Travel bubble: Govt mandates Covid-19 swab test for all Langkawi tourists

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Travel bubble: Govt mandates Covid-19 swab test for all Langkawi tourists
Travel bubble: Govt mandates Covid-19 swab test for all Langkawi tourists

Tourists travelling to Langkawi under the travel bubble initiative are mandated to get themselves tested for Covid-19 within 48 hours of their arrival.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the decision was made to ensure that tourists who arrive at the tax-free island are not coronavirus positive besides having been fully vaccinated.

In a statement this afternoon, he said the travellers must take either the RTK Antigen rapid test or RT-PCR prior to their departure to Langkawi.

"They must bring together the test result for inspection at entry points (airport or ferry terminal) prior to departure," said Khairy.

Alternatively, the tourists can purchase the saliva self-test kit and bring the device along to the airport or ferry terminal, where they would have to do the Covid-19 test on the spot at a designated screening area.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin

For those who do not bring along their own self-test kits, the device is also available for purchase at the screening area.

Khairy said the test is mandatory for adults and kids aged seven and above.

"For children aged six and below, symptomatic screening would only be done according to their capability to produce saliva for testing.

"The children have to be with their parents or guardians who have completed their immunisation, not a positive case or a close contact to a positive case, and they must follow all SOPs that have been set," he added.

Starting tomorrow (Sept 16), Langkawi would be reopened to tourists under a travel bubble initiative, in a move that aims at reviving the tourism industry which has been badly affected by the pandemic.

Putrajaya has carried out a mass immunisation exercise there since June to prepare the island for tourists.

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