Starting April 1, fully vaccinated travellers can commute between Malaysia and Singapore via the land border, without any Covid-19 testing or quarantine requirements.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, announced this decision in a joint statement today following a telephone conversation between them.
“The prime ministers recognise the good progress that both countries have made in vaccinating their respective populations and managing the Covid-19 pandemic, and noted the progress made in resuming cross-border travel through the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (by air and land).
“As Singapore and Malaysia transition to living with Covid-19, both prime ministers have agreed that it is timely to reopen the land border.
“From April 1, 2022, for travel across the land border between Singapore and Malaysia, both countries will allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter without the need to undergo quarantine or testing, including pre-departure and on-arrival tests.
“This will apply to all categories of travellers and modes of transport via the land border,” read the statement.
Ismail Sabri said the decision would contribute to recovery efforts with positive impacts on the economies and livelihoods of the peoples of both countries.
“As Malaysia reopens our borders to international travellers starting April 1, 2022, we will achieve another significant milestone in facilitating cross border travel with our immediate neighbour, Singapore.
“Today’s announcement reflects the long-standing relations and multifaceted cooperation, as well as strong people-to-people ties between the two countries,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lee hailed the land border reopening as a significant milestone in the transition of both countries to co-existing with Covid-19.
“It reflects the strong collaboration both sides have enjoyed throughout the pandemic and it will help both countries emerge stronger from this crisis,” he added.
Earlier, Lee also announced that from March 29, wearing masks while outdoors in Singapore will become optional, and group size restrictions for social gatherings will be doubled from five to 10 people.