Foreign workers now allowed to enter Sarawak

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By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK now allows all foreign nationals with valid work permits to enter the state but they must undergo 14-day quarantine at designated centres.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said they are also required to take a swab test or real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on the second and tenth day.

“Even if they are tested negative, it is compulsory for them to complete the 14-day quarantine at the designated centres. The employer have to bear the quarantine costs and COVID-19 tests,” he said at the Covid-19 press conference.

Uggah said some companies hiring Indonesian workers had misunderstood the government’s ruling.

“There are some employers who wanted their workers to continue the remaining (days of) quarantine at home after they were tested negative. But, we don’t allow and we cannot compromise on this.

“The SOPs for foreign workers and Sarawakians from overseas are different,” he said.

He also said the SDMC will announce new additional measures tomorrow to prevent the second wave of Covid-19 in Sarawak.