Measures for Singapore-Malaysia travel include minimum 7-day stay-home notice, COVID-19 test


Singapore: Malaysian citizens and permanent residents with Singapore work passes who are eligible to enter Singapore under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) must provide a minimum 7-day home notice and undergo a COVID-19 swab test.

The measures were detailed on the website of Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Saturday (Aug 1), after the two countries agreed on Aug 10 to open applications for cross-border travel.

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The PCA will allow residents of Singapore and Malaysia on long-term immigration passes to enter and work in the other country for business and work purposes.

They must spend at least 90 days in the destination country before returning home for leave.

Under this arrangement, travelers can only enter and exit through two land checkpoints – Woodlands or Tuas.

PCA applications open from noon on August 10, and employers must submit applications on behalf of their workers at least seven days before workers enter the country.

Another cross-border travel scheme – the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) – is available for short-term travel of up to 14 days for essential business and official travel.

The ICA said on its website that RGL passengers must apply for a Safe Travel Pass before commencing their journey. This must be sponsored by a Singapore company or government agency.

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For those admitted to Singapore under the PCA, they must provide a minimum seven-day stay-home notice, the ICA website said.

Currently, all travelers entering Singapore are subject to a 14-day stay-at-home notice.

The ICA said that a stay-at-home notice under the PCA must be served in a hotel, serviced apartment or single-occupancy residence.

“Groups of up to four are allowed as long as the employees arrive in Singapore on the same day and are under the same PCA application,” it added.

After clearing immigration in Singapore, these travelers must take personal transport, private buses that carry only Malaysian passengers subject to SHN, or take taxis and private hire cars directly from the checkpoint to their declared SHN residences.

They are not allowed to travel on public trains or buses.

Employees are only allowed to start work and use public transportation after testing negative for COVID-19.

The employer or employee will bear the cost of swab testing and accommodation while at home.

More details on PCA can be found here.

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In addition to passing through land checkpoints, passengers under the RGL can also shuttle between airports in Singapore and Malaysia, which have direct flights.

Travelers must take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure and obtain proof of a negative test result from an accredited laboratory. This proof must be presented in the country of arrival.

Another swab test will be performed upon arrival and travelers must remain in their declared accommodation until a negative result is announced.

When they are declared free of COVID-19, travelers can continue on pre-declared controlled itineraries.

“The host company or government agency is responsible for monitoring travelers’ adherence to the controlled itinerary,” the ICA said.

Travelers without a valid SafeTravel Pass will be refused entry into Singapore.

More details on RGL can be found here.

Before the COVID-19 restrictions, more than 300,000 people crossed the Causeway every day, making it one of the busiest land border crossings in the region.

Singapore and Malaysia have been discussing resuming some travel as the two sides gradually reopen their economies.

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