1 April is shaping up to be a momentous date for both Malaysia and Singapore.
Not only will Malaysia and Singapore reopen their respective borders to the world, the date will also mark the reopening of land borders between both countries.
Come 1 April, fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel between Singapore and Malaysia without quarantine and testing requirements, including pre-departure and on-arrival tests.
Fully vaccinated travellers may cross the borders by any means of transport — cars, motorcycles, or on foot.
The two countries are also incrementally reinstating other modes of transport like its cross-border public bus services.
Previously, land travel between Singapore and Malaysia was only permitted on designated vaccinated travel bus services.
In a joint statement on Thursday, 24 March, prime ministers Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob noted the "good progress" that both countries have made in vaccinating their respective populations and managing the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Today’s announcement is a significant milestone in our transition towards living with Covid-19”, both leaders stated.
The easing of border restrictions is welcomed by the trade. Kwee Wei-Lin, president of the Singapore Hotel Association, who said, "By fully reopening our borders to all vaccinated travellers, we are now in a strong position to promote Singapore as Asia’s preferred travel destination. The greater ease of travel, reduced testing requirements and removal of daily visitor quotas will help to increase our visitor traffic exponentially."
What to know about travel between Singapore and Malaysia from 1 April
The following are the upcoming land travel protocols between Singapore and Malaysia beginning 1 April:
- Only fully vaccinated travellers above the age of 12, and non-vaccinated children below the age of 12 are permitted to cross borders.
- Travellers must have valid travel documents, such as their passports and Vehicle Entry Permits (VEP)2 before arrival at the Checkpoints, if not, they will be turned back.
- Travellers can also use the Vaccination Check Portal on the SafeTravel website to submit their 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
- Fully vaccinated travellers and non-vaccinated children below the age of 12 no longer need to take a pre-departure test (PDT) and unsupervised self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) after arriving in Singapore, nor serve a Stay-Home Notice (SHN). This applies to fully vaccinated Malaysian cargo delivery personnel as well.