Singapore and Malaysia will be implementing the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) by August 10 to address the needs of different groups of travellers between both countries.
The RGL will enable cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes between both countries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement.
Eligible travellers will have to abide by the prevailing COVID-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed upon by both countries. This includes undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests. Travellers will also be expected to submit to the relevant authorities of the receiving country a controlled itinerary and adhere to this controlled itinerary during their visit.
Meanwhile, the PCA will allow Singapore and Malaysia residents, who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in the other country, to enter that country for work.
After at least three consecutive months in their country of work, they may return to their home country for a short-term home leave, and thereafter re-enter their country of work to continue work for at least another three consecutive months.
These travellers will also have to abide by the prevailing COVID-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed by both countries.
Malaysia and Singapore are also working on developing other appropriate schemes for the cross-border movement of people, including a daily cross-border commuting proposal for work purposes for travellers from both countries. Such arrangements will take into account the required health protocols, as well as available medical resources in both countries to ensure the safety of the citizens of both sides.