Reunited! Singaporeans and Malaysians stream across reopened land border

At left, traffic cam footage of the jam this morning at Woodlands causeway, a herd of motorbikes entering the country, at right. Photos: Jalanow, @Nanmanjoi8715/Twitter
At left, traffic cam footage of the jam this morning at Woodlands causeway, a herd of motorbikes entering the country, at right. Photos: Jalanow, @Nanmanjoi8715/Twitter

It’s not a joke, the Singapore-Malaysia land border have finally reopened.

After two long years of being unable to reunite with neighbors in Malaysia, thousands have flocked by car, motorbike and foot across the reopened border at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints once the clock struck midnight. 

An endless stream of travelers in cars and motorbikes drove across while honking in glee, cheering and waving. The people who marched in by foot were also ecstatic, with some even running into the immigration checkpoint to avoid queuing for long. 

Traffic cams showed a massive jam at Woodlands causeway at around 12:11am that had cleared up hours later.

The borders had been closed for over two years, since March 2020.

Fully vaccinated travelers, and accompanied unvaccinated children under 12 can now freely travel between both countries without having to test or quarantine. 

While there is no cap on the number of daily travelers, they have to produce valid passports and vehicle permits at the checkpoints. They also have to submit their personal information, health declaration, and vaccination status online prior to travel.

The Malaysian government on Wednesday announced that toll charges for all vehicles entering the country will be waived for a week starting today. 

Johor Bahru bus operator Causeway Link last night announced that shuttle bus service from Woodlands is also available from today.

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