Covid-19 tests to be free for first-time returning students, civil servants, disabled

PETALING JAYA: The compulsory Covid-19 screening tests at airports for returning Malaysians will be free for those who are either disabled or students, says Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He also said the exemption from paying for Covid-19 tests would also be extended civil servants returning from official duties overseas.

For the disabled, they will need to show their disability card from the Welfare Department (JKM) to authorities.

Ismail also said that only students returning from overseas for the first time would be eligible for the waiver, and they would need to submit evidence showing they were students.

According to Ismail, the decision was made following a special ministerial meeting on Monday (June 29) morning.

“Because the decision was made in the morning, maybe some who fell under the three categories have paid for their screening tests.

"Because the decision was only made this morning, those who had already paid for their screening tests are allowed to file claims with the Health Ministry, ” he said during his daily briefing in Putrajaya on Monday (June 29).

Meanwhile, Ismail said from June 10 to 28, as many as 6,927 Malaysians had returned via KLIA, with 6,891 ordered to undergo home quarantine while 36 were admitted to the hospital.

On June 28, he said 318 Malaysians had returned to the country via KLIA and KLIA2 from Indonesia, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, UK, China and Qatar.

“All of the 318 were ordered to undergo home quarantine at their respective residence, ” he added.

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