DestinationsResidents who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in both countries will be allowed to cross borders

Singapore, Malaysia set up 'green lane' for cross-border travel

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Singapore, Malaysia agree to allow cross-border travel for some residents and business travellers. Credit: Kinsei-TGS/Getty Images
Singapore, Malaysia agree to allow cross-border travel for some residents and business travellers. Credit: Kinsei-TGS/Getty Images

Cross-border travel between Singapore and Malaysia for essential business and official purposes will soon be permitted.

The announcement came after Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke last Friday with Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to discuss the gradual and phased resumption of cross-border travel between the two countries.

Both countries will establish a Reciprocal Green Lane and a Periodic Commuting Arrangement to address the needs of different groups of cross-border travellers, according to the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

"The Periodic Commuting Arrangement will allow Singapore and Malaysia residents who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in the other country to periodically return to their home countries for short-term home leave," the Singapore MFA said in a statement.

"They will be able to return home for leave after spending at least three consecutive months in their country of work, and they will be allowed to re-enter their country of work after their home leave."

MFA said both leaders agreed that any bilateral arrangement would have to include mutually agreed public health protocols, to preserve the public health and safety of citizens on both sides, while taking into account the medical resources available in both countries.

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