6 October 2021
Fully vaccinated travelers from Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Labuan no longer need to observe quarantine upon entering Sabah under the National Security Council’s latest Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) updated on Oct. 4.
Sabah’s Covid-19 Spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said they would need to be tested negative for either a PCR or RTK Covid-19 test not more than three days before entering Sabah.
“Travelers 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,” he said.
He added that children below 12 entering Sabah along with a fully vaccinated guardian are advised to conduct personal monitoring at home for 10 days.
Masidi said 10-day quarantine is mandatory 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.
He said if they display symptoms when evaluated at Sabah’s borders, they will be asked to conduct either a PCR or RTK test.
He added that all domestic travelers are required to obtain a police permit to make interstate travels into Sabah. Masidi said overseas travelers, both Malaysians, and non-Malaysians, must be fully vaccinated and are required to undergo 14-day quarantine upon entering Sabah.
“They must observe mandatory quarantine either at home or at Quarantine Hotels that have been gazetted,” he said, adding that they must also be tested negative for Covid-19 with either a PCR or RTK test not more than three days before departure. He said 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.
Additionally, he said non-Malaysians from overseas travelling into Malaysia are required to obtain the MyTravelPass/ MyEntry through the Malaysian Immigration Department.
“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,” said Masidi.
He explained that the definition of “fully vaccinated” for Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZeneca recipients 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.
Starting Oct 6, four more categories of domestic travelers 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).
The State Government is also allowing two more categories of foreigners to enter Sabah starting Oct. 6 subject to SOPs, namely those under the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme and students of private and public higher learning institutions.
Sabah’s cases rose to 805 on Tuesday, while 11 deaths were recorded – two each in Lahad Datu and Kuala Penyu and one each in Keningau, Tuaran, Sandakan, Nabawan, Ranau, Papar and Kudat.
Masidi said Ranau topped the list with 87 cases, followed by Kota Kinabalu (75), Kota Belud (60), Keningau (59), Kota Marudu (59), Lahad Datu (55) and Sandakan (39).
Close contacts are still the largest contributor to the caseload with 436 cases (54.16 per cent), followed by 272 symptomatic cases (33.79 per cent).
He added that category one and two infections made up 90.81 per cent of the caseload, while six patients are in category three, four are in category four and one in category five.
Some 1,228 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital while 2,637 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals, low risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), prisons/temporary detention centres and private facilities.
He said 149 patients are under critical care, with 134 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/repurposed critical care as well as 15 in the open ward (high dependency ward (HDW)/acute cubicle), with 53 needing ventilator support.
On Sabah’s immunisation programme, Masidi said some 2,337,006 individuals have completed their first dose as of Oct 4, of which 74.6 per cent were adults.
He added that 1,845,111 individuals have completed both doses, of which 66.9 per cent were adults.
“Some 278,702 teenagers have completed their first dose, while 904 teenagers have completed both doses,” said Masidi.