Singapore, Malaysia to begin cross-border travel scheme for death-related, critically ill emergency visits from May 17


A cross-border travel scheme facilitating trips between Malaysia and เล่น slotxo ผ่านเว็บ Singapore for compassionate reasons such as death and visits to loved ones who are critically ill is set to kick off on May 17.

This was confirmed in a joint statement on Sunday (May 2) by Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan and his Malaysian counterpart Hishammuddin Hussein, following the latter’s two-day official visit to Singapore.

The two ministers agreed during the visit to work towards the resumption of essential cross-border travel in a gradual and safe manner, the statement said.

“To this end, the two Ministers agreed on the procedures and entry requirements for death and critically ill emergency visits between Singapore and Malaysia. This agreement provides a framework to facilitate travel between the two countries for compassionate and emergency reasons,” both ministers said.

“Details of the procedures and entry requirements will be released by the respective authorities of each country, namely the Department of Immigration of Malaysia and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA). The arrangement will be implemented from May 17 onwards,” they added.

Speaking after their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore on Sunday, Dr Balakrishnan said that the scheme is “really needed because of the extensive ties of kinship between Malaysia and Singapore”.

“Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties, cousins, and when family crisis occurs, people want to get together, and therefore, bearing in mind this very special close relationship between the people of Singapore and the people of Malaysia, it is necessary to have schemes like this,” said Dr Balakrishnan.

“We announce further details on the types of tests and quarantine arrangements that will be necessary in order to operationalise this scheme,” he added.

PM MUHYIDDIN’S VISIT TO SINGAPORE POSTPONED: HISHAMMUDDIN

Mr Hishammuddin also highlighted that initial plans for Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to undertake an official visit to Singapore on Monday have been postponed.

He outlined two reasons for this – that Mr Muhyiddin’s current focus is on addressing the rising COVID-19 cases in Malaysia and that given the present situation, it was not the “right environment” for both Muhyiddin and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to discuss resumption of cross-border travel on a larger scale.