Labuan to relax entry SOPs from Friday
Published on: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
By: Bernama
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From Sept 24, domestic travellers with a negative RT-PCR test result, who have completed their Covid-19 vaccination and are asymptomatic upon arrival, need not undergo quarantine. (Bernama pic)
LABUAN: The National Security Council (MKN) has issued new standard operating procedures for travellers entering Labuan, effective this Friday.

Under this new requirement, anyone who has a negative result for a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, completed both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination and is asymptomatic upon arrival will be exempted from undergoing quarantine.

Labuan MKN director Mohd Hafiez Mohd Daud said this relaxation was being given in line with Labuan’s transition to Phase 4 of the national recovery plan from Aug 26.

“We are focusing on balancing this island’s economy with the people’s well-being and health.

“We in the Labuan Disaster Management Committee are determined to safeguard Labuan from returning to difficult times, without compromising on its economic stability,” he said today.

Hafiez said travellers intending to enter Labuan must undergo the RT-PCR test (with negative result) three days prior to departure, or the RTK-Antigen saliva test (approved by a registered medical practitioner or health ministry’s healthcare personnel) 48 hours prior to arriving at the Labuan Airport or ferry terminals.

“Those who have yet to be fully vaccinated (upon arrival) have to undergo a 10-day quarantine and take the RTK-Antigen test on the eighth day.

“Travellers found to have symptoms upon arrival or an invalid Covid-19 test are required to undergo a five-day quarantine and take the RTK-Antigen test on the fourth day,” he added.

Hafiez said entry requirements for travellers from overseas were slightly different from that for domestic travellers. These people will undergo a 14-21-day quarantine and will be subjected to the Covid-19 risk assessment at the entry points.

“Travellers from overseas who have completed their vaccination can undergo home quarantine.

“For the transporters on daily trips (bringing in essential goods from Sabah to Labuan), they must have a valid health card from the Labuan health department.

“They must have completed their vaccination and test negative through the RT-PCR test three days prior to entering Labuan or undergo the RTK-Antigen saliva test.

“The health card must be renewed weekly and these people must be asymptomatic upon arrival at the Labuan ferry terminals.

“Healthcare personnel may still conduct random Covid-19 screening on the transporters for surveillance,” he said.

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