Travellers entering country via Johor International Gateway must submit quarantine application – Health DG

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PUTRAJAYA: Considering the high number of travellers going through the Johor International Gateway (PMA), applications to undergo compulsory quarantine at home or residence will be processed by the Johor State Health Department.  

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, all applications must be submitted to at least seven (7) days prior to arrival in Malaysia.

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, travellers must also undergo a COVID-19 infection detection test screening using the COVID-19 RT-PCR test no later than three (3) days prior to departure.

“A risk assessment of the traveller is made based on the application for quarantine at home or place of residence to be conducted. A house or place of residence can be considered as a compulsory quarantine place if it meets the following conditions.

“Among the conditions include citizen and non -citizen travellers who have a house or place of residence in Malaysia (including PR, Malaysia as My Second Home Resident – MM2H and employees),” he said in a statement here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, the traveller has to be COVID-19 RT-PCR negative; travellers who have received a complete COVID-19 vaccination and the house residence is suitable. Individuals who have been fully vaccinated are individuals who have met the following criteria.

“For vaccine types that require two doses of injection such as Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech), AstraZeneca (Oxford-AstraZeneca), CoronaVac (Sinovac), Spikevax (Moderna) and Covilo (Sinopharm)], the individual must have passed the 14th day from the date of injection of the second dose;

“For types of vaccines that require only one dose of injection such as COVID-19 Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) and Convidecia (CanSino), the individual must have passed the 28th day from the date of injection,” Dr. Noor Hisham said.

All travellers will need to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR health assessment and test again upon arrival at PMA.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, for travellers with mild symptoms are required to undergo detection test COVID-19, RTK-Antigen or RT-PCR. If the RTK-Antigen test is positive, the buffer solution is sent to the laboratory for PCR testing.

“These travellers are allowed to quarantine at home or residence and further action depends on the test results. Meanwhile, for travellers who experience moderate / severe symptoms will be referred to an Infectious Disease Physician and further action is based on health assessment and expert decision.

“The mandatory quarantine period for travellers from all countries is 14 days. However, the 14-day quarantine period will be extended for another seven days (making the total quarantine 21 days) if there is a need based on the results of the risk assessment on the traveller conducted on the 14th day.

“This additional quarantine will be carried out at the same residence, house, or quarantine station,” Dr. Noor Hisham added.- Malaysia World News

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