Uggah speaks at the daily Covid-19 press conference.

KUCHING: The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has announced an update to its existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for entrance from Sabah and Labuan to Sarawak.

SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Sarawakians, permanent resident pass holders, and state visa pass holders who presented negative rT-PCR Covid-19 test results done within three days prior entering Sarawak would not have to be tested on the second day of their 14-day home surveillance order (HSO).

“rT-PCR swab test would only be taken on the 10th day of their HSO. The costs will be borne by the state government,” he said when delivering SDMC’s Covid-19 update on Monday (Sept 28).

He said those transiting via any airports in the state are also not allowed to leave the arrival hall.

“HSO will be issued on the first point of entry and a wristband will also be given.

“If their final destinations are in the interior areas far from health clinics equipped with Covid-19 screening, they will be quarantined at hotels or at designated quarantine centres,” he added.

For Malaysian citizens from West Malaysia, Labuan, or Sabah; and foreigners who wish to enter Sarawak though Sabah or Labuan, Uggah said admission for official duties and essential services will be considered, subject to SDMC’s approval.

He added that all citizens and foreign nationals in Sarawak who had been in Sabah or Labuan in the last 14 days are required to fill in the e-Health Declaration Form (eHDF).

“For non-Sarawakians and foreigners (who had been in Sabah or Labuan in the last 14 days) they will be quarantined at the hotel for 14 days and screened for Covid-19 on the second and 10th day. They will bear the cost themselves.

“For Sarawakians, they will be subjected to 14-day HSO and screened for Covid-19 on the second and 10th day. The cost will be borne by the Sarawak government,” he added.