Overseas M'sians encouraged to do Covid-19 tests before returning home, says Ismail Sabri

  • Nation
  • Monday, 15 Jun 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians are encouraged to get themselves tested for Covid-19 overseas before they make the trip home, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said this was to avoid long waits at entry points, particularly at airports as the government anticipates more Malaysians returning home, thanks to more flights being available now.

Ismail Sabri said the test could be done three days before the journey and if the results come back negative, they can make the trip back to Malaysia along with a letter from the medical authorities to confirm they are free of the disease.

"The special Cabinet meeting this morning discussed this issue because we are anticipating the return of more Malaysians from abroad. With a higher number of arrivals, the waiting period can be longer if the swab test is done upon arrival.

"That is why, the alternative is for them to get tested before returning and bring home the medical certificate to confirm that they are free from Covid-19," he said on Monday (June 15).

Ismail Sabri said those who have done the test before returning home will still have to undergo home quarantine for 14 days, download the MySejahtera application and be given the wristband to be used throughout the quarantine period.

"Those who return without being tested will be screened upon arrival. However, how long it would take for them to get the results will depend on the number of people screened," he said.

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