Relaxation of rules brings relief to returning Sarawakians

KUCHING: The relaxation of the entry procedures to Sarawak is a relief to Sarawakians who are outside the state looking to return home following the lifting of inter-state travel restrictions.

In stressing this, Federal Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said many complained of having to apply via EnterSarawak to return to the state.

“Thank God. The issue pertaining to the matter has been resolved.

“The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has announced its new policy for those who want to enter or return to Sarawak.

“Sarawakians will no longer be required to apply via EnterSarawak to enter the state, and they are also not required to do a Covid-19 swab test. However, they must be fully vaccinated and fill in the e-Health declaration form (eHDF),” she said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Oct 16).

Earlier, SDMC, in its daily Covid-19 update, said fully-vaccinated Sarawakians who wants to return to the state will no longer be required to undergo Covid-19 screening or apply via EnterSarawak.

The committee said the individuals will need to fill in the eHDF, adding that they must have proof of their ‘fully vaccinated’ status as well as having a ‘low risk’ or ‘asymptomatic casual contact’ status only in the MySejahtera app.

Nancy thanked the state government for its decision to relax the entry procedures for returning Sarawakians.

“I urge that we remain vigilant and always abide by the standard operating procedures — wearing a face mask when out in public, as well as practising physical distancing and good hygiene habits,” she said.