Sabah Advisory
Sunday, May 1, 2022

Selamat Hari Raya and Kotobian Tadau Kaamatan!

A month of festivity it is for Sabah as Eid Mubarak is celebrated in the first week (3-4 May) and we conclude with the Harvest Festival (30-31 May). The Harvest Festival (Kaamatan) is a month-long celebration of the Kadazan-Dusun which will begin in Keningau this year. The schedule of events is available here: Harvest Festival Activities.

Sabah is also pleased to announce the opening of International Borders and has to date welcomed direct flights from Singapore via Air Asia and Scoot. Royal Brunei will commence flights starting 6th May.

As for the current Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), no PCR or RTK test is required prior to travel or upon arrival, unless you are partially or not vaccinated. Please refer to the update SOPs here: http://www.sabahtourism.com/alert/

The 2nd Asia Parks Congress will be held from the 24th to 29th of May 2022. More information on registration is available on their website.

Sabah Tourism will also be present at the following consumer / trade shows:
1. Arabian Travel Market (ATM Dubai) from 9 – 12 May
2. Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE Kuala Lumpur) from 27 – 29 May

We are progressively featuring community and sustainable based tourism entities from Sabah and you can view the videos on our YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyhbjbeP0_E

EAST COAST SECURITY UPDATES

Since 2013, the Malaysian Government has designated the 1,400 km east coast of Sabah (extending from the town of Kudat in northern Sabah to Tawau district near the border of Indonesia) as the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZONE). The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) was established to coordinate security forces’ activity in this zone.

Security forces are stationed on the islands particularly those with dive resorts. Curfew hours for sea activity between 6pm to 6am for areas of three nautical miles from shore are put in place by ESSCOM. Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia have formed a trilateral committee on this.

TRAVEL TIPS
We advise all visitors to engage services from licensed agents. The list of agents can be referred to from MOTAC or MATTA.

COVID ADVISORY AND UPDATES: https://www.sabahtourism.com/alert/

We look forward to welcome you to Enchanting Sabah!

NOREDAH OTHMANChief Executive Officer noredah@sabahtourism.com