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Malaysia and Singapore to conditionally open borders on August 10

Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to reopen the border to selected group of travelers beginning August 10.

In a joint press statement by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and his Singaporean counterpart Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said that both governments have come to an agreement to implement the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA).

“These two schemes are meant to address the needs of different groups of cross-border travelers between both countries, ” they said in a statement.

They said that the RGL would enable cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes between both countries while the PCA would allow residents of Singapore and Malaysia who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in the other country to enter that country for work.

However, eligible travelers must 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 and would be expected to submit a controlled itinerary to the relevant authorities of the receiving country and adhere to their itinerary during their visit.

“After at least three consecutive months in their country of work, they may return to their home country for short-term home leave and thereafter re-enter their country of work to continue work for at least another three consecutive months, ” they added.

Both parties are working towards the targeted implementation of the RGL and the PCA on August 10 and this would give opportunity for the relevant agencies of both Governments to continue their consultation to finalize the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the two initiatives.

Requirements, health protocols, and application process involved for entry and exit into Malaysia and Singapore will be published 10 days prior to the implementation of the RGL and PCA to facilitate smooth cross-border flow.

Malaysia and Singapore also agreed to develop appropriate schemes for the cross-border movement of people including a daily cross-border commuting proposal for work purposes for travelers from both countries, while taking into account the required health protocols and available medical resources in both countries to ensure the safety of the citizens of both sides thus allowing both sides to progressively restore cross-border people-to-people interaction and economic exchanges.

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