The travel restriction, which takes effect immediately, would mean that nationals from these two countries would not be allowed to enter Sabah whether by air, sea or land, said Sabah state secretary Datuk Safar Untong.
Foreigners, regardless of their nationalities, and Malaysians who are non-residents of Sabah with a recent travel history to Iran and Italy within the last 14 days are not allowed in as well.
He said that Sabahans, permanent residents and residents of Sabah with work or student passes, long-term social visit pass or any exemption order, returning from Iran and Italy would be subjected to a compulsory 14-day home quarantine.
“All Iranian and Italians who are still in Sabah are advised to depart before the expiry of their visa.
“If they wish to extend their expiring visa, they may only be allowed a one-time visa extension to a maximum of seven days,” said Safar.
Prior to these, all flights to and from China and from South Korea have been banned to control the spread of Covid-19.
In Sabah, 124 people who have been tested for Covid-19 are found to be negative as of yesterday.
From these, 92 are Malaysians (seven in Sabah), 26 Chinese nationals, and one each from Jordan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, South Korea, Hong Kong and Indonesia.