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Khairy: From Sept 16, travellers visiting Langkawi must undergo Covid-19 screening

Khairy Jamaluddin (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

Khairy Jamaluddin (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 15): Starting from tomorrow (Sept 16), travellers intending to visit Langkawi, Kedah will be required to undergo screening for Covid-19 before departure.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said adults aged 18 years and above as well as on children and teenagers aged seven to 17 years will be required to conduct the screening test.

"Children aged six (years) and below are only required to undergo symptom screenings by taking into account their ability to produce saliva.

"They must also be with their parents or gurdians who are fully vaccinated, not Covid-19-positive or close contacts of positive cases and must adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set," he said in a statement today.

He said the screening can be done via RT-PCR or RTK-Antigen test at any private health facility and laboratory, or via self-test kits.

Khairy said for the RT-PCR or RTK-Antigen test, it should be done within 48 hours prior to the departure date and the test results must be brought to the airport or ferry terminal for inspection.

"Travellers can also purchase a saliva self-test kit and take it to the airport or ferry terminal and undergo their tests at the screening spot provided.

"They can also purchase the selt-test kits through services that will be provided by the private sector at the screening area at the airport and ferry terminal," he said.

Khairy said the tests conducted at the airport and ferry terminal will be monitored and verified by the health personnel on duty.

"Those who have tested negative will be allowed to continue with their journey, while for individuals who are found to be Covid-19-positive, they are not allowed to do so and will be managed as per the existing Covid-19 positive case management SOPs," he said.

Khairy said the domestic travel bubble initiative needs to be implemented carefully to ensure it runs smoothly and does not contribute to an increase in Covid-19 cases and new clusters.

"I would like to stress that the implementation of this travel bubble does not mean that the government allows the public to not practise the safety measures set such as wearing face masks, observing physical distancing, and washing hands regularly," he said.