Malaysia and Singapore to Reopen Partially Borders to Each Other

Malaysia, Singapore, travel movements, Post-COVID, borders

Johor Bahru Skyline from the Causeway Bridge

August 10 should see the reopening of borders between Malaysia and Singapore for targeted groups of travellers. The measure has been agreed early this week by both countries. A full restoration of movements between both countries is not foreseen for the time being. 

The announcement was officialised on July 14: both ministers of foreign affairs of Malaysia and Singapore gave the green light to travel between their respective country after borders closed during three full months. Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan announced that the temptative reopening would be on August 10.

According to an official statement, the date selection of August 10 is giving to agencies involved into the reopening between both countries enough time to further define health protocols and standard operating procedures. The requirements, health protocols and application process involved for entry and exit into Malaysia and Singapore will be published 10 days before their implementation. On his facebook page, the Singapore minister of foreign affairs wrote that “Singapore and Malaysia share deep and extensive ties, and cross-border people-to-people interactions and economic exchanges are important to both countries. Through these travel arrangements, we hope to progressively and safely restore these exchanges and address the needs of different groups of travellers.”

“We are still working with our Malaysian counterparts to develop other cross-border travel schemes, including a daily commuting proposal for work purposes. However, these other schemes will take time as we have to consider the necessary public health protocols and available medical resources of both countries,” added in his facebook message Vivian Balakrishnan.

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