Thousands have crossed the land borders between Singapore and Malaysia since the reopening on Friday (April 1). ST looks at the situation on both sides of the border.
Over 33,000 people cross Causeway, Second Link since midnight reopening
About 33,700 travellers have crossed the land borders between Singapore and Malaysia as at 5pm on Friday (April 1) since the borders fully reopened at midnight.
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Friday afternoon that 27,600 people have departed Singapore via the Causeway and the Second Link.
Of these travellers, 9,400 of them departed on foot or buses, 9,700 in cars and the remaining 8,500 on motorcycles.
Tearful reunions, rekindled romances and closure as S'pore-Malaysia land border reopens
Thousands of Singaporeans and Malaysians finally met their loved ones after they crossed the Causeway on Friday (April 1) as land borders fully reopened for the first time in two years.
Here are four stories of tearful reunions, rekindled romances and missed goodbyes.
S'poreans make day trips to JB on first day of borders fully reopening
He used to drive over to Johor Baru often to eat and buy his favourite pastries for his friends and family.
But because of the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions on travel, Singaporean Jeremy Chua has been unable to do so for two years.
With the full opening of land borders between Singapore and Malaysia on Friday (April 1), Mr Chua seized the opportunity for quarantine- and testing-free travel and drove over to JB.
Traffic slows down at Woodlands, Tuas checkpoints after midnight rush
Thousands have crossed the land borders between Singapore and Malaysia since these reopened close to midnight on Friday (April 1).
Travellers were also able to take a new shuttle bus service between the checkpoints in Woodlands and Johor Baru run by Malaysian bus operator Causeway Link.
The first bus left at 6am from Malaysia and 6.30am from Woodlands. The last bus from Johor Baru is at 10pm and the last bus from Woodlands will leave at 10.30pm.
Singaporeans, Malaysians rejoice as land borders finally fully reopen
Minutes before the land borders were set to reopen at 11.59pm on Thursday (March 31), the waiting crowd began to move. At midnight, they streamed by foot, car and motorbike across the checkpoints in Woodlands and Tuas, many heading towards home or meeting family members who were waiting on the other side to pick them up.
Cars tooted their horns as they drove into the complex, while people on foot clapped and cheered before the jubilant mood quickly settled into one of business as usual of clearing immigration checks.
The border had been closed since March 17, 2020. By 10.50pm, more than 200 people, mainly Malaysian, were waiting patiently at Woodlands. At Tuas, some 500 motorbike riders waited eagerly as time went by, some revving their machines in anticipation.
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No motorbike jam from Malaysia to Singapore on first morning of border reopening
The pre-pandemic sight of Malaysian workers rushing to cross the Malaysia-Singapore land borders was absent on Friday morning (April 1), the first day when border travel between both countries resumed after more than two years of closure.
Motorbike lanes at the Malaysian side of the border remained largely empty from 5am to 7am. Thousands of workers usually queue up early in the morning to make the trip across the Causeway to work in Singapore.
Shuttle buses ferrying passengers between the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex in Johor and the Singapore checkpoint also ran with a small number of passengers.
Johor businesses, workers set for revival as Singapore-Malaysia border reopens
Businesses and workers in Johor are all geared up for an economic revival from the reopening of land crossings between Malaysia and Singapore on Friday (April 1), after two years of border closures dimmed prospects in the southern state.
Johor was one of Malaysia's worst-affected states when borders shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic, depriving it of consumer spending from Singaporean holidaymakers as well as local workers earning in the Republic.
With the return of day trippers and the daily commute across the Causeway - once one of the world's busiest border crossings - local traders hope for some semblance of pre-pandemic normalcy.
More automated lanes, vehicle counters at checkpoints ahead of border reopening: ICA
The number of automated lanes in the bus halls at Woodlands Checkpoint has been increased ahead of Singapore reopening its land border with Malaysia on Friday (April 1), said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
To beef up capacity, ICA has also configured bus and car counters at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints to automate immigration clearance for lone drivers, it said in a statement on Thursday evening (March 31).
ICA and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) have also been maintaining, enhancing and testing their systems, it said, adding that contingency plans have been put in place to cope with unforeseen circumstances.
askST: What you need to know if you are driving from Singapore to Malaysia
From Friday (April 1), the land borders will open for fully vaccinated persons in Singapore to freely drive to Malaysia and back.
It has been two years since people here have been able to do so.
Here is a checklist of requirements - including the vehicle documents you will need - if you are driving or riding a private vehicle across the border.
Malaysia waives toll charge, on top of road charge, for a week for vehicles entering JB from S'pore
The Malaysian government on Wednesday (March 30) announced that all vehicles entering the country via the Johor-Singapore land borders will be exempted from toll payments for a week, starting from April 1.
In addition, travel insurance will no longer be required for fully vaccinated short-term visitors who enter Singapore or Malaysia via the land borders from April 1, according to the authorities in both countries.
The toll charge waiver is on top of the one-week road charge exemption announced earlier.