State authorities in Sarawak have extended strict entry and travel restrictions through Nov. 15 due to high coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in neighboring states and peninsular Malaysia. Entry from Sabah State and Labuan territory remains banned, except for Sarawak residents with prior permission to return. Entrants from international and other domestic destinations must apply online for entry permission and submit an electronic health declaration form within 12 hours before arrivals. All passengers, including Sarawak residents returning from Sabah and Labuan, must also quarantine for two weeks and undergo COVID-19 swab testing on the second and tenth days. Exemptions from the isolation requirements are in place for approved regular travelers, such as workers in essential and strategic economic sectors. Officials may expand or further extend the measures if COVID-19 activity increases locally or remains high in neighboring regions.
Nationwide movement restrictions known as recovery movement control orders (RMCO) remain in effect through Dec. 31. Business operations, religious services, non-contact sports events, and public transport services have resumed with social distancing controls, though authorities continue to discourage mass gatherings. The use of facemasks also remains compulsory in crowded public places, such as markets; officials are urging residents to wear facemasks in public to the extent possible. Violations are punishable by fines of up to MYR 1,000 (USD 240).
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments and travel plans beforehand. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.