Sarawak makes it compulsory for frequent travellers from Sabah, Labuan to apply for special pass

A plane sits on a runway at night. — file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Sept 24: Frequent travellers and foreigners travelling from Sabah or Labuan into Sarawak are required to apply for a special pass from the Resident Office of the relevant Divisional Disaster Management Committee.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today highlighted frequent travellers are required to also have a Covid-19 swab test taken every 14 days.

During a meeting today, the committee made several decisions as part of measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 in Sarawak due to many recent Covid-19 cases reported in Sabah and certain areas which were declared as Covid-19 red zones.

SDMC highlighted the results of the Covid-19 test for frequent travellers will only be considered valid for 14 days and that if frequent travellers failed to undergo the Covid-19 swab test, their special pass will be considered invalid.

All citizens and foreigners entering Sarawak are required to declare whether they were in Sabah or Labuan in the past 14 days.

Meanwhile, Sarawakians or permanent residents travelling through Sabah or Labuan to Sarawak need to apply online for entry through the enterSarawak app.

They are also required to observe self-quarantine at home for 14 days and wear a special wristband.

SDMC added a Covid-19 swab test will be taken from them on the second and 10th days of their arrival from Sabah.

The fees for the Covid-19 swab test will be borned by the state government.

Malaysians from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah or Labuan coming to Sarawak through Sabah or Labuan are required to apply for entry online through the enterSarawak app.

Citizens and foreigners coming to Sarawak through transit in Sabah or Labuan are also required to apply for entry online using the enterSarawak app as well as required to attach a copy of their Covid-19 swab test results via the app before being approved to enter Sarawak.

They will also need to attach a copy of their return air ticket in the app.

Upon approval, they will receive entry passes which are limited to five days.

The committee explained that those who do not offer proof of their valid Covid-19 swab test three days prior to their travel will not be allowed entry into Sarawak.

All these will be effective starting Sept 25. — DayakDaily