SOPs being looked into to allow international travel between Covid-19 green zones, says Health DG

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Jul 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are being looked into by Malaysia and countries in green zones before travel can be allowed, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said this includes getting a traveller to have a swab test and undergo a 14-day quarantine period at home before leaving the country.

However, Dr Noor Hisham pointed out that while discussions are ongoing, including with New Zealand and Australia, the borders will not be opened just yet.

"We are discussing the SOPs but we are not opening our borders yet," he reiterated Wednesday (July 29).

He said one of the SOPs being looked into is for a person who intends to travel to get tested for Covid-19.

"Then he will undergo home quarantine and on the 13th day, the person will be tested again.

"If the result is negative, then the person will be allowed to travel," said Dr Noor Hisham.

He said both countries need to agree on the SOPs before travel within a "green bubble" is allowed.

For now, he said, the intention was to tighten the borders, especially along illegal routes to prevent illegal entry into Malaysia.

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