Singapore and Malaysia Travel Requirements & Restrictions

How to Travel to Malaysia From Singapore Starting May 2022

Who's ready for a cross-border food trip?

Starting 1 Apr 2022, the borders between Malaysia and Singapore are fully open! However, before you travel to Malaysia or Singapore, there are still certain SOPs to take note of.

Travelling to Malaysia from Singapore

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Starting 1 Apr 2022, you can travel quarantine-free to Malaysia on any flight as long as you are fully vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated or have not received the required doses to be considered fully vaccinated, you will have to quarantine for five days upon arrival. However, certain SOPs remain:

1. Starting May 1, fully vaccinated travellers heading to Malaysia will no longer need to take any pre-departure or on-arrival COVID tests. 

2. However, you must download and register your profile on the MySejahtera mobile app. Before travelling to Malaysia, you must complete and submit a traveller form via the Traveller icon on the app.

3. If you’re partially or not vaccinated, you will need to purchase mandatory travel insurance with minimum coverage of US$20,000. You will also be subject to pre-departure testing. If you are above 18 years old, you will need to undergo five days of quarantine.

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COVID restrictions in Malaysia

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Starting 1 May 2022, mask wearing becomes optional when in outdoor areas. However, it is still required when indoors. Note that certain attractions and/or facilities may also have a cap on the maximum number of visitors allowed. Checking in using the MySejahtera app will also be removed. However, as a traveller, you will still need it for immigration purposes. 

Also read: Where to Travel in Malaysia: Top Destinations from Every State in The Country

Travelling to Singapore from Malaysia

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Starting 1 Apr 2022, Singapore will transition from VTLs to a more generalised Vaccinated Travel Framework. As long as you have not spent time in a country listed as “Restricted” seven days prior to arrival, you can enter Singapore quarantine-free. At the moment, there are no such countries on that list. 

Under the new travel arrangements, all fully vaccinated travellers can enter Singapore without quarantine and without needing designated VTL flights. If you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, you will be served a seven-day Stay Home Notice (SHN).

Starting 26 Apr 2022, those travelling to Singapore from Malaysia will no longer need to undergo pre-departure testing (PDT) or on-arrival testing regardless of whether they’re arriving by land, sea, or air.

However, travellers must make sure to complete and submit their SG Arrival Card three days before departure, and download the TraceTogether app.

Local travel restrictions in Singapore

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During your stay in Singapore, you will have to adhere to the prevailing public health measures at all times. Find out more about Singapore’s latest COVID restrictions here.

However, one point to note is that starting 1 Apr 2022, face masks in public outdoor settings are now optional. That said, it might be a good idea, for the sake of convenience, to always have one on you when you head out. That’s because you will still need to wear them in indoor spaces. 

Also read: 10 Uniquely Fun Activities in Singapore That Are Totally Off the Beaten Path

In addition, you will have to keep your TraceTogether app updated on a regular basis for contact tracing purposes. Visitors who use the TraceTogether token must carry their own tokens with them wherever they go. 

Before departing for Malaysia, visitors must return their own TraceTogether tokens in-person at the designated TraceTogether token return booths/counters.

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Darren Yeoh
Darren Yeoh

Darren enjoys the finer things in life and loves exploring unfamiliar places on foot, guided with nothing but instinct and a good-old fashioned map. He enjoys cultural experiences and exciting adventures and is not a stranger to travelling alone. When he's not putting his travel experiences into words, he's probably sitting behind his laptop, planning his upcoming adventure.