Entry/Exit: Officials in Sarawak, Malaysia, end self-quarantine requirement for travelers from Singapore, as of Feb. 12. Health screenings ongoing.

Severity: Warning Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Kuching
  • Miri
  • Bintulu

This alert began 12 Feb 2020 07:18 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Health screenings
  • Location(s): Sarawak State (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Increased customs screening times

Officials in Sarawak State have stopped requiring travelers from Singapore to undergo 14-day self-quarantine as of Feb. 11. The state government originally announced the measure to limit the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) into the state Feb. 10. Authorities have advised travelers from Singapore to minimize time spent in public places and practice good personal hygiene after entry.

Officials are maintaining a ban on all foreign nationals with recent travel history in China from entering the state. The duration of the precautionary measures will likely depend on the regional intensity and extent of the outbreak.

Follow all official instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings if traveling to destinations in Sarawak. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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