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Mandatory Quarantine and COVID-19 test to enter Sarawak and Sabah




Effective 21 September 2020, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) of Sarawak has imposed new entry requirements for passengers entering the state:


1.  All passengers entering Sarawak from Sabah and Labuan must complete the online form "EnterSarawak" and undergo the COVID-19 (PCR test) three (3) days before the departure date. Only those with negative results will be granted access. Those transiting via Sabah or Labuan are exempted from the above as long as they remain at the transit hall before their connecting flight. 


2.  Malaysians travelling from Penang to the state may be subjected to a random COVID -19 test at Kuching International Airport upon arrival. 


3.  Sarawakians arriving from overseas are subjected to a mandatory quarantine at the "First Point of Entry" in Sarawak and are not allowed to proceed for immediate transit.


4.  Sarawakians who are frequent flyers to Brunei and Sabah must provide clearance letters from the Disaster Management Committee from respective areas (Miri and Limbang). They are subjected to undergo a COVID-19 test every two weeks. 


5.  Employees of oil and gas companies working on oil-rigs but have been in Sarawak for more than 30 days are not required to undergo the COVID-19 test. However, those travelling into Sarawak are subjected to the existing SOPs.


 6.  Foreign workers in the Construction and Plantation sectors; and students are allowed to enter Sarawak with the following conditions:

1.  Possess a valid work or study permit

2.  Have completed the "EnterSarawak" form online. The application is subject to SDMC's approval

3.  The COVID-19 test must be taken twice (2). The Company / Student / Institution shall bear the cost of quarantine and testing.

4.  Companies / Institutions need to provide transportation for the respective employees from the entry point to the designated quarantine centres. 




The Sabah State Government now allows entry into the state via air, land, and sea by civil servants, private sector workers, all Malaysians including Sabahans arriving from Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak, and Federal Territory of Labuan.


Effective 11th June 2020, the Sabah State Health Department requires passengers arriving at entry points in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau to fill in the health declaration and risk assessment forms. This is in addition to the requirement for passengers to 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 will have to undergo health screening/assessment process.  Those with a clean bill of health are allowed to proceed with their journey, while those showing symptoms will be 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 a COVID-19 testing at the airport's International Entrance before their connecting flight (within 24 hours) and required to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated quarantine centres upon arrival at their point of arrival in Sabah. The requirement for passengers to do COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight to Malaysia is NO longer applicable.


Non-Sabahans and foreigners working in Sabah are required to present valid work permit or any exemption order as issued by Sabah Immigration upon arrival.



Last updated 20 Sep 2020, 2000hrs (GMT+8)



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