’t experience the same thing even though holding your kid when the samples were taken was no fun at all.

In addition to the COVID-19 PCR test certificate , you also need to provide the vaccine certificate (Indonesia citizens are still permitted to enter the country without being fully vaccinated but will be vaccinated upon completion of their quarantine), the proof that you have downloaded and filled out the e-HAC Indonesia (Indonesia Health Alert Card) application (it’s now connected with the other app PeduliLindungi for data security reasons), and a signed and completed consent form from Qatar Airways (if you fly with them).

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