It has been a while since we could travel and when Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dato Sri Ismail Sabri announced that Malaysia will be transitioning into the endemic phase starting 1st April 2022, we were excited. Not long after the announcement, Malaysia’s Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin then informed that in alignment with the endemic phase transition, we would also be opening our borders.
It was no wonder that the 1st of April was a happy day for most — definitely not an April’s Fool — and it was evident from the many videos and news circulating online showing Malaysians and Singaporeans looking excited as they’re able to cross the border to return to their families and loved ones with open arms.
However, even though the travel restrictions have been lifted and eased, there are still some travel SOPs (standard operating procedures) that are compulsory for inbound and outbound travellers. In case you didn’t get to check the latest travel SOPs at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) website, below is an illustration of the simplified procedures required for travellers entering Malaysia from the 1st of April:
I have read some grumbles online where travellers planning to enter Malaysia found it slightly confusing about the procedures required to be done upon arrival in Malaysia — especially when it comes to the RTK-Ag test. When Malaysia’s Ministry of Health put it out there that they require travellers to undergo a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia, most travellers thought the test had to be done immediately at the airport. Even though there are such services available at the airport, having hundreds of travellers turn up for immediate testing would cause build-up in the airport, which is not practical.
So, in order to smoothen out some misunderstandings among travellers, let me tell you that the professional RTK-Ag test can actually be done at any health facility of your choice. For a hassle-free experience, you can use eMedAsia’s online booking for professional RTK-Ag tests (or other tests you want) and literally make your life so much easier.
At eMedAsia, travellers can find more than 2,500 recognised General Practitioners (GPs) nationwide so that it would be easier for you to get your tests done no matter your destination. You can pre-book your on-arrival RTK tests through MySafeTravel.gov.my.
With the easy and simple navigation at travellers.emedasia.com, you can book which test you want to take, choose your preferred date and time for the test, choose if you prefer to go to the clinic or even have a doctor visit your location. Prices would vary according to the choice you make. Fret not, the prices for professional RTK-Ag tests done at clinics is highly affordable starting at:
- RM70 for Malaysians
- RM90 for foreigners
Oh, if you look at the photo above, you will notice something called “Virtual RTK Testing”. eMedAsia has also partnered with CLEADOC to offer Ministry of Health compliant Virtual RTK-Ag Tests @ RM25 per test. Opting for Virtual RTK Testing would mean no more clinic visits. Just do the test at home with a recognised/approved self-test kit and follow the CLEADOC’s in-app instructions. Results are verified by panel doctors and will automatically be uploaded to your MySejahtera.
Let your travel experience be stress-free as you book your tests beforehand. Minimise the risk of Covid-19 exposure by having to queue and test amongst the crowd in the airport upon arrival. You also don’t have to fret about your MySejahtera because results from tests will be updated in your MySejahtera App directly by the medical doctor and clinic you went to. No manual updates are required.
Is eMedAsia trustworthy?
In case you didn’t know, eMedAsia is owned by HS Bio in partnership with Koperasi Persatuan Perubatan Malaysia (KOOP MMA), an investment vehicle for members of the Malaysian Medical Associations (MMA). MMA is the main representative body for registered medical practitioners in Malaysia. All medical doctors and practitioners under eMedAsia are recognised and approved by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and KOOP MMA.