The foreign ministers of Malaysia and Singapore have announced that the two countries are targeting to resume cross-border travel Aug. 10 for some categories of employees.

Key Points:

  • The commuting arrangement will apply to long-term pass holders and those traveling on essential or official business.
  • Those eligible to use the green lane must submit a “controlled itinerary” to the receiving country and will be subject to a COVID-19 swab test.
  • After working at least three consecutive months in the country where they are employed, long-term pass holders may return to their home country on short-term leave, and then re-enter their country of employment to resume work for at least another three consecutive months.

Additional information: Singapore implemented a similar “fast-lane” travel arrangement with China in June. Officials of both countries are working out the details of the cross-border travel arrangement and will publish information on the requirements and application process for entry and exit into Malaysia and Singapore 10 days before the Aug. 10 start date.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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