International travelers in Langkawi allowed to stay at hotel pending Covid-19 results, Dr Noor Hisham

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KUALA LUMPUR (December 3): Travelers who were tested for Covid-19 in Langkawi on the day they arrived under the international travel bubble are allowed to stay at the hotel, pending test results to avoid crowds at Langkawi International Airport.

Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said they would also receive home surveillance and observation orders digitally through the MySejahtera app.

“Besides the need to undergo Covid-19 testing using RT-PCR at least 72 hours before leaving for Malaysia and on the day of arrival, travelers to Langkawi will also need to undergo a Covid-19 test using RTK -Antigen on the third and fifth day after arrival, ”he said in a statement on Friday (December 3).

Earlier, Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin at a press conference in the morning, announced that travelers from countries other than the eight African nations are allowed to participate in the Langkawi international tourism bubble.

The temporary ban on travelers from eight countries, namely South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi will continue.

Clarifying, Dr Noor Hisham said travelers from countries other than the eight banned countries are allowed to enter the country to travel to other states except Langkawi and will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine.

He said the quarantine period is seven days for those who are fully vaccinated or 10 days for those who are not or have not yet been fully vaccinated as approved by the Home Quarantine Application (HQA ), whether at home or in quarantine. stations.

He added that travelers who are not allowed to undergo a home quarantine should make reservations at hotels identified as quarantine stations through MyTravel Safe at https://safetravel.myeg.com.my/.

In addition, Dr Noor Hisham said travelers coming from high-risk countries and undergoing home quarantine would be fitted with a digital tracking device.

The list of high risk countries will be announced by the Ministry of Health based on the risk assessment conducted from time to time and the list will be provided to the relevant international gateway for further action.

“Travelers should be tested for Covid-19 using RT-PCR upon arrival and on day five if quarantined for seven days or on eight days if quarantined for 10 days

“The risk assessment will be done on the seventh day or the tenth day before their release,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham has stated that with this declaration the previous declarations are null and void.

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