Malaysians with Singapore PR Can Return for Leave Under PCA Scheme

Malaysians with Singapore PR Can Return for Leave Under PCA Scheme

Just in time for the Chinese New Year festivities!
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Malaysians who hold Singaporean permanent resident (PR) statuses will now be able to return home on short-term leave. As of Monday, 11 January, they will be eligible for the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA). Under the PCA scheme, Malaysians will be able to return to Malaysia for a short time after working in Singapore for at least 90 days. For Malaysians, the PCA scheme cannot come at a better time.

Good news in time for the festive season

This news of Malaysians applying for the PCA scheme comes just in time before the Lunar New Year festivities kicks in. This is the time when many Malaysians working here usually head home to celebrate with their families, so the news would be welcomed by many in both countries.

Prior to the expansion of the scheme, Malaysians who are PRs working here would have to be sponsored by their employers to qualify for the PCA scheme. The scheme was also open only to Singaporeans and Malaysians who hold long-term immigration passes in the other country.

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What PCA travellers can expect

Set up on 10 August 2020, the PCA is a travel lane that allows for bilateral travel arrangements between the two neighbours. With its expansion, several rules would have to be observed by applicants.

Entering Malaysia

PCA travellers entering the country will have to serve a seven-day Home Surveillance Order and undergo a COVID-19 test.

Upon return to Singapore

All PCA travellers, except for Singapore PRs, arriving in Singapore must take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction test within 72 hours before departure.

Travellers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result in English from recognised or accredited laboratories in Malaysia.

After entering Singapore, all PCA travellers, including Singapore PRs, have to serve a 14-day stay-home notice at a dedicated facility. They will also have to clear another COVID-19 swab test before they can leave the facility.

While in Singapore, they must abide by local public health requirements and safe distancing measures, and use the necessary mobile apps such as TraceTogether.

For more information on the PCA scheme, visit ICA’s website or Malaysia’s immigration website

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