Negative Covid-19 test result with 7-day validity required for essential travel to and from Bintulu

Police manning a roadblock to restrict the movement of vehicles in this file photo.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 26: A negative Covid-19 swab test result with a validity period of seven days instead of 14-days is now required for essential travel when entering and leaving Bintulu Zone, apart from a police permit.

These are the latest additional restrictions under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) standard operating procedures (SOP) for Bintulu Zone.


However, movement between divisions and inter-district crossing within Bintulu Zone is not allowed except for essential services and emergencies.

An approval permit from Bintulu Division Health Office is also required for stopover trips.

As for entry into Bintulu by air, sea and land from overseas, Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan, rT-PCR test results are not required but it is mandatory for all arrivals to undergo a 14-day quarantine in Bintulu.

Swab tests for arrivals under quarantine will be carried out on the second and tenth days at the quarantine centre.

Note also that people either individuals or in groups are not allowed to be at public places in Bintulu after 8pm without a reasonable excuse.

As per current restrictions, only two persons are allowed in a private vehicle under the current CMCO SOP except for vehicles from outside of Bintulu which will be based on the capacity of a vehicle, including having necessary swab test results and police permits.

Only two persons from the same household are allowed out to purchase food supply, medication, dietary supplement products and other necessities. — DayakDaily