Malaysia-Singapore Land Border To Reopen On April 1

Here’s the update thus far
By: agnes
March 29, 2022

The Malaysia-Singapore border is reopening on 1 April 2022, which allows fully vaccinated adults to travel without quarantine. In addition, non-vaccinated children below age 12 will also be allowed to travel with a fully vaccinated adult companion. As of now, travellers are only allowed to travel via the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL). These VTL buses or flight tickets have a limited quota on them, which is why many are unable to travel back home. With the Malaysia-Singapore border reopening on April 1, the quota is lifted and travellers are able to travel via land even on private vehicles. 

What You Should Know About The Malaysia Singapore Border Reopening

Before Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s announcement on March 8, you are actually allowed to travel to Singapore and back. However, you could only travel via the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) on land and air, which sells a certain amount of tickets. Understandably, the tickets sell out quick, leaving many families stranded in Singapore. Therefore, with this recent announcement and the upcoming Hari Raya festivities, Malaysian families will be able to reunite during the celebration. 

According to a tweet by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, he’s working immediately towards the full resumption of land and air travel between Malaysia and Singapore for fully vaccinated individuals. He also had a discussion with Health Minister Ong Ye Kung of Singapore, who was on a 3-day working visa in Malaysia. ​​

Travelling To Malaysia Checklist

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Those who wish to travel to Malaysia must firstly download the MySejahtera app, which is a tracking app that helps to check into places throughout the country. Then, you will need to complete a pre-departure travel form before leaving Singapore. Previously, a MyTravelPass is required but will no longer be needed for international travellers. In fact, it will slowly be phased down. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has mentioned that masks will still be mandatory throughout the travel transition. Additionally, travellers will need to take a supervised RTK test within 24 hours of arriving in Malaysia. Lastly, quarantine periods will be required for travellers who are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated at all. 

Singapore Travel Requirements

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As for those looking to travel to Singapore, the borders are open for fully vaccinated travellers. Non-fully vaccinated children aged 12 and below are also allowed to enter with the companionship of a fully vaccinated adult. This rule will be applicable for everyone travelling from Malaysia via private vehicles. Furthermore, those who are travelling from VTL buses will also follow these new rules. Previously, you would need entry approvals and stay-home notices when entering Singapore. However, this will no longer be needed from April 1 onwards. All you will need are valid travel documents, your digital vaccination certificate and complete your SG Arrival Card. You should also submit your digital vaccination certificate to the Safetravel website

Malaysia To Reopen Borders For International Travels

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As Malaysia moves towards the endemic phase of COVID-19, borders for international travel are also in the works of reopening on April 1. According to The Star, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob mentions that borders are expected to reopen this April. However, those looking to travel overseas will need to undergo a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test 2 days before departure. Furthermore, they will need to undergo a Rapid Test Kit (RTK) upon arriving back in Malaysia. 

In addition, Malay Mail has reported that discussions to reopen Malaysia-Thailand borders are in the works. According to the article, land borders to Thailand may reopen as soon as May 1. With these reopenings, it is hopeful that the Malaysian economy will continue to thrive through tourism. Not to mention, we’re super excited to travel via flights again after so long!

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