Cross Border Travel: Can Malaysians Travel To Singapore Now?


Cheng Sim •  May 04, 2021

[Updated 5 May 2021]

While the Malaysia and Singapore borders remain closed until both countries have successfully tide over the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be wondering, "Can Malaysians travel to Singapore now?". For Malaysians with families living in Singapore or an employment opportunity waiting across the Straits of Johor, the question remains and we're here to provide clarity about the status of Malaysia and Singapore borders.

Can Malaysians travel to Singapore now? 

In August 2020, Singapore and Malaysia established the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) that allows Malaysian and Singaporean travellers to cross the borders for business and official purposes. However, it was temporarily suspended in January 2021 due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia.

While Malaysia is still persevering through the pandemic, you might wondering whether Malaysians can enter Singapore now? In May 2021, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan have announced that cross border travel between Malaysia and Singapore is allowed for compassionate reasons or death and critically ill emergency visits. 

According to CNA, more details on the procedures and entry requirements will be announced on 17 May 2021 by Department of Immigration of Malaysia and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA). It'll also include the type of tests and quarantine requirements that must be taken by travellers from both countries. At the time of writing, leisure travel between Malaysia and Singapore are still not allowed.

We hope this article answers the question you might have about the cross border travel between Malaysia and Singapore. While we wait for the situation to get better, let's stand together and continue our battle against COVID-19 pandemic.