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With Ramadan arriving, conversations about mudik (going back to one’s hometown, usually done during holidays) have started to come up. However, this time the government has already sent out an official decree regarding bans on mudik in the form of restrictions on travel between the date of 6-17 April 2021. Knowing that mudik activities have also been restricted last year, how are Indonesian’s plans so far regarding mudik?
As a benchmark, we know that before the pandemic 76% of our respondents always went back to their hometowns during the holidays. This year, even though the pandemic is still here, 67% still plan to do so, and even after the news broke out that there will be another ban on mudik this year, 58% still planned to go. This might also be affected by how last year, which is when the pandemic started and bans were also in place, only 32% of our respondents went for mudik during the Lebaran holidays. For those who decided to not go, however, the main reason is notably due to health concerns, especially regarding the pandemic situation. Prohibition by the government also played a significant part, followed by money and the need for tests before traveling.
How about you? Did you change your mudik plans after the government ban news broke out? In our next article, we’ll also talk about spending habits and activities during Ramadan, so subscribe to our newsletter to get updated about it.
(This study is done in partnership with RB Consulting)