Now Open for Applications: Singapore Malaysia Cross-Border Travel

Applications Open for Singapore and Malaysia Cross-Border Travel on Compassionate Grounds

Find out if you or your family are eligible for these special trips.

Applications are now open for those residing in Singapore or Malaysia to cross borders on compassionate grounds. While both countries have officially begun accepting applications, cross-border travel on compassionate grounds will only start next Monday, 17 May 2021. 

Also read: Johor Hopeful Talks to Reopen Singapore-Malaysia Border Will Resume

What falls under compassionate grounds?

Residents of both countries may apply for Singapore and Malaysia cross-border travel if a family member is severely ill or has passed on. For each specific case, only two visitors are allowed to cross the border. 

Singapore and Malaysia cross-border travel application process

Singapore residents wishing to travel to Malaysia will need to submit a form on the Department of Immigration of Malaysia’s website. Malaysia residents will need to do so on the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Singapore website

Documents needed include proof of death of a family member, a doctor’s letter for gravely ill family members, familial records, as well as a copy of one’s passport biodata page.

COVID-19 tests will also need to be carried out, including a stay-home notice for travellers to Singapore. 

Strong bilateral ties between Singapore and Malaysia

The move is the latest effort by both countries in maintaining a solid relationship amidst the pandemic. 

“This is a scheme which is needed because of the extensive ties of kinship between Malaysia and Singapore,” said Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. “Bearing in mind this very special and close relationship between the people of Singapore and the people of Malaysia, it is necessary to have schemes like this.”

Singapore and Malaysia have also continued discussions regarding the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and the Periodic Commuting Arrangements (PCA). These arrangements will allow for short-term home leave, business and official travel.

The air travel bubble is still under negotiation between Singapore and Malaysia’s transport ministries. In the meantime, necessities such as food and medications will continue to be transported between both countries.

Also read: Malaysians with Singapore PR Can Return for Leave Under PCA Scheme

Here’s hoping that the COVID-19 situation will improve in both countries so normal cross-border travel can resume soon.


Feature image credit: Lionel Lim | Flickr

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