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Things to Do Before Crossing the Land-Border to Johor, Malaysia (2023)

After nearly two years of travel-restrictions between Singapore and Malaysia, travelling without any requirements for PCR tests and quarantines were finally allowed for border-crossings via land from 1st April 2022.


For Singapore passport holders, there are several things to take note of:


1. Check Validity of Your Passport


Ensure your passport has not expired and has at least 6 months of validity — if you are using manual clearance. If you register for MACS 2.0 (see below) and use the auto-gates for clearance, your passport will only need at least 3 months of validity.



2. Apply for Auto-Clearance at Malaysia Checkpoints


To avoid long queues at Johor checkpoints during peak hours and weekends, it will be easier to use the new Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS 2.0). Simply submit the MDAC (Malaysia Digital Arrival Card) form online within 3 days prior to crossing the border and use the auto-gates at Malaysia checkpoints — similar to the auto-gantries at Singapore checkpoints.



NOTE: First-time users will need to submit the MDAC form and register at the manual counter before you can start using the auto-gates on subsequent entries and exits.




3. Download MyICA Mobile App


With effect from 15 April 2022, submission of the SG Arrival Card for vaccinated Singapore residents and long-term pass holders will not be required at land crossings — i.e at Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints. All other travellers will need to submit arrival cards at the checkpoints.


All travellers, including Singapore citizens, entering Singapore via air and sea will need to submit the SG Arrival Cards within 3 days of arrival in Singapore.

  • For Singapore residents, it will be more convenient to download the "MyICA Mobile" app from app stores and submit the arrival cards on returning from any overseas trips.

  • For foreign travellers, use the e-service web-link at eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard.



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