KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has decided that effective Sept 21 all Malaysians and non-Malaysians entering Sarawak through Sabah or Labuan must fill in the ‘EnterSarawak’ form online with supporting documents and undergo the rT-PCR test for Covid-19 three days before travel.
SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said for Malaysians entering the state by flights from Penang, random Covid-19 tests will be done at the Kuching International Airport (KIA).
“For Sarawakians returning from overseas, they will be quarantined at the ‘First Point of Entry’ in Sarawak and they will not be allowed to transit to the final destination,” he said in a press conference on the daily Covid-19 update at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building today.
He said for Sarawak who had to commute to Brunei and Sabah for work purposes, they need to have special letters from the Divisional Disaster Management Committee of their respective divisions in Miri and Limbang.
“They are also required to take the Covid-19 test every two weeks and always comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the Ministry of Health (MoH),” he said.
Uggah said that those working in the oil and gas sector who need to travel to their respective oil rigs and have been in Sarawak for 30 days do not need to take the Covid-19 test.
“However, for employees from outside Sarawak, they need to take the Covid-19 test and comply with the existing SOP,” he said.
He added that for foreign workers in the construction and plantation sectors and foreign students are allowed to enter Sarawak under the four conditions.
“Among the conditions is that they must have valid work or study permits, and they need to apply from SDMC (case by case) and fill the ‘EnterSarawak’ form online,” he said.
He said the other condition is that the cost of the 14-day quarantine and the two-time Covid-19 tests are to be borne by the companies concerned, students or the institutions concerned.
“The companies or institutions will also need to provide transportation from the points of entry to the quarantine centres,” he said.