SDMC: No quarantine for fully vaccinated individuals except for overseas arrivals

A file photo of people waiting in line at the Kuching International Airport (KIA).

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KUCHING, Sept 15: People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, except for those arriving from overseas, will no longer need to spend 14-days in quarantine at designated facilities after they arrive in Sarawak from tomorrow (Sept 16) onwards.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) announced that the Committee has decided to lift the quarantine order for entry into Sarawak after assessing the Covid-19 situation here and in other states in Malaysia and considering the increase in percentage of the country’s population who have completed their vaccination.

People are considered to be fully vaccinated 14 days after completion of their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines, and 28 days for the single-dose Cansino and Jansen vaccines.

However, travellers or returnees entering Sarawak will still have to produce a negative rT-PCR test result with three-days validity as well as obtain police permit.

In addition, they will also have to apply to enter the State via the EnterSarawak mobile app or website, fill in the eHealth declaration form, attach proof of their completed vaccination as well as other related personal details.

For children and teens under the age of 18 entering Sarawak together with their parent(s) or guardian who have been fully vaccinated, SDMC said that they will be advised to serve home quarantine for 10 days.

For those who have not been vaccinated or partially vaccinated, they will be required to serve 10-days quarantine at designated facilities.

This group will also be required to produce negative rT-PCR test results with three-days validity, apply for entry via the EnterSarawak mobile app or website, fill in the eHealth declaration form and other personal details.

However, for individuals flying in from oversea destinations either directly or via transit, a 14-day quarantine order in designated facilities will still apply.

As per existing entry guideline, those who completed their respective quarantine period at centres in Kuala Lumpur will be given a seven-day quarantine upon arrival in Sarawak with the condition that they exit the centre in KL within 24-hours with negative rT-PCR test results.

They are allowed to transit via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) provided they remain in the airport terminal with a connecting flight within 24-hours. — DayakDaily