KUCHING: All Malaysians from Malaya, Sabah and Labuan entering Sarawak do not have to apply for approval from the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) or take the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Covid-19 three days before travelling to the state.
“But they must comply with the new SOP which makes it compulsory to download the MySejahtera app and fill the SDMC’s health declaration form (E-Health Declaration),” he said during his daily Covid-19 daily press conference at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building on Tuesday (June 9).
He said passengers were also advised to download the state’s Covid Trace and Qmunity app.
“PCR tests will also be taken randomly after travellers arrive in the state by air, land or sea,” he said.
He also said all Sarawakians returning from abroad will be quarantined for 14 days at designated hotels and Covid-19 sample will be taken on day 10.
“All Malaysians entering Sarawak with a history of travelling abroad within the past month are required to undergo quarantine for 14 days and sample take on day 10 as well,” he said.
He said while all foreigners entering Sarawak with valid work permit and visas including the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) participants will also be required to undergo 14 day quarantine at the hotels. However, the accommodation will be borne by them.
“All persons under surveillance (PUS) being quarantined must complete their quarantine period,” he said.
He added that in line with the announcement by the federal Ministry of Transport, social distancing during flights would be waived for all scheduled and non-scheduled flights. These include general aviation, private jet operation and helicopters.
“The decision was made in response to complaints that airlines have to increase airfares because social distancing means fewer passengers by 66 percent,” he said.
In the meantime, Uggah also said village security and development committees (JKKK) and neighbourhood watch committees in the state would be instructed to ensure that the SOP was complied with as well make sure that no outsiders enter their areas.