Sabah Advisory
Thursday, September 3, 2020


It has been great to see locals heading out for their staycations and exploring places beyond the city centre. This is an affirmation that we have managed to diversify the tourism products in Sabah. Staycation & Travel Promos are still available on our website.

We have also managed to stream the Sandakan Day Memorial service live on Facebook and YouTube. It was a significant event for us as we commemorate the end of WWII and the 75th Anniversary of the Sandakan – Ranau Death March.

“Almost 2500 Australian and British prisoners of war were held in a camp at Sandakan during World War 2. Almost all perished by 1945, which is 1400 at Sandakan and the remainder on death marches or at Ranau, in Sabah’s interior. At war’s end, six Australians, who escaped and were cared for by villagers, were the sole survivors. No one survived at Sandakan. The last man left alive at the camp was beheaded on the morning of 15 August, five hours before Japan surrendered.”

The Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) has been extended until 31st December 2020. Travel for all friends residing in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak, Labuan and expats in Malaysia are allowed to travel to Sabah. No quarantine is imposed unless you pose symptoms. Prior to entering the State, you are required to fill in a Health Declaration form. We advise you to fill it up online to expedite the checking process although the physical form will be made available upon arrival.

We look forward to welcome you again to Sabah. Together we can break the spread of COVID-19 by practicing the new norm to ensure safer journey for everyone.

The latest updates on the COVID-19 by Sabah State Government can be seen here.


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 7 pm to 5 am 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. 


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