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Minister clarifies recovered COVID travellers’ requirements

Izah Azahari

Individuals who have been infected with COVID-19 within the past 90 days with certification of recovery are exempted from carrying out the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) swab testing prior to entering the Sultanate.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said this to clarify confusion following a recent viral news article from Malaysia stating travellers coming into the Sultanate only need to carry out an antigen rapid test (ART).

“If a person has had COVID-19, but it happened six months ago, they will have to carry out whatever is required such as the RT-PCR within 48 hours before entering Brunei Darussalam,” the minister said.

The minister hoped that the explanation will clear up the confusion and that the issued statement for the exemption of RT-PCR from the Ministry of Health (MoH) is for those who have only recently tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON
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