Three groups exempted from paying for Covid-19 tests


  • Nation
  • Friday, 03 Jul 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Government servants returning to Malaysia after performing official duties, people with disabilities, and students returning to the country for the first time have been exempted from paying for Covid-19 tests, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

He said that such government servants will have to produce an official letter related to their work overseas as proof.

People with disabilities would need to show a valid people with disability (OKU) card issued by the Social Welfare Department.

The exemption does not apply to family members of the two categories, he said.

For Malaysian students, with or without sponsorship, returning for the first time, they need to show proof of their studying status.

Dr Adham said that the government will use the polymerase chain reaction technique or the antigen rapid test kit depending on suitability at international entry points and Health Ministry’s facilities.

“The antibody rapid test will be used on individuals under quarantine at home on the 13th day before they can be released from the quarantine order the following day, ” he said in a statement Friday (July 3).

The government through the Health Ministry imposed Covid-19 test fees on Monday (June 29) at international entry points and at the ministry’s facilities.

The fees were enforced through the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (fee for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) detection test) Regulations 2020.

Following the introduction of the regulation, any Malaysian or foreigner who come into Malaysia from other countries are required to pay the fees for Covid-19 testing before they can be let off by the Immigration Department at any entry point, said Dr Adham.

Meanwhile, any Malaysian or foreigner currently in Malaysia can request for Covid-19 testing at any Health Ministry hospital or clinic, and are required to pay the fees for the test, he added.

The fee for a Malaysian stated in the regulations are RM150 for a polymerase chain reaction test kit, RM60 for an antigen rapid test kit, and RM30 for an antibody rapid test kit.

For foreigners, the fees are RM250 for a polymerase chain reaction test kit, RM120 for an antigen rapid test kit, and RM60 for the antibody rapid test kit.

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