With the recent announcement regarding the reopening of borders between Singapore and Malaysia, it’s understandable that many of us are probably scurrying in excitement to draw up plans to cross the causeway.
But before you start packing your bags (or luggage), here’s what the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) wants you to know: Don’t kiasu.
Yup, MTI put out a press release yesterday (24 March) to inform Singaporeans about the new measures that will come into play, as well as what we should and should not be doing.
New Rules Regarding Travelling to Malaysia
The land borders between Singapore and Malaysia will be reopened completely for fully vaccinated travellers from 31 March, 2359 hours onwards.
Firstly, as long as you are vaccinated, or if you are an unvaccinated child who is 12 years old or younger, you will be able to enter Singapore without needing to undergo border health measures. This includes COVID-19 testing and going through quarantine.
Secondly, you also will not need to take a pre-departure test (PDT) and unsupervised self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) after arriving in Singapore, and will not need to serve a Stay-Home Notice (SHN).
This applies to fully vaccinated Malaysian cargo delivery personnel as well.
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Other than that, you will no longer need to apply for entry approvals such as Vaccinated Travel Pass when travelling between Malaysia and Singapore. You will only need to have your travel documents such as your passport and Vehicle Entry Permit (if you’re one of the lucky ones who has it) with you when you go through the Checkpoints.
If you’re coming to Singapore, you can also use the Vaccination Check Portal on the SafeTravel website to submit your digital vaccination certificates in advance.
“All travellers, including Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders, must complete their SG Arrival Card within three days before arriving at the Checkpoints,” MTI added.
Apart from travelling to Malaysia via the designated vaccinated travel bus services, you’ll also be able to drive through both Causeway and Second Link customs with private vehicles, as long as you are fully vaccinated.
MTI’s Advice to Travellers
Due to the fact that the land borders between Singapore and Malaysia have been closed for some time, “travellers should expect some traffic congestion at the Checkpoints” according to MTI.
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MTI also urged individuals “not to rush to travel if they have no urgent need to do so”, as it will allow those who have more urgent needs to travel to do so in a smoother and more efficient way.
FYI, these “urgent needs” include needing to travel for employment or to reunite with family members. Not to go shopping for cheaper luxury goods ah.
So don’t kiasu and let those who really need to travel do so first; we’ll all get our chance to travel to Malaysia in due time.
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