COVID-19 Screening: Where can you get tested in Malaysia? (updated)

If you’re worried you may have contracted the COVID-19 virus, you can choose two routes: - Malaysian public testing; or - Malaysian private testing.

Most of the government-run public hospitals are equipped to screen and admit COVID-19 patients. Currently, the Ministry of Health has 59 designated hospitals across Malaysia for COVID-19 screening, with 27 hospitals that will admit you if you are fall within certain criteria.

Test results will generally be available 24-48 hours after testing. It’s important to understand that if you test positive for COVID-19, the Malaysian authorities will ask you to be hospitalised.


It's important to understand that there are two main types of test in use.

The first is a reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction test, or RT-PCR (viral test). This is the most common diagnostic test used to identify people currently infected with SARS-CoV-2. It works by detecting viral RNA in a person’s cells – most often collected from their nose.

The second test being used is called a serological or antibody test. This test looks at a person’s blood to see if they’ve produced antibodies for the coronavirus. If a test finds these antibodies, it means a person was infected and made antibodies in response. An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies. We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.
The accuracy of a medical test is determined by measuring two things: sensitivity and specificity.

A sensitive test will correctly identify people with the disease. Sensitivity measures correct positive results.

If a test is 90% sensitive, it will correctly identify 90% of people who are infected – called a true positive. However, 10% of people who are infected and tested would get a false negative result – they have the virus, but the test said they don’t.

A specific test will accurately identify people without the disease. Specificity measures correct negatives.

If a test is 90% specific, it will correctly identify 90% of people who are not infected – registering a true negative. However, 10% of people who are not infected will test positive for the virus and receive a false positive.

To reiterate: Sensitivity measures positive accuracy; specificity measures negative accuracy.

List of private clinics & private hospitals in Malaysia allowed to do COVID19 screening (updated 12th May 2020):

Private Hospitals > https://drive.google.com/open?id=1I4kwaP0AGSjUoSnQ22oyj8bJUwqpoBkj

COVID-19 Public hospital testing 

If you wish to go the public testing route, you should first call the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MoH) hotline to seek their opinion: 03-8881 0200, 03-8881 0600, or 03-8881 0700. (For reference, their email address is: cprc@moh.gov.my.)

If they agree you meet the MoH criteria for testing (see below): The designated public screening hospital in Kuala Lumpur is Hospital Kuala Lumpur, tel 03 2615 5555, 23 Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur (opposite the National Art Gallery). The entrance for emergency at Hospital Kuala Lumpur is 'Pintu Masuk Utama' (Main Entrance). Follow the signboard that says ‘Emergency’, which is on the Ground Floor near to the main entrance. The designated admitting hospital for Kuala Lumpur is Sungai Buloh Hospital, located about 21km from the Kuala Lumpur (in Selangor – address Jalan Hospital, Sungai Buloh, phone: 03 6145 4333).

If you are outside Kuala Lumpur, the full list of designated Screening Hospitals (and their associated Admitting Hospitals) nation-wide is available here.

It is worth emphasising that, as of 30th March, public hospitals will only take in for screening people that have met the criteria by the MOH, which are:
  1. Fever OR acute respiratory infection (sudden onset of respiratory infection with at least one of: shortness of breath, cough or sore throat) AND 
  2. Travel to or reside in affected countries (China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy) in the 14 days before the onset of illness OR 
  3. Close contact in 14 days before onset of illness with a confirmed case of COVID19 Public hospital COVID-19 testing is free of charge, including for foreigners. 
COVID-19 Private testing 

If you do not meet the MoH’s criteria, but still wish to have a test, you then have two main options outside the public health system: 
- requesting a home test/outcall; or 
- visiting a private laboratory or clinic for a test. 

The average cost of a private test is around MYR 600, but may be significantly more, especially for house calls; around RM700, plus travel costs, as reported by FMT. According to Vulcan Post, you’ll only get your results 24 hours after collection of your sample. And if you aren’t quite sure if you meet the criteria, there is an online medical consultation portal that will gauge your risk factors: age, whether you’ve travelled recently, symptoms, and so on. 

Below is a list of laboratories/clinics and private hospitals that are able to conduct a COVID-19 screening test, This information may change, so we strongly encourage you to call ahead. In all cases where you plan to visit a testing centre, you should call ahead to discuss the procedures, and any precautions they would like you to take. Similarly, if you are requesting a home test/outcall, please discuss any precautions to take first. You should also check the costs of the test. You should also check payment options, including whether credit card payment is possible, or a bank transfer is preferred.

List of testing clinics and laboratories 

Guide to following list: 
- *Only outcall* - means the testing is not done on site; they will come to you. 
- *No walk in* - meaning you have to call ahead and book.

