Malaysian, foreign travellers to bear COVID-19 screening cost: Ismail Sabri

PUTRAJAYA (BERNAMA) – Malaysians and foreigners entering Malaysia had to bear the cost of COVID-19 tests conducted upon their arrival starting yesterday, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said three categories of individuals including differently abled people (OKU) carrying the OKU card issued by the Social Welfare Department (JKM) would be exempted from paying.

The other two categories which need not pay for the tests are government officers returning from official duty and students coming back for the first time, with proof of their studies, he said.

“Anyone in these three categories who paid for their screening before this decision on fee waiver was made can claim for a refund from the Health Ministry (MOH),” he told a press conference yesterday.

It was reported that COVID-19 tests for returning Malaysians cost between RM30 and RM150 each while the charge for foreigners is between RM60 and RM250.

The Kuala Lumpur International Airport. PHOTO: BERNAMA