Singapore-Malaysia border travel: What are the safety measures

All travellers must have documentation to show that the authorities of the visiting country had approved the trip. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Applications for cross-border travel between Singapore and Malaysia for long-term pass holders and travellers on essential business and official visits will start on Aug 10.

But those travelling under the two schemes meant for short-and long-term visits would have to abide by strict precautionary measures before, during and after their visits. Here is a look at the measures at a glance:

All Travellers

  • Obtain approval for the trip from the authorities of the destination country through applications made by employers, companies or government agencies.
  • Be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival.

Periodic Commuting Arrangement

  • This scheme is meant for longer-term visitors who are willing to remain in the destination country for at least 90 days for work.
  • Individuals are not allowed to apply for entry to Singapore under this scheme. Employers must submit the application on behalf of their employees.
  • Those arriving in Singapore under this scheme must be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival and serve a stay-home notice (SHN) of at least seven days. The SHN can be served only at hotels, serviced apartments or single-occupancy residences.
  • The employee or his employer will bear the cost of the Covid-19 swab test and the SHN stay.

Reciprocal Green Lane

  • This scheme is meant for shorter visits of up to 14 days for essential business and official travel.
  • Travellers must be hosted by a company or a government agency in the destination country, which will file for an approval letter on the visitor's behalf. Those entering Singapore must have a valid SafeTravel Pass, while those visiting Malaysia must have a MyTravelPass.
  • Travellers must undergo a Covid-19 test at accredited laboratories within 72 hours before departure and obtain a certificate showing a negative test result.
  • Travellers must undergo another Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival at the destination country.
  • Travellers will not be allowed to take public transport in the host country for the duration of the visit, except for private-hire cars, taxis or company transport.

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

For the latest updates on the coronavirus, visit here.