Private Laboratories 

Lablink (M) Sdn Bhd (KPJ) 
14(129) Jalan Pahang Barat, Off Jalan Pahang, 53000 Kuala Lumpur. 
Contact Number : +603 - 4023 4588 
Covid-19 test; Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, & Saturday, 9.00am to 1.00pm 
*Only outcall* 

Pantai Premier Pathology Sdn Bhd 
LG Floor, Pantai Hospital Ampang, Medical Office Block (MOB), Jalan Perubatan 3, 55100 Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur 
Tel : +603 4280 9115 
*Only outcall within Peninsular Malaysia only.* 

Neogenix Laboratories Sdn Bhd 
C707, Level 7, Block C, Kelana Square, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. 
Tel no: +603 7621 2154 
*No walk in testing, only via appointment* 

Clinipath(M) Sdn Bhd 
No. 23 Galeri Empire Jalan Empayar Off Persiaran Sultan Ibrahim / KU1 41150 Klang Bandar Diraja, Selangor. 
Tel: (03) 3342 2828 *No walk in testing, only via appointment* 

Gribbles Pathology Sdn Bhd 
2nd Floor, Wisma Tecna, 18A, Jalan 51A/223 46100 Petaling Jaya 
Tel: 1300 88 0234 (International Call +603 78417752 
*No walk in testing, only via appointment*

Quantum Diagnostics Core Laboratory 
L3-4, 3rd Floor, Wisma Kemajuan, No. 2 Jalan 19/1B, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Toll Free : 1300133522 General Line : +60376263522 
*No walk in testing, only via appointment* 

Qualitas Health Sdn Bhd 
Tel: +603 7964 6307/79646363
*Only outcall within Peninsular Malaysia only*

The KL Sky Clinic
B1-36-2 Soho Suites KLCC, Jalan Perak 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 10 276 3679 *Outcalls only*

Private Hospitals 

KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital
119, Jalan SS 20/10, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: +603 7718 1000
*Walk in to A& E - Monday to Saturday, 8.00am to 12pm*

KPJ Sentosa KL Specialist Hospital Kompleks Damai,
36, Jalan Cemur, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 4043 7166/4043 7761
*By appointment only*

Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
+603 4141 3018
*Only outcall and only for people without symptoms or recent travel history*
*No walk in*

Sunway Medical Centre Velocity
Pusat Perubatan Sunway Velocity
Lingkaran SV, Sunway Velocity 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 9772 9191
*Testing hours: 10am – 2pm, 5pm – 9pm every day. No appointment required.*

Thomson Hospitals (Formerly Known as Tropicana Medical Centre)
11, Jalan Teknologi, PJU 5, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Telephone : +603 6287 1111
*Walk in to A& E - Monday to Sunday, 24 hours*

Pantai Hospitals

Pantai Hospitals are providing COVID-19 Drive-Thru Screening Services. Alternatively, on-site screenings services for individuals and companies at their own premise is also available from selected hospitals. All screening services is available by appointments only.

Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur
No.8, Jalan Bukit Pantai Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2296 0888
*By appointment only

Pantai Hospital Ampang
Jalan Perubatan 1, Pandan Indah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 4289 2828
*By appointment only
*Drive-Thru Screening

Pantai Hospital Cheras
No.1, Jalan 1/96a, Taman Cheras Makmur 56100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 9145 2888
*By appointment only
*Drive-Thru Screening

Pantai Hospital Batu Pahat
9S, Jalan Bintang 1 Taman Koperasi Bahagia 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor
Tel: +607 433 8811
*By appointment only

Pantai Hospital Laguna Merbok, Kedah
1, 10 Persiaran BLM 1 Bandar Laguna Merbok 08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
Tel: +604 4442 3888
*By appointment only

Pantai Hospital Sungai Petani
No.1, Persiaran Cempaka Bandar Amanjaya 08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
Tel: +604 442 8888
*By appointment only
*Drive-Thru Screening

Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh
No.2418-1, KM9 Lebuh Ayer Keroh 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka
Tel: +606 231 9999
*By appointment only
*Drive-Thru Screening

Pantai Hospital Penang
82, Jalan Tengah Bandar Bayan Baru 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Tel: +604 643 8799
*By appointment only
*Drive-Thru Screening

Pantai Hospital Ipoh
126, Jalan Tambun Taman Ipoh 31400 Ipoh, Perak
Tel: +605 540 5555
*By appointment only
*Drive-Thru Screening

Pantai Hospital Manjung
Jalan PPMP 1 Pusat Perniagaan Manjung Point 32040 Seri Manjung, Perak
Tel: +605 689 8555
*By appointment only
*Drive-Thru Screening

Pantai Hospital Klang Lot 5921, Persiaran Raja Muda Musa Taman Radzi 41200 Klang, Selangor
Tel: +603 3258 5500
*By appointment only
*Drive-Thru Screening

Check if your Medical insurance covers Coronavirus treatment in Malaysia

With WHO declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, you’ll be glad to know that insurance companies in Malaysia will cover pre-hospitalisation, hospitalisation, and post-hospitalisation costs, and will even have compassionate benefits for those affected by the virus.

This includes common insurance companies such as Tokio Marine, Prudential, and AmMetLife, all of which have released statements saying that they will be covering COVID-19 cases if you have an insurance plan with them with no additional charges. 


This article is intended only as general guidance for the public in Malaysia, to assist you to navigate publicly available information on COVID-19 testing options in Malaysia. It has no legal status and is not a substitute for medical advice. Please read it together with information on the Malaysian Ministry of Health website and WHO website.


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