KUCHING: Non-Sarawakians in Sabah and Labuan will not be allowed to enter Sarawak from Oct 4 to 18 as the state tightens entry requirements to contain the spread of imported Covid-19 cases.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said this was part of the state's strategy to protect Sarawak, particularly in view of the high number of cases in neighbouring Sabah.
He said Sarawakians in Sabah and Labuan would be allowed to return but must fill in the Enter Sarawak online application and e-health declaration form.
"They will be quarantined in designated quarantine centres for 14 days and be tested for Covid-19 on the second and 10th day.
"The cost of the quarantine and tests will be borne by the state government," he said at the state disaster management committee's briefing here on Thursday (Oct 1).
Those in essential services who regularly travel by land to Sabah and Labuan must obtain a letter from the Miri or Limbang divisional disaster management committees.
"They must also take a PCR test before starting their assignment and repeat the test every 14 days until further notice," Uggah said.
Those entering Sarawak from Peninsular Malaysia between Oct 4 and 18 must also apply for permission using the Enter Sarawak application and fill in the e-health declaration form.
"Non-Sarawakians will be quarantined for 14 days and tested on the second and 10th day. They will have to pay for the quarantine and test costs themselves," Uggah said.
"Sarawakians will also be quarantined, but if their PCR test on the second day is negative, they can continue the rest of their quarantine at home with a home surveillance order."
He added that those coming to Sarawak from the peninsula on official duty between Oct 4 and 18 must take a PCR test three days before their departure.
"These measures may seem drastic but they are necessary to protect Sarawak from Covid-19 as many of our cases are imported," he said.