It has been nearly two years since the land borders between Singapore and Malaysia were shut in a bid to contain COVID-19.
That is all set to change come 1 April 2022, when the borders finally reopen to general traffic.
As part of a slew of further reopening measures announced today (24 March 2022), the Government has announced that land travel between Singapore and Malaysia will be open to all fully-vaccinated travellers from 1 April 2022.
There will be no requirement for individuals to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine upon arrival in Malaysia or Singapore. Non fully-vaccinated children below 12 years of age will also be allowed to travel between the two countries.
Although the land border with Malaysia was previously reopened to some degree in November 2021, the land VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) then was only reserved for travellers who were citizens, permanent residents on long-term pass holders of the country they were entering.
Pre-departure tests – with negative results – were also mandatory at that point.
Today’s announcement, however, is a step back towards pre-COVID times, as even non-residents or people not travelling for employment can now drive between Singapore and Malaysia.
As driving and riding in are once again allowed, those weekend trips to JB will again be possible. Cross-border bus services are also set to resume.
However, MTI (Ministry of Trade and Industry) reminded motorists not to rush to travel if there is no urgent need to. Priority remains for the smooth travel of those with essential needs, such as those travelling for work purposes or reunite with families.
LTA is also reminding travellers who are planning to enter Singapore that foreign vehicles must obtain a valid Vehicle Entry Permit before driving in.
Applications for the permit are now open and can be submitted online.
The LTA has also reminded travellers entering Singapore that foreign vehicles need to obtain a valid Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) before driving in. Applications for the permit are now open, and can be done online.