Travellers overstaying social visit passes can leave state after CMCO

Datuk Ken Leben

KUCHING, May 8: Foreigners, including those from Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia, who have overstayed their social visit pass in the state since Jan 1, 2020 to 14 working days after the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) is lifted, are allowed to leave Sarawak without the need to renew their pass.

Sarawak Immigration Department director Datu Ken Leben in a statement said that the pass holders could also apply for an extension from the Immigration department if they intended to remain in the state.

“However, this only applies to those who hold the social visit pass (tourist) who have overstayed starting from Feb 1, 2020 up to 14 working days after the CMCO is lifted.

“At the same time, an extension for the long-term social visit pass holder who has stayed in Sarawak starting from Feb 1, 2020 until CMCO is lifted can be made at the Immigration Department office after they have applied for an appointment online,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ken also stated that all appointments for the Immigration department counter services, such as the Visa, Pass and Permit Division, Expatriate and Foreign Workers Division are required to use the Online Appointment System (STO) available at www.sto.imi.gov.my, which can be accessed starting today (May 8, 2020).


“But, no appointments are required for the Security and Passport Division, and the public can directly go to their nearest Immigration counter which is subjected to the Covid-19 Management Guidelines in Malaysia No.5/2020.

“The Sarawak Immigration Department counter at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) in Kuching, Sibu and Miri will start their operation on May 12, 2020, and are subjected to further instruction from the Finance Ministry,” he added.

For further information, visit www.imi.gov.my and also official Immigration Malaysia Facebook page, or contact Immigration hotline at 03-88882010, or call the Sarawak Immigration Department Operation Center at 082-429437.—DayakDaily.