Following the announcement on foreigners needing to pay BND1,000 for the COVID-19 test, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar clarified yesterday that the government is still not allowing foreigners to the country except those who are authorised.
“Those authorised include spouses, family members or those who are working with the government or the private sector who are needed to work here. Tourists are definitely not allowed,” the minister said during the daily press conference yesterday.
He said foreign workers need to be quarantined and cover the cost for accommodation for 15 days of isolation and the swab test. The mandatory COVID-19 test also applies for their children.
The minister said the government will bear the cost of accommodation and swab test for foreign workers working with the government who arrive in the country.
“Illegal foreign workers will also be tested. They will need to pay the cost,” he said.