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Sarawak RMCO Still Requires Expats in Malaysia to Quarantine

Sarawak RMCO Still Requires Expats in Malaysia to Quarantine

Old Jun 9th 2020, 4:43 pm
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Default Sarawak RMCO Still Requires Expats in Malaysia to Quarantine

While most of Malaysia is allowing the free movement of Expats already in Malaysia between States (e.g. an expat living in KL could travel to Sabah), Sarawak's government has decided to allow relatively free movement on Malaysians in Sabah or the Peninsula but NOT expats.

Expats traveling into Sarawak- even if they have been in Malaysia the full MCO period since March -or longer) will still be required to obtain a swab antigen test AND undergo a two week Hotel Quarantine.


DECISIONS BY SARAWAK DISASTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE


a. In sync with the announcement made by Ministry of Transport Malaysia, social distancing inside air transport is fully EXCLUDED for all scheduled and non-scheduled air transport operations, including general aviation, private jet and helicopter

Malaysians in West Malaysia and Sabah

b. Effective 10th June 2020, interstate travel to Sarawak is allowed for all Malaysian citizens, as well as inter-District travel within Sarawak.
c. All Malaysian citizens from West Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan are allowed to enter Sarawak without having to apply through SDMC. There is no need to take PCR test / sample three (3) days before departure to Sarawak. However, effective from 10th June 2020, they must strictly observe the following SOP:
i. It is mandatory to download the MySejahtera app;
ii. To fill in the Health Declaration Form (E-Health Declaration) - http://sdmc.sarawak.gov.my;
iii. Random samples will be taken from visitors upon arrival via all the State's main entry points (air, land and sea); and
iv. Visitors are advised to download the tracing apps Covid Trace Sarawak and Qmunity

SARAWAKIANS RETURNING FROM ABROAD

d. It is mandatory for all Sarawakians returning from overseas to undergo 14 days quarantine in selected hotel and be tested on day 10

MALAYSIANS WHO HAVE RETURNED FROM ABROAD OVER THE LAST MONTH

e. It is compulsory for all Malaysian citizens who possess overseas travel history in the past one month to undergo 14 days quarantine and be tested on day 10, if they wish to enter Sarawak

ALL FOREIGN CITIZENS

f. All foreign citizens who possess valid working permits and Visas, including MM2H participants, who enter Sarawak are required to undergo 14 days quarantine. The quarantine cost will be borne by themselves.

THOSE ALREADY QUARANTINED

g. All Person Under Surveillance (PUS) who are quarantined in hotel to date must complete their quarantine period.

GROUPS

h. Effective from 10th June 2020, general assembly is allowed with a maximum of 100 people only (subject to the size of venue). Strict SOP must be observed such as social distancing and practice high standards of personal hygiene
i. Every Village Development and Security Committee or JKKK and Neighbourhood / Community Association (Rukun Tetangga) along with RELA will be mobilized to monitor the COVID-19 SOP such as social distancing and to prevent outsiders from entering the community area

j. Below are activities allowed during the RMCO effective from 17th June 2020. This gives the relevant ministries and agencies to refine their existing SOP and applications must be submitted for approval latest by 15th June 2020 to SDMC

FROM 17 JUNE 2020 ONWARDS:
☑️ ALLOWED ACTIVITIES
1. Inter-state travel
2. Wet market
3. Domestic travelling
4. Raya Haji and Qorban
5. Education institution to resume in stages
6. Self-service laundry
7. Fishing ponds
8. Cycling / convoy
9. Non-contact sports (e.g. badminton and bowling)
10. Business activity opening hours to follow SOP
11. Meetings and workshops
🚫 PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
1. Pubs / night clubs
2. Entertainment Center / Reflexology / Karaoke
3. Theme Parks
4. Religious parade
5. Banquet / feasts / festivities
6. Open house celebrations
7. Sports with physical contact
8. Swimming, rugby, football, hockey, etc.
9. Overseas travel
10. Country's borders remained closed
11. Mass Gatherings
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Old Jun 10th 2020, 3:44 am
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Default Re: Sarawak RMCO Still Requires Expats in Malaysia to Quarantine

Perhaps it's easier to quarantine ALL Foreigners (including South Asian migrant workers) under a blanket order, instead of wondering if some passport stamps are fake.
Fortunately / Unfortunately the recent news stories of infected "Foreigners" might have something to do with this. I was actually thinking of a trip to Kuching, not so much now.
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Old Jun 10th 2020, 7:03 am
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Default Re: Sarawak RMCO Still Requires Expats in Malaysia to Quarantine

Well, MM2H and other tips of Long-Term Visa Holders have very large full page holographic pages that are scanned into the database.I think very difficult to fake. In contrast, there are tens of thousands of fake MyKADS out there.But I do agree with you that there has been very little differentiation in the news between illegal immigrants, Migrant Workers that stay in crowded dormitories, and other expats. It's always simply "Foreigners, foreigners, foreigners". Someone seems to be politically profiting from instilling xenophobia. But that tactic will backfire when they want foreign investment, international tourism, foreign assistance that requires international cooperation, etc. And it will be hard to roll back the bad repute they get for expelling or discriminating against "the foreigners" that played by the book.
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Old Jun 16th 2020, 4:58 am
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Default Re: Sarawak RMCO Still Requires Expats in Malaysia to Quarantine

Hooray! Small Victories.

"ALL foreign nationals including those with work permits and valid visas and participants of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme who were already in Malaysia before the Movement Control Oder (MCO) was imposed on March 18 are permitted to enter Sarawak without the need to undergo quarantine, effective today.The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) said, however, they must first seek permission from JPBN in order to do so.

"However, for foreign nationals in the same three categories who entered Malaysia during the MCO, they are allowed to enter Sarawak but must first apply to JPBN and must undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine whereby all costs must be borne by themselves,” JPBN said in a statement here.


https://www.theedgemarkets.com/artic...P-6N-UnGoTlO_Y

Not clear if this applies to those on Tourist visas (which are technically "passes") and if by "Valid Visa" they mean valid on the date the MCO took effect (i.e. you were not illegally overstaying during the MCO even though the visa expired DURING that time). And requiring those who entered Malaysia during the MCO (and thus had to undergo two week Quarantine already and were declared Coli-19 Free after testing) seems a bit weird. They are probably safer than anyone.

Anyways it can't hurt to try and apply

https://sarawakdisastermc.com/?fbcli...sgYYy3fLV62ER0



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