Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 29 JUNE 2020
Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 29 JUNE 2020

By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia citizens and foreigners who enter the country from abroad needs to pay for the Covid-19 screening out of their own pocket before getting the immigration clearance.

Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Adham Baba said, the measure has been enforced since 29 June the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Fee for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Detection Test) Regulations 2020.

Covid-19 screening detection test fees

According to him, citizens and foreigners in Malaysia can request for the Covid-19 screening at any government of MOH clinics and they are required to pay for the fees.

“There are three types of Covid-19 detection tests at its own rate for local citizens and foreigners in the country.

“For the polymerase chain reaction test, the citizens will be charged a fee of RM150 while the foreigners will pay RM250. Antigen rapid test kit is RM60 (citizens) and RM120 (non-citizens) while the antibody rapid test kit fee is RM30 (citizens) and RM60 (non-citizens),” he said in a statement today.

He added, Covid-19 detection tests at the international entrances and MOH facilities will be utilising the polymerase chain reaction test or the antigen rapid test kit accordingly.

He said, the antibody rapid test kit will be used on the 13th day for individuals placed under home surveillance and monitoring order, before they are released from the order on the 14th day.

He added, the fee is exempted from several categories of citizens such as government officers who enter Malaysia from overseas due to official matters abroad. However, they are required to show the official letter on their trip. Nevertheless, the exemption does not apply on the family of the officer.

Citizens with disabilities who enter Malaysia from overseas and present valid OKU Card from the Social Welfare Department are also exempted from the fee. The exemption is not applied on the family of the OKU.

Besides that, citizens who are students with valid documentations entering Malaysia for the first time from abroad are also exempted from the fees. –MalaysiaGazette

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