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Yes, that means that you can now drive into Malaysia freely in a car or motorbike

This story was first published on November 8, 2021, and updated on March 24, 2022.

Cross border travel is officially back on the agenda with the announcement that from April 1, all fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel across the land border between both countries quarantine-free and without the need for Covid-19 tests. This will apply to all forms of transport including cars and motorbikes.

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In a joint statement on March 24, Prime Ministers Lee Hsien Loong and Ismail Sabri Yaakob said it was “timely” to further reopen the land border as both countries transition to living with Covid-19

The leaders added that both Singapore and Malaysia were doing well in vaccinating their respective populations and managing the pandemic. 

The statement came out shortly after the two leaders spoke on the phone on Thursday. 

“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,” said Prime Minister Ismail Sabri.

“Today’s announcement reflects the long-standing relations and multifaceted cooperation as well as strong people-to-people ties between the two countries. This will certainly contribute to the recovery efforts with positive impacts on the economies and livelihood of the peoples of both countries,” he continued.

The news comes shortly after Singapore announced that it would be finally reopening its borders to all fully-vaccinated travellers and that it would do away with all existing vaccinated travel lanes (VTL) and unilateral opening arrangements from April 1, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

This means that now, travellers no longer need to apply for entry approvals or take designated VTL transport to enter Singapore quarantine-free. The quota on the number of daily arrivals will also be lifted. 

The news is certainly welcome for the many Malaysians and Singaporeans with family and friends in either country. Until now, travel between Singapore and Malaysia has been facilitated through a VTL between the countries. Travellers could only enter either country through a designated bus service or by flying in or out. 


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