14th April 2021
To date, Sabah has recorded 56,165 positive COVID-19 cases with 55,051 recovered and 408 deaths.

13th January 2021
Sabah is currently under Movement Control Order (MCO) from 13 to 26 January 2021 due to the increase numbers of positive cases hence, travel for leisure both inter-state and inter-district is not permitted at the moment. Likewise, no tourism activity is allowed. Hotels are allowed to operate. However, guests are required to be confined to the room and for F&B, room service is allowed.

8th December 2020
Travel for leisure is now allowed and tourism operators are allowed to operate on a 50% capacity. Inter-state travelers are required to undergo the Covid swab test and produce negative results at least 3 days prior to departure. Non-Malaysian residents are also allowed to travel and must possess valid immigration passes.

We wish to remind everyone to adhere to the SOPs.

6th October 2020
Inter-district travel in Sabah is currently restricted and sanitizing efforts are being conducted in view of the rise of COVID-19 cases in the State. It is essential that we work towards reducing the cases and desisting any further spread. We look forward to welcoming you back for travel once the situation has improved. Interstate travel is suspended from 12 – 25 October 2020.

28th August 2020
The Malaysia government has announced the extension of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) until 31st December 2020.

4th September 2020
Entry restrictions to Malaysia for foreign travellers is imposed. Those no longer allowed entry into Malaysia until further notice include:

  • Permanent Residents of Malaysia;
  • Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H);
  • All expatriates – Employment Pass (Category I, II and III), Residence Pass – Talent (RP-T), Professional Visit Pass (expert category) and Dependent Pass;
  • Residence Pass;
  • Spouse/Children to a Malaysian citizen with Long Term Visit Pass (Social)
  • Student Pass; and
  • Visit Pass (Temporary employment)

This applies to 23 countries:

  1. United States of America
  2. Brazil
  3. India
  4. Russia
  5. Peru
  6. Colombia
  7. South Africa
  8. Mexico
  9. Spain
  10. Argentina
  11. Chile
  12. Iran
  13. United Kingdom
  14. Bangladesh
  15. Saudi Arabia
  16. Pakistan
  17. France
  18. Turkey
  19. Italy
  20. Germany
  21. Iraq
  22. Philippines
  23. Indonesia

Anyone holding a valid pass issued by the Malaysia Immigration Department with family residing in West Malaysia, Sarawak and Labuan is allowed to visit Sabah for leisure and will not be subject to undertaking a personal COVID-19 Swab Test or undergo quarantine. Visitors will be required to fill up a Health Declaration form and abide by the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set by the Health Department of Sabah.

Most hotels, tourist attractions and businesses have since resumed operations for example, islands under the jurisdiction of Sabah Parks; Manukan, Sapi and Mamutik allows 250 visitors per island per day and 143 climbers for Mt Kinabalu are allowed per day. Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center and the Sabah State Museum have also reopened. We look forward to welcoming you to Sabah.

As for events, the maximum capacity is for 250 people relative to the size of the venue and must adhere to the basic SOP of sanitizing, temperature checks, registration and wearing a face mask.

Kindly refer to the circular from the Sabah State Secretary in regards to the Temporary (Additional) Prohibition Order.

Read our updated Sabah Advisory here.

Last reviewed: April 14, 2021