Tuesday, November 24

Uggah: No permits needed for travel between districts, states from tomorrow

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Inter-state travel is now allowed under the RMCO. File Photo

KUCHING: Inter-district travel restrictions in Sarawak will be lifted from tomorrow, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said today.

He told the daily Covid-19 press conference that the police permit, which was enforced since the start of the Movement Control Order in March, for travel between districts would no longer be necessary.

Uggah also said Malaysians who enter Sarawak from the peninsula, Sabah and Labuan did not have to apply for approval from his committee or take the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Covid-19 three days before they travel to the state.

“The PCR test will be carried out randomly upon arrival at the state’s entry points be it by air, land or sea,” he said.

Uggah said they must abide by new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) where it is compulsory for them to download the MySejahtera app, fill SDMC’s E-Health Declaration form and they are advised to download Sarawak’s COVID Trace and Qmunity apps.

However, the Sarawak Health Department officers will take swab samples at random from passengers arriving at the main entry points into the state for PCR testing, he said.

Sarawakians coming back from overseas however will still have to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated hotels with their swab samples to be taken and tested on the 10th day.

All foreigners with valid working permits and visas entering Sarawak, including Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) participants, will also be required to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated hotels, with the accommodation costs to be borne by them.

Public assemblies will be allowed, but with not more that 100 participants or depending on the size of the venue, and all attendants must adhere to the SOP, particularly social distancing and wearing of face masks, he added.

SDMC will direct all Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK) and neighbourhood watches in the state to monitor the SOP compliance of community members in their jurisdiction, as well as to ensure no outsiders encroach into their community.