Mandatory Quarantine and COVID-19 test to enter Sarawak and Sabah
Effective 9th November 2020, all passengers from international destination transiting via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Sarawak are required to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated centres as determined by Ministry of Health (Malaysia) upon arrival in KLIA. This requirement is mandatory regardless of passengers’ plan to go on a connecting flight within 24 hours of arrival in KLIA. Passengers must bear all cost required for the quarantine order.
Upon completion of the 14-day mandatory quarantine, passengers must provide negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test results that must be taken within 72 hours before they are allowed to depart for Sarawak. However, Sarawakians are exempted from the abovementioned, and are allowed to proceed on their connecting flights within 24 hours of their arrival in KLIA. All passengers are required to submit their entry application through “enterSarawak” and complete the e-Health Declaration Form before departure via http://sdmc.sarawak.gov.my.
The following requirements for passengers traveling to Sarawak from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and FT Labuan during the CMCO remains unchanged:
- Provide valid written and stamped police permit before their travel
- Submit the only application of entry through "enterSarawak" and complete the e-Health Declaration Form before departure via http://sdmc.sarawak.gov.my
- Undergo the RT-PCR COVID-19 test on the 2nd and 10th day. Any applicable costs must be borne by passengers except Sarawakians, that will be covered by the Sarawak State Government.
For Essential Services Sector
Non-Sarawakians travelling on Essential Services duty need to undertake RT-PCR COVID-19 test three (3) days before departure to the state. The requirement to complete the online application form on “enterSarawak” and the e-Health Declaration Form (e-DF) at http://sdmc.sarawak.gov.my applies.
Sarawakians returning from Peninsular Malaysia must comply with the same requirement of completing the online application on “enterSarawak” and the e-Health Declaration Form (e-DF) at http://sdmc.sarawak.gov.my. However, they must undergo an RT-PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival and will be given a wristband and follow a Home Surveillance Order (HSO) until test returns a negative result.
Employees of oil and gas companies working on oil-rigs site but have been in Sarawak for more than 30 days are not required to undergo the COVID-19 test. However, the requirement to complete the online application form on “enterSarawak” and the e-Health Declaration Form (e-DF) at http://sdmc.sarawak.gov.my applies.
Sarawakians travelling on Essential Services duty to Peninsular Malaysia are required to complete the “enterSarawak” application and the e-Health Declaration Form (e-DF) at http://sdmc.sarawak.gov.my.
Passengers need to obtain approval from the respective Heads of Departments and attach the supporting documents such as the official letter to the meeting in their application before being allowed to return without undergoing quarantine at the designated quarantine centres.
Following the recent Government’s announcement on travel restriction to and from Sabah effective 12 October 2020, only passengers of the following category are allowed to enter the state:
- Sabahan with MyKad with the prefix “H” holder
- Spouse to Sabahan and dependent with a valid Immigration Malaysia pass issued by the Department of Immigration Malaysia, Sabah, or proof of marriage certificate and the dependent's birth certificate.
- Non-Sabahan with a valid Immigration Malaysia pass issued by the Department of Immigration Malaysia, Sabah, including Sabah Permanent Resident, or students of any institution in the State of Sabah.
- Working under Essential Services with a valid Immigration Malaysia pass and issued by Sabah’s Department of Immigration Malaysia.
- Federal Government personnel must apply for Section 66(1)(d) Immigration Act 1959/63 endorsement at the Sabah Immigration office after entry into the State of Sabah. Meanwhile, their dependent is required to apply for Section 66(2) Immigration Act 1959/63 endorsement or Long-Term Social Visit Pass at the Sabah Immigration office after entry into the State of Sabah.
- Spouse to Sabahan and dependent holding a valid Immigration Malaysia passes and issued by Department of Immigration Malaysia, Sabah; or proof of marriage and birth certificate of dependent (not exceeding 18 years old)
- Sabah Permanent Resident Holding MyPR with prefix “H” / Entry Permit Card / Entry Permit Endorsement in Passport
- Work pass holder and dependent under Essential Services
- Student studying in any institution in the State of Sabah and a holder of valid Immigration Malaysia pass and issued by the Department of Immigration Malaysia, Sabah.
Passengers other than those stated above are required to obtain special permission from the Sabah Chief Minister's Department before entering the state. For any inquiries, you may contact the department at 088-369434 (24hours), and the application process will take approximately seven working days or visit https://phednp.wixsite.com/website for more information.
The Sabah State Health Department requires passengers arriving at entry points in Sabah to fill in the health declaration, risk assessment forms, and download the MySejahtera application for health self-declaration to the government. The e-Health Declaration Form can be found at http://sm.jknsabah.gov.my/.
Upon arrival, passengers are required to undergo a health screening/assessment process. Those with a clean bill of health are allowed to proceed with their journey, while those showing symptoms are required to undergo a lab test (antigen-based rapid test kit) at any registered health clinics/centres. Passengers are allowed to observe quarantine at home while waiting for the test results, and the quarantine period will depend on the test results.
All International passengers transiting via KLIA to Sabah must undergo COVID-19 testing at the airport's International Entrance before their connecting flight (within 24 hours) and undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated quarantine centres upon arrival at their point of arrival in Sabah.
Exit Requirements from Sabah
During the CMCO period, passengers exiting Sabah to Sarawak, FT Labuan or Peninsular Malaysia on a specific reason are required to obtain a written permission from the nearest police station.
Last updated 10 November 2020, 1830hrs (GMT+8)