According to a press statement from Singapore and Malaysia foreign affairs ministry’s, they have agreed to open green lane for cross-border travel between the two countries.
Singapore minister for foreign affairs Vivian Balakishnan and Malaysian counterpart Hishammuddin Hussein released the statement saying, they have agreed to implement what they call ‘Reciprocal Green lane(RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA)’ the RGL allows cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes, but will observe the covid-19 preventive guidlines and also present a polymerse chain reaction swab test.
The statement further read that travelers must submit to the authorities of the receiving country a ‘Controlled Itinerary and adhere to the Itinerary controls during the period of visit’.
While PCA allows Singapore and Malaysia residents, who hold long-term immigration passes for business or work purposes in the other country, and travelers who enters for work purposes must work consecutively in that country for three months before being allowed to return home for short-term leave.
The officials in Malaysia and Singapore are working expeditiously toward the targeted implementation of RGL and PCA by August 10, 2020. This will give the opportunity for the relevant agencies of both governments to continue their consultation to finalise the standard operating procedures of the two initiatives.
Both sides said health protocols and the application process will be published 10 days before the implementation date.