by AZREEN HANI / pic by BLOOMBERG
FROM April 1, 2022, for travel across the land border between Singapore and Malaysia, both countries will allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter without the need to undergo quarantine or testing, including pre-departure and on-arrival tests.
This will apply to all categories of travellers and modes of transport via the land border, Malaysian and Singaporean prime ministers (PMs) said in a joint statement yesterday.
“As Malaysia reopens our borders to international travellers starting 1 April 2022, we will achieve another significant milestone in facilitating cross-border travel with our immediate neighbour, Singapore.
“Today’s announcement reflects the long-standing relations and multifaceted cooperation as well as strong people-to-people ties between the two countries,” PM Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in the statement.
“This will certainly contribute to the recovery efforts with positive impacts on the economies and livelihood of the peoples of both countries.”
The statement added that both Ismail Sabri and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, spoke in a phone conversation yesterday.
“Singapore and Malaysia enjoy deep, warm and multi-faceted relations, as well as strong people-to-people ties. Today’s announcement is a significant milestone in our transition towards living with Covid-19. It reflects the strong collaboration both sides have enjoyed throughout the pandemic and will help both countries emerge stronger from this crisis,” Lee said.
The PMs recognise the good progress that both countries have made in vaccinating their respective populations and managing the Covid-19 pandemic, and note the progress made in resuming cross-border travel through the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) via air and land.
As Singapore and Malaysia transition to living with the pandemic, the statement said both PMs have agreed that it is timely to further reopen the land border.