Singapore and Malaysia Agree to Cross-Border Travel; Targeted to Resume on 10 August 2020
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In a Joint Press Statement issued by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Singapore and Malaysia, cross-border travel for two categories of travellers are targeted to resume by 10 August 2020, pending the finalising of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
In our previous article, we reported that travel for cross-border workers, business-owners, and officials may resume as soon as early August.
In today's Joint Press Statement on 14 July 2020, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, and the Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein have elaborated on the implementing of the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA).
According to the Press Statement, "The RGL will enable cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes between both countries. Eligible travellers will have to abide by the prevailing COVID-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed upon by both countries which include undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests. Travellers will also be expected to submit to the relevant authorities of the receiving country a controlled itinerary and adhere to this controlled itinerary during their visit".
The PCA will also allow residents from either side of the Causeway who hold long-term work and business immigration passes to return to their home country for a short-term home leave after three consecutive months of work, and return to their country of work to work for at least three consecutive months as well.
The RGL and PCA is expected to come into effect on 10 August, so as to allow officials in both countries to have sufficient time to establish SOPs.
The governments of Singapore and Malaysia have also agreed to make other arrangements for daily commute across the Causeway for work purposes.
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