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Singapore Looking To Gradually Reopen Borders With Malaysia

Singapore Looking To Gradually Reopen Borders With Malaysia

Hakim Hassan

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Singapore will take a cautious approach in allowing for cross border travel with Malaysia as the city state is looking to employ preventive measures such as contact tracing and Covid-19 tests.

The country’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said the borders would likely to be opened gradually to reduce infection risks.

I do not see it possible to have a big bang complete, no holds barred, no restrictions, no tests (approach) ― I think that would be unwise. But we can open up in steps, have the appropriate measures to test people, contact trace people because when you open up, your risk (of infection) will inevitably increase.

Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan via Malay Mail

Malaysia has recently eased restrictions on its borders to allow for those in Singapore and Brunei to travel into the country.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said nationals from both of these countries won’t need to undergo the mandatory Covid-19 screening and 14-day quarantine upon arrival but is only limited to Singaporeans and Bruneians who are currently residing in their home countries.

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