SDMC reiterates conditions for entering Sarawak

Kuching International airport.

KUCHING: Individuals wishing to enter Sarawak still need to apply through the EnterSarawak as well as comply with the application conditions.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) added that applicants needed to include proofs of complete vaccination status and negative Covid-19 test results within three days before entering the state.

The committee, in a statement today (Oct 13), said despite the declining trend, cases in Sarawak as well as the number of Category 3, 4 and 5 cases were still high.

“Therefore, the State Health Department does not want import cases to add to the burden of existing health facilities, in particular the intensive care unit (ICU) facilities.

“This is so that optimal services can be provided to those who really need to be taken care of,” it explained.

 Sarawak recorded 106 Import B cases in August and 83 Import B cases   in Sept this year. The cases were detected after entering Sarawak during the quarantine period.

The SDMC said many more positive cases were detected before applications for admission to Sarawak.

It added the pre-entry screening requirements for Sarawak had helped to reduce the risk of in-flight spread and protect passengers inside the same plane.

“Individuals who wish to apply to enter Sarawak can take the RTK-

Antigen swab test at a government health facility for RM60 and the results can be obtained quickly.

“For those who have to reapply through the EnterSarawak due to conversion flights by the airlines can include proofs of conversion flights for the consideration of the EnterSarawak secretariat.”

“Furthermore, as for now, the proof of complete vaccination status should be included in the EnterSarawak application so that the review process upon arrival in Sarawak is not delayed.”

The committee said consideration would also be made for those who did not have the MySejahtera application and that Sarawak would make improvements in terms of reviewing the complete status of vaccinations so as not to burden passengers entering Sarawak.

 Meanwhile, Sarawak had begun its Covid-19 vaccination programme for the booster shot on Oct 13.

The SDMC said both high risk groups and frontline personnel would receive the vaccination as extra protection as well as to avoid unexpected complication from the virus.

“The group that will receive the booster shots include parents as well as families who are senior citizens as well as those with comorbidities.

“We hope that all Sarawakians will be patient and cooperate in protecting this high risk group until the vaccination programme ends in November this year, subject to the decisions and instructions from the Ministry of Health (MoH) as well as the vaccine supplies,” it added.