Applications open for compassionate travel between Singapore-Malaysia

Applications for travel on compassionate grounds between Singapore and Malaysia are now open, a week before the scheme starts.

From yesterday, people from either country can apply for cross-border travel to visit family members for emergency reasons such as death or critical illness.

Only two visitors per case are allowed, said the Immigration Department of Malaysia and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore.

No indication has been given as to how long the approval process will take.

Approved travellers to Singapore will be required to abide by the stipulated health measures for entry, including a stay-home notice and Covid-19 tests.

"Our officers will facilitate arrangements for the travellers to make short and safe visits to the medical facility and/or funeral, subject to the prevailing health policies governing such visits," said ICA on its website.

Applications can be made on the website through an online inquiry form.

All applicants will need to provide documents such as proof of death of the family member, a doctor's letter to support critically ill cases, documents to prove familial connection and a copy of their passport biodata pages.

Similarly, those here who want to visit family members in Malaysia have to apply online on its immigration department's website and provide such documents. They will also have to go through swab tests and may proceed with their travel arrangements if the test result is negative for Covid-19.

From last Saturday, Singapore tightened restrictions on social gatherings and events till May 30.

Yesterday, Malaysia banned all inter-state and inter-district movements without permission from the police for four weeks till June 6.

Its Health Ministry also announced yesterday that all travellers from Singapore arriving in Malaysia must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine instead of the previous 10-day period from Thursday. The Malaysian government is also suspending the Malaysia-Singapore Reciprocal Green Lane.

This article first appeared in The Straits Times.