Mandatory for returning Sarawakians or residents from overseas to undergo 7 to 14 days quarantine

File photo depicting a vacant arrival hall at Kuching International Airport.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Aug 24: Fully vaccinated citizens and non-citizens entering Sarawak from abroad will need to serve mandatory quarantine at gazetted facilities between seven and 14 days, but individuals from Peninsular Malaysia who fulfilled all conditions would be allowed home quarantine.

All individuals are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks past their second dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines, and after 28 days for one-dose vaccines of CanSino and Johnson & Johnson.

In an updated Entry Sarawak guidelines today, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) informed that the 14-days quarantine at designated facilities applies to those who have fulfilled all transit conditions at Kuala Lumpur and arrived in Sarawak as the first point-of-entry.

Among rules for transit via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) into Sarawak include travellers must have a connecting flight within 24 hours into the State, non-exit from the airport or transit terminal building and complete two-doses of vaccine.

The 14-days quarantine also applies to those entering Sarawak directly from neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia.

However, travellers who have completed their quarantine at centres in Kuala Lumpur will be given seven-days quarantine with condition they entered Sarawak within 24-hours after being issued release order and a negative test report.

Note that all 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.

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, seeking critical medical treatment and medical tourism.

Non-essential, leisure and holiday travel is not permitted to enter Sarawak.

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.

SDMC reminded that applications with incomplete documents will be rejected. — DayakDaily