KOTA KINABALU: International and domestic travellers will be free to enter Sabah without the need for a pre-departure Covid-19 test, says state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew.
She said the state would follow the Federal Government's standard operating procedure (SOP) for travellers to enter the state without any Covid-19 requirements.
The state Cabinet made the decision to follow the Federal guidelines at its meeting on Wednesday (Jan 18), she added.
"Sabah will waive the requirement for travellers to show a Covid-19 certificate of vaccination.
"A negative Covid-19 test is also no longer required for travellers entering the state," she said, adding that this was effective immediately for both domestic and foreign travellers.
Since Aug 1, all travellers are allowed to enter Malaysia regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status and do not require a pre-departure or on-arrival Covid-19 test under the Federal Government SOP.
Liew also said the state Cabinet had approved the setting up of the Sabah Convention Bureau, a one-stop centre for information and assistance on organising conventions and business events in the state.
The centre will also help with planning and advise event organisers on various aspects of the process.
"Our vision is to ensure Sabah is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the world's best cities for hosting business events.
"We hope to establish Sabah as a dynamic destination for business events where people, technology and ideas converge," said Liew, who was appointed minister on Jan 11 in a Cabinet reshuffle by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.