Sabah to follow Federal Govt’s SOP for travellers entering Malaysia


Christina Liew

KOTA KINABALU (Jan 18): The State Government will follow the Federal Government’s standard operating procedure (SOP) for travellers entering Malaysia with effect from Wednesday (Jan 18).

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew announced that the decision was reached at the Cabinet meeting after the matter was raised and discussed on Wednesday.

“Sabah will waive the requirement for the certificate of vaccination. Secondly, a negative Covid-19 test is no longer required for travellers entering the state. This is now applicable to both domestic and foreign travellers,” she said in a statement after chairing a post-Cabinet meeting at the ministry’s office.

From August 1, 2022, all travellers are allowed to enter Malaysia, regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status and do not require a pre-departure or on-arrival Covid-19 test, as stipulated by the Federal Government.

Secondly, the minister disclosed that the Cabinet has also approved the setting up of the Sabah Convention Bureau at the meeting, encompassing its vision, function and proposed services.

Its vision is to ensure Sabah is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the world’s best cities in hosting business events and to establish Sabah as a dynamic business events destination where people, technology and ideas converge to create great value for customers.

The minister said the bureau will function as a ‘one-stop shop’ for independent information and assistance, and will give a planner advice on all aspects of hosting and organising conventions and business events within Sabah.