Borders reopening: Sabah announces guidelines for international travelers

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KOTA KINABALU: An updated guideline for entry into Sabah for international travelers in line with the reopening of the country’s borders from April 1, has been issued by the state government.

In the guidelines issued by the State Disaster Management Committee (Covid-19), the pre-entry requirements are aligned with the national level, but some measures are specific to arriving in Sabah by air, land or sea.

Upon arrival in Sabah, international travelers must undergo RTK-Antigen testing by qualified health personnel prior to immigration clearance at all points of entry (PoE) in the state.

“Personal/pre-purchased RTK saliva test is not allowed.

“For passengers transiting through Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 1 and 2 or other Malaysian PoEs, they are permitted to enter Sabah if RTK-Antigen tests performed by trained health personnel during the first PoE came back negative,” state Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said in a statement on Tuesday, March 29.

Those who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated will still need to quarantine for five days, even if they have tested negative.

Travelers found positive for Covid-19 will be required to quarantine for seven days even if fully vaccinated, while those who are partially vaccinated/unvaccinated will be quarantined for 10 days.

Teenagers aged 17 and under are exempt from quarantine despite their vaccination status unless they test positive on arrival in Sabah, while children aged six and under are exempt from Covid-19 testing, a he added.

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