Sarawak denies entry to foreigners from Covid-19-affected countries

Sarawak is vigilant for entry of those who have travelled to South Korea, Italy, Iran, China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

KUCHING: Sarawak is refusing entry to foreigners who have travelled to South Korea, Italy, Iran, China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan in the previous 14 days to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The Sarawak state disaster management committee (JPBN) said in a statement that they wanted to ensure the state remained free from the disease.

Malaysians, who are non-residents of Sarawak, who have travelled to these places over the last 14 days, are also advised not to visit the state.

“All Sarawakians and Sarawakian permanent residents (PR), as well as work and student pass holders who have travelled to these countries over the last 14 days must undergo compulsory home quarantine for 14 days.

“They will be subjected to random monitoring by the medical authorities,” it said.

Besides that, visitors from Covid-19 affected countries, such as Singapore, Indonesia and Japan, are to adhere to precautionary guidelines issued by the Sarawak Health Department at all points of entry, it said.

Since Jan 10 this year, 158 people have been placed under investigation, with 136 testing negative and 22 pending laboratory results.