- Based on an update by the National Security Council on 4th October, fully vaccinated travellers from Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Labuan no longer need to observe quarantine upon entering Sabah.
- The 10-day mandatory quarantine still applies for domestic travellers who are unvaccinated or have not completed their vaccination, adding they would also need to fill in the eHDF form and be tested negative for Covid-19 not more than three days before entering Sabah.
No More Quarantine For Vaccinated Malaysians Entering Sabah
Isn’t it tiring for Malaysians to be undergoing prolonged quarantine periods just because they travel by flight to areas such as Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia? Well, Sabah has some great news!
Based on an update by the National Security Council on 4th October, fully vaccinated travellers from Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Labuan no longer need to observe quarantine upon entering Sabah. Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, Sabah’s Covid-19 Spokesperson, said that they would need to be tested negative for either a PCR or RTK Covid-19 test not more than three days before entering Sabah.
Adding on, he stated, “Traveler’s must provide evidence for being fully vaccinated at Sabah’s borders and must also fill in the eHealth Declaration Form (eHDF). They are also subject to risk evaluation by health officials at Sabah’s borders and if found symptomatic, they will be instructed to undergo mandatory quarantine at home."
Furthermore, children below 12 years of age, along with a fully vaccinated guardian, are advised to conduct personal monitoring at home for 10 days. Despite this good news, the 10-day mandatory quarantine still applies for domestic travellers who are unvaccinated or have not completed their vaccination, adding they would also need to fill in the eHDF form and be tested negative for Covid-19 not more than three days before entering Sabah.
In the case where they develop or display symptoms when evaluated at Sabah’s borders, they will be asked to conduct either a PCR or RTK test. All domestic travellers would be required to obtain a police permit to make interstate travels into Sabah.
Masidi also said that overseas travellers, both Malaysians and non-Malaysians, must be fully vaccinated and are required to undergo 14-day quarantine upon entering Sabah. They must also be tested negative for Covid-19 with either a PCR or RTK test not more than three days before departure.
According to him, “They must observe mandatory quarantine either at home or at Quarantine Hotels that have been gazetted."
They are also required to fill in the eHDF form and will be asked to undergo a PCR or RTK test if they are found displaying symptoms during risk evaluation at Sabah’s borders.
As an additional precaution, non-Malaysians from overseas travelling into Malaysia are required to obtain the MyTravelPass/ MyEntry through the Malaysian Immigration Department.
Pertaining to this, he stated that, “A police permit for interstate travel is not needed for passengers making a transit at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in a flight en route to Sabah. However such passengers will not be allowed to exit KLIA."
In terms of the definition of being fully vaccinated, he explains that for Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZeneca recipients, it is 14 days after receiving their second dose. Whereas for the single-dose CanSino and Jansen recipients, they are only considered fully vaccinated 28 days after the injection.
Beginning 6th October, 4 more categories of domestic travellers are allowed to enter Sabah subject to SOPs, namely transporters from Sarawak and Labuan, daily trippers from Labuan, students of private and public higher learning institutions and those returning to Sabah to get married (nikah).
Moreover, the State Government is also allowing 2 more categories of foreigners to enter Sabah starting 6th October subject to SOPs, namely those under Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme and students of private and public higher learning institutions.
As for Sabah's Covid-19 cases on 5th October, here's a breakdown:
- Total cases: 805
- Kota Kinabalu (75)
- Kota Belud (60)
- Keningau (59)
- Kota Marudu (59)
- Lahad Datu (55)
- Sandakan (39)
- Total deaths: 11
- Lahad Datu (2)
- Kuala Penyu (2)
- Keningau (1)
- Tuaran (1)
- Sandakan (1)
- Nabawan (1)
- Ranau (1)
- Papar (1)
- Kudat (1)
- Close Contacts : 436 cases [54.16%]
- Symptomatic Cases: 272 cases [33.79%]
- Category Of Cases:
- Category 1 & 2 (90.81%)
- Category 3 (6 patients)
- Category 4 (4 patients)
- Category 5 (1 patients)
- Status Of Patients:
- Receiving treatment : 2,637 patients
- Discharged: 1,228 patients
- Critical Care: 149 patients
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU) : 134 patients
- Open Ward: 15 patients
- Needing Ventilator Support: 53 patients