BY: Michelle Liew
As travel restrictions across Malaysia have relaxed, many are already to planning to pack their bags and go off for a vacation. However, there are still several important things to take note of if you are planning to head over to Sabah and Sarawak.
On Tuesday, November 2, AirAsia issued a travel advisory for those who are planning to head over to the two states in East Malaysia.
- You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Those who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 will not be allowed to board flights to Sabah and Sarawak.
Previously, Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department director CP Datuk Hazani Ghazali warned that unvaccinated folks who are found travelling interstate may be compounded by the police.
- You must complete an e-Health Declaration Form to enter Sarawak
This applies to all travelers, including citizens of Sarawak. The form is only valid for 12 hours before arrival in Sarawak.
Guests are advised to fill it up before leaving for the airport on the departure date.
- Foreigners and Malaysians who are not citizens of Sarawak are required to apply for entry via the EnterSarawak portal
EnterSarawak is a platform created by the state’s disaster management committee. It is meant to facilitate contact tracing should there be positive cases among visitors to the state.
This applies to foreigners and Malaysians living outside of Sarawak. However, the exempted groups include federal officers serving in Sarawak, private sector employees, and family members of Sarawak citizens, and Sarawak visa holders. Nevertheless, must present documentation as proof before boarding a flight.
- You will most likely need to test negative before entering either of the states
All guests flying into Sabah, including Sabah citizens, are required to present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid antigen (RTK-Antigen) test result that is valid for three days prior to departure.
For those heading into Sarawak, this requirement only applies to those flying in from overseas. Only a PCR test is accepted, and it must also be done three days prior to arrival in Malaysia. Upon arrival, international travelers must undergo a quarantine.
- Those between the ages of 12 and 18 who are travelling to Sabah must have been partially vaccinated
Being partially vaccinated means that they must have received at least one dose of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by fully vaccinated parents or guardians
- Some foreigners are allowed conditional entry to Sabah while others must file an application to the Chief Minister’s Department
Those allowed conditional entry are spouses or dependents of Sabahans, permanent residents of Sabah, essential service workers and their dependents, visiting investors under invitation by the state government, temporary pass holders, Sabah visa holders, and higher learning institute students.