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By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Oct 6: A Covid-19 saliva rapid antigen self-test result will not be accepted as proof to enter Sarawak as all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide a negative rt-PCR or rapid antigen test result that is certified at a clinic or medical lab within three calendar days before departure.
In the latest Entry Sarawak guidelines, travellers will also need to apply for entry via the enterSarawak app or website accompanied with the negative test result along with other necessary documents including an e-Health declaration, vaccination digital certificate and police permit.
Fully vaccinated individuals coming in from destinations within Malaysia will be exempted from quarantine, while those with incomplete vaccination or are unvaccinated due to medical reasons will be given mandatory quarantine for 10 days either at designated facilities or at home.
People are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks past their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines, and after 28 days for single-dose vaccines such as CanSino and Johnson & Johnson.
For Sarawakians, the cost of quarantine will be borne by the State government while non-Sarawakians will have to pay out of their own pocket, unless they are married to a Sarawakian.
For children below 18-years-old and travelling without parents or guardians, those with incomplete vaccinations will be ordered to undergo home quarantine for 10 days.
If travelling for medical purposes, entry is only allowed for those in critical condition or at high risk and they will need to undergo quarantine.
The patient is allowed one companion who must be fully vaccinated.
Apart from the required documents, travellers will also need to submit their flight itinerary, passport or identity card, letter from a hospital for treatment and appointments, approved MyTravel Pass and receipt of payment for medical arrangement during their entry application.
Meanwhile, police permits are no longer required for inter-division travel in Sarawak from today (Oct 6) onwards.
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) reminded that applications attached with the wrong or incomplete documents will be rejected. — DayakDaily