SDMC updates guidelines for travellers entering Sarawak by air effective April 1

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, March 27: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC)’s compiled and updated guidelines for travellers entering Sarawak may now be downloaded from its official website.

This comes as Malaysia plans to reopen its borders starting April 1.

“In line with Malaysia’s transition into the (Covid-19) endemic phase effective April 1, 2022 as well as the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for travellers entering Malaysia which was announced by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on March 24, the Sarawak government has made several updates to the general guidelines on the reopening of Sarawak border by air which can be downloaded from the SDMC official website at,” SDMC said in a statement today.

Among the SOPs listed are those concerning documents required and entry status of Malaysians, non-Malaysians and international travellers.

Travellers originating from Singapore are exempted from undergoing professional RTK-Antigen tests while others, either from overseas or transiting through Singapore are not.

Other than that, all short-term foreign visitors are required to purchase personal Covid-19 travel insurance for Covid-19 related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs in Malaysia, regardless of vaccination or recovery status, prior to travelling to Malaysia.

This, however, does not apply to Malaysian travellers and individuals in certain categories, namely spouses of Malaysian citizens, foreign workers including foreign helpers, and individuals with study pass, long-term social pass, resident pass, expatriate’s pass, permanent resident pass, and MM2H status. — DayakDaily