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KKM: Covid-19 Test No Longer Required For Tourists Travelling To Langkawi Starting 12 Oct

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The Ministry of Health (KKM) has announced that Malaysians do not need to do a Covid-19 test before travelling Langkawi as previously mandated. This takes effect starting 12 October.

In a statement, KKM said that they have taken into account the percentage of tourists who tested positive in Langkawi which showed very low results. It was then decided that a Covid-19 test is not required before travelling to the island.

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“However, as a measure to strengthen self-public health measures, tourists are encouraged to self test for Covid-19 before embarking on a trip to Langkawi to reduce the risk of infection to other tourists,” the statement said.

On the other hand, the requirement for tourists to be fully vaccinated must still be complied with. 

Additionally, individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are undergoing isolation and monitoring, or have been identified as a close contact and are undergoing quarantine are NOT ALLOWED to travel.

Those who experience symptoms such as fever, cough and cold, are also advised to postpone their trip.

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“Families must be responsible in preventing the spread of Covid-19 infection. The government and the entire frontline health and safety personnel have done their best to treat and control the spread of Covid-19 infection in the country,” the statement said.

“Therefore, individuals who travel interstate are advised to undergo a self Covid-19 test before embarking on a journey to protect themselves and the entire Keluarga Malaysia from Covid-19 infection.”

Meanwhile, as of 10 October a total of 54,341 tourists have undergone testing and only 216 (0.4%) tourists have tested positive. Only one tourist experienced symptoms in Langkawi and tested positive for Covid-19 through a RT-PCR test.

The investigation found that the cause of the infection was not in Langkawi. KKM ensures that there are no Covid-19 clusters stemming from the tourism bubble in Langkawi.

 

Also read: Langkawi Travel Bubble Has Generated RM24.9 Million In Income & Received 60,504 Visitors As Of 6 Oct

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Source: Reuters

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