By ASILA JALIL / Pic by BERNAMA
Travellers who are going to Langkawi under the travel bubble programme which begins tomorrow are required to undergo Covid-19 tests before departure.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said the tests will be done on adults aged 18 and above as well as children and teenagers aged seven until 17 years old.
Children below six years of age are only required to undergo symptom screenings and they are required to be with their parents or caretakers who are fully vaccinated, not a positive case or close contacts to positive cases.
“The tests conducted at airports and ferry terminals will be monitored and verified by the health personnel on duty.
“Those who are negative will be allowed to continue their travel while individuals tested positive for Covid-19 will not be able to proceed with their travel plans and will be managed as per the existing standard operating procedure for positive cases and close contact,” he said in a statement today.
Khairy said travellers can opt for three methods to do their Covid-19 tests namely the RT-PCR test at any health facilities or private labs within 48 hours before departure. They are required to bring their results to the airport or ferry terminal before departure.
Travellers can also buy their own test kit and take it to the airport and ferry terminal to undergo the test at the screening area provided or they can purchase the test kits via services provided by the private sector at the screening area at both the airport and ferry terminal.
“I would like to stress that the implementation of this travel bubble does not mean the government eased restrictions for the public to not practice safety measures such as wearing face masks or practicing social distancing.
“All of these measures seem easy but they could help us from getting infected while helping curb the spread of the virus,” added the minister.