Fully vaccinated people can enter Sarawak for essential matters, work purposes, emergencies

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Aug 21: People who have been fully vaccinated after at least two weeks past their second dose of vaccine will be allowed to enter Sarawak for essential matters, work purposes and emergencies.

As per latest Enter Sarawak guidelines, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) pointed out that travellers entering the State either from domestic or overseas destinations are subjected to negative Covid-19 test results valid for at least three days, police permit, digital vaccination certificate, and quarantine order.

Prior to entry, all travellers are required to apply by submitting all relevant documents including return copy of identity card, children birth certificates, air tickets, work permits, marriage or death certificates, medical letters and letters from employers via EnterSarawak app or website for both short-term and long-term stay.

Eligibility to enter will be given for reasons including students in semester breaks, long distance partners, parents visiting children below 18 years old, essential services or official work travelling, emergencies such as death in family and funeral, to seek critical medical treatment and medical tourism.

For those who are not vaccinated and seeking to enter the State for medical reasons, they are required to submit a medical letter from clinics or hospitals as proof.

Note that applications with incomplete documents will be rejected. Non-essential, leisure and holiday travel are not permitted to enter Sarawak.

As for quarantine procedures, all travellers will be required to undergo quarantine either at home or at designated centres; while those coming in for a three-day, two-night stay will be exempted from quarantine, except for emergency cases attending to death and funeral matters.

Non-Sarawakians will also need to pay for quarantine and swab test costs unless they are married to a Sarawakian.

For travellers entering from overseas, those who have completed quarantine at centres in Kuala Lumpur will be given seven days quarantine with condition they exit the centre within 24 hours and a negative test report.

Those who arrived in Sarawak as the first point-of-entry from overseas will serve full home quarantine for 14 days, but those who entered from the land border of Brunei and Indonesia will have to serve full quarantine at centres.

The guidelines also provided additional conditions of entry for the oil and gas sector, shipping sector, airline sector and for delivery transporters under essential services.

Latest enterSarawak Guidelines as of 20 August 2021— DayakDaily