Malaysia-Singapore Borders to Restart

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Fist bumps – unique discussion between MOFA Malaysia and Singapore taking place at the Causeway borders

On 17th August 2020, the cross-border travel between Malaysia and Singapore is expected to restart after both the countries have finalised on the SOPs for the implementation of the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) travel schemes.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein who was with Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Vivian Balakrishnan at the Causeway borders said Malaysians who are eligible for the two schemes can submit their applications to the Immigration Department beginning 10th August.

The RGL scheme would enable cross-border travels for essential business and official purposes between both countries while the PCA scheme would allow residents of both Singapore and Malaysia with long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in the other country, to enter either country for work.

Hishammuddin said for the two other schemes proposed, namely for those who commute daily to Singapore for work (Category 3) and the total opening of the border (Category 4), both governments were still fine tuning various details before implementing them as COVID-19 is still prevalent.

If RGL and PCA is successful with everyone adhering to the SOPs strictly, then both the countries may implement Category 3 and 4,” concluded Hishammuddin.