Last week, the Prime Ministers of Malaysia and
Singapore discussed the gradual and phased resumption of
cross-border travel between their respective contries.
During their discussion, Singapore’s Prime
Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tan Sri
Muhyiddin Yassin agreed to establish a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL)
and a Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) to address the needs of
different groups of cross-border travellers.
The RGL will facilitate cross-border travel for
essential business and official purposes between both countries.
Travellers would have to adhere to a set of COVID19 prevention and
public health measures, which are under discussion and will have
to be mutually agreed upon by both countries.
The PCA will allow Singapore and Malaysia
residents who hold long-term immigration passes for business and
work purposes in the other country to periodically return to their
home countries for short-term home leave. They will be able to
return home for leave after spending at least three consecutive
months in their country of work, and they will be allowed to
re-enter their country of work after their home leave.
Work on the operational details of the RGL and PCA
are still ongoing.