Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: The mandatory screening conducted at all of Sarawak’s main entrances has been extended until August 31.

State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the admission of all Malaysians from West Malaysia, Sabah, and Labuan entering Sarawak will undergo compulsory screening at all main entrances to Sarawak for the time being.

“For essential services involving civil servants and business sectors, they can apply for quarantine exemption upon entering Sarawak if their travel is considered as essential services and official business and they must bring a letter of permission from their respective heads of department and employers,” he told a press conference on Tuesday (Aug 11).

He also announced the extension of the mandatory 14-day quarantine at hotels in Sarawak until August 31.

The mandatory quarantine in hotels is only for travellers from West Malaysia, Sabah, and Labuan whose last destination is in the rural and interior areas, Uggah noted.

“They will be allowed to return home if the test results are negative,” he assured.

In that regard, he added that all passengers returning from red zones will be quarantined at the hotel before being allowed to return to their respective homes.

Additionally, Uggah also revealed that the reduction of number of flights coming into Sarawak which was implemented beginning August 1 will be extended until August 31.