Cross Border Travel: Can Singaporeans Travel To Malaysia Now?


Cheng Sim •  May 04, 2021

[Updated 5 May 2021]

Cross border travel between Singapore and Malaysia may not be on the cards right now, but if there's one thing we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is how much we miss travelling to Malaysia. While we're waiting for international borders to reopen for leisure travel,  you might be wondering, "Can Singaporeans travel to Malaysia now?" and here's everything we know about the status of Singapore and Malaysia travel borders so far!

Can Singaporeans travel to Malaysia now? 

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

While it may be a while before we can safely travel to Malaysia again, you might asked whether Singaporeans can enter Malaysia now. In May 2021, Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Malaysia's Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein have announced that cross border travel between Singapore and Malaysia is allowed for compassionate reasons or death and critically ill emergency visits. 

As reported by CNA, you can look forward to more details on procedures as well as entry and quarantine requirements from 17 May 2021 onwards. The updates will be released by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) and Department of Immigration of Malaysia. However, leisure travel between Singapore and Malaysia are still not allowed.

We hope this article provides the clarity you need on the cross border travel between Singapore and Malaysia. While there's still so much uncertainty on when we can visit Malaysia again but let's remain optimistic about our future travels to Malaysia and the rest of the world.