COVID: Cross-border bus services between Singapore, Malaysia to resume on 1 May

·Editorial Team
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Causeway linking Singapore and Malaysia.
Causeway linking Singapore and Malaysia. (PHOTO: Xinhua via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Cross-border bus services between Singapore and Malaysia will resume from 1 May, following the reopening of the land borders for fully-vaccinated travellers between the two countries.

Starting next month, Singapore bus operators will reinstate cross-border bus services between Singapore and Johor Bahru, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a media release on Friday (22 April).

These include Services 160, 170, and 170X operated by SBS Transit; Service 950 operated by SMRT Buses; and Services TS1, TS3, TS6, and TS8 operated by Transtar Travel.

The operating hours of Services 160, 170, 170X, and 950 will be the same as pre-COVID, with these services operating between 5.20am and 12.30am.

The frequency of the bus services will also be similar. Services 160, 170, and 950 will operate at intervals of up to 20 minutes during peak hours and intervals of up to 25 minutes during off-peak hours, while Service 170X will operate at intervals of up to 9 minutes during peak hours and up to 17 minutes during off-peak hours.

Commuters can also check LTA’s MyTransport.SG app or operators’ websites for bus operating hours and arrival timings.

Cross-border taxi operations will also resume from 1 May. Commuters travelling to Johor can either board a taxi at the Queen Street taxi terminal or book one through taxi companies with licensed cross-border taxi drivers.

With the resumption of cross-border bus services, the existing Vaccinated Travel Bus Services operated by Transtar Travel and Handal Indah will cease on 1 May.

Removal of pre-departure test rule

Meanwhile, all fully vaccinated travellers and non-fully vaccinated children aged 12 and below arriving from Tuesday via air or sea checkpoints, will no longer need to take a pre-departure test (PDT) before departing for Singapore.

With this move, it will mean that fully vaccinated and well travellers will not require any tests to enter Singapore.

In addition, from 1 May, fully vaccinated non-Malaysian work permit holders no longer need to apply for entry approvals to enter Singapore.

The authorities had previously launched the Vaccinated Travel Framework, which allowed all fully vaccinated travellers to enter Singapore without serving a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or applying for entry approvals. Fully vaccinated travellers arriving via land checkpoints are also not required to take pre-departure or on-arrival COVID-19 tests.

Entry requirements for non-fully vaccinated travellers are unchanged.

All non-fully vaccinated travellers aged 13 and above who are allowed to enter Singapore are required to take a PDT within two days before departure for Singapore, undergo a seven-day SHN, and take a polymerase chain Reaction COVID-19 test at the end of their SHN period.

Non-fully vaccinated long-term pass holders (LTPHs) and short-term visitors aged 13 and above are not allowed to enter Singapore, with some exceptions.

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