Malaysia-Singapore To Reopen Border From Aug 10, With Conditions

  • 14 Jul 2020

Malaysia and Singapore will reopen their borders which was sealed off during the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning Aug 10. 

Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and his Singaporean counterpart Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, in a joint statement, said the reopening will be under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Agreement (PCA).

This will allow citizens from both countries to travel to either side of the Johor Strait for work of official purposes, according to the New Straits Times (NST). 

"The RGL scheme will enable cross-border travels for essential business and official purposes between both countries. 

"Eligible travellers will have to abide by prevailing COVID-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed upon by both countries, including undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests," said the report. 

Travellers will also have to submit a controlled itinerary to the relevant authorities of the receiving country and adhere to it during to their visit, added the report. 

The PCA scheme, meanwhile, will allow both Malaysia and Singapore residents, who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in the other country, to enter the said country for work. 

Such residents can spend up to three months in their country of work, and return to their home country for a brief break, before returning to their country of work for another three consecutive months. 

Travellers under this scheme will also have to abide by strict COVID-19 prevention and public health measures. 

The requirements, health protocols, and application process for the RGL and PCA will be published 10 days prior to their impementation, the joint statement said. 

Both the countries are also planning to develop a daily cross-border commuting proposal for work purposes, involving travellers from both sides. 

It was reported back in June that some 20,000 Malaysians have been quarantined in Singapore, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An estimated 250,000 people reportedly travel between the two countries daily.

Source: New Straits Times
Photo source: Astro Awani

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