Singapore and Malaysia to Resume Cross-Border Travel For Essential Business and Official Travel From Aug 10

Singapore and Malaysia have established a formal agreement to resume essential business and official travel between their countries. Their mutual border (Johor-Singapore Causeway) has been closed for five months in a bid to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

Reopening Cross-Border Travel With Safety Conditions in Place

In a joint statement released on 14 July, the Government of Malaysia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore have agreed to implement the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA). These two schemes are meant to address the needs of different groups of cross-border travellers between both countries.

To sum it up briefly, the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) are meant for Singapore and Malaysia residents who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work in the other country. Both countries are working to implement RGL and PCA on 10 August 2020.

Looks like non-essential travel to Johor Bahru is still out of bounds for the masses to prevent virus flare-up.

What Eligible Travellers Need To Know

Eligible travellers have to abide by the prevailing Covid-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed by both countries which include undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests. Travellers will also be expected to submit to the relevant authorities of the receiving country a controlled itinerary and adhere to this controlled itinerary during their visit.

More information such as health protocols and application process involved for entry and exit into Malaysia and Singapore will be made available before 10 August 2020.

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