All public transport services between Malaysia and Singapore were allowed to resume on April 1, says Dr Wee
PETALING JAYA: Public transport between Malaysia and Singapore will resume services on April 1 when the two countries open their land borders to all travellers, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The transport minister said this applies to all forms of cross-border public transport, including stage buses, express buses, tourist buses, worker buses and taxis.
“In line with the opening of the land border between Malaysia and Singapore from April 1, all classes of cross-border public transport vehicle services between the two countries will also be allowed to operate from the same date.
“As of April 1, 2022, the two countries will allow all travelers who have been fully vaccinated to cross the land border without having to undergo quarantine or undergo Covid-19 tests, including pre-departure tests. and upon arrival.
“This authorization applies to all categories of travelers and to the use of all types of land transport.
“Therefore, all public transport operators in the affected countries can start preparing for the restart of their operations, including the renewal of all relevant permits or licenses, either with the Department of Road Transport (JPJ), the Agency Public Land Transport (APAD) or with the Singapore authorities,” Dr Wee said in a statement.
Dr Wee said, however, that the resumption of transport service depended on the preparation of the operators involved.
“The public can check with the relevant operators on the operational status of the cross-border services that will be provided,” the minister said.
Dr Wee also reminded all cross-border public transport operators to adhere to existing Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).
This includes ensuring all passengers undergo QR code check-ins and also turning away travelers who refuse to wear face masks.
“Travelers are responsible for ensuring they have the MySejahtera app on their smartphones and meet all pre-determined travel conditions.
“Failure to do so will result in action being taken against the traveler, including fines and compound penalties under applicable laws,” Dr Wee said.
For those traveling by private car in Malaysia, Dr Wee said they should remember to register and obtain their Foreign Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) at https://vep.jpj.gov .my.
Registered vehicles will receive an RFID-VEP tag which will be fitted with the Touch n Go e-wallet application for the purpose of paying the road fee and toll.
All private cars registered in Singapore must pay a road fee of RM20 per entry upon entering Malaysia through the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) checkpoints at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar and Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar.
Dr Wee said travelers driving Singapore-registered vehicles should ensure they have valid Touch n Go cards and have sufficient balance to pay their Road Charge to avoid traffic jams and delays.
“The Ministry of Transport hopes that the reopening of Malaysia-Singapore borders will not only boost the economic growth of both countries, but also strengthen our family ties and friendships between Malaysians and Singaporeans,” Dr Wee said.