SDMC reviews entry procedure into Sarawak

Sarawak State Assembly building

KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) is reviewing the entry procedure into the state following amendments made by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to the Covid-19 screening guidelines for arrivals at the country’s international entry points.

“SDMC took note of the amendment and is now reviewing the entry procedure into Sarawak together with the Sarawak Health Department, as well as monitoring the current developments of the Covid-19 situation to coordinate the procedure for those who wish to return to Sarawak from abroad through transit in Semenanjung Malaysia,” it said in a statement on Friday (June 18).

It said that until further decisions are made, all travellers from abroad must comply with the latest directives set by the MoH.

“For those who have completed the mandatory quarantine period and swab test are negative on the 10th or 18th days, as well as to return to Sarawak on the same day (24 hours), they are allowed to enter and will be quarantined at a designated station until the swab taken in Sarawak is negative,” said SDMC.

The MoH has made several amendments to the Covid-19 Management Guidelines in Malaysia following the current developments of the Covid-19 situation in and outside the country as well as making changes in procedures related to quarantine and Covid-19 screening tests for travellers and crews arriving through the international entry point.

According to the latest procedures, all foreign travellers arriving in Malaysia are required to undergo the Covid-19 RT-PCR test and mandatory quarantine for 14 days or 21 days if returning from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the ‘Point of Entry” or destination of first arrival (state) before being allowed to continue the journey to another state.

They are also required to adhere to entry procedures set by the state upon arrivals.