Omicron variant: Foreigners arriving from 7 African countries banned from entering Sarawak

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Nov 28: In an effort to curb the spread of the latest Covid-19 variant, B.1.1.529 (Omicron), foreigners who have been to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are now banned from entering Sarawak.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today said the order is effective immediately.

SDMC said the decision to tighten entry requirements was made after studying the latest data on the Omicron variant from other countries as well as the statement from Ministry of Health (MoH) dated Nov 26.

SDMC added Malaysians and permanent resident pass holders returning to Malaysia from the African countries listed are allowed to enter Sarawak.

However, they are required to abide by certain requirements.

These requirements include applying for entry through enterSarawak, undergoing quarantine at the first point of entry and no self-quarantine allowed at home.

They are also not allowed to transit to other destinations until they complete quarantine and must have negative Covid-19 swab test results on the 12th day before they will be released from quarantine.

It is compulsory for travellers from foreign countries to report their travel history to airport staff.

Failure to do so will subject them to legal action. — DayakDaily