July 7, 2022

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All smiles as individuals cross S'pore-M'sia land border for first time in 2 years

The land border separating Malaysia and Singapore closed on March 20, 2020 in the course of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For almost all of the final two years, the Causeway has been comparatively lifeless as a result of lack of motion coming from both facet of the border. Whereas Malaysians and Singaporeans finally managed to journey by way of the Vaccinated Journey Lane (VTL) scheme by way of air and land, the motion was extraordinarily managed.

On the stroke of midnight on April 1, 2022 – greater than two years because the COVID-19 pandemic started – the Causeway was introduced again to life, and the pictures show it.

Welcome again.

Folks at Singapore’s Woodlands Checkpoint heading in the direction of Johor Bahru, Malaysia. IMAGE: Ooi Boon Keong / TODAY

For these ready on the opposite finish on the Johor Causeway, it was in all probability an emotional second, seeing all of the vehicles, bikes, and commuters on-foot making their method to the Malaysian facet of the border.

What was as soon as described because the busiest land crossing on the earth, the Causeway has lastly been introduced again to life beneath relaxed journey agreements between Singapore and Malaysia.

IMAGE: Aaron Low / TODAY

Talking to Bernama, 33-year-old Mohd Fauzan Hafizi Rosli – a Malaysian working in Singapore as a technician – stated he did not know learn how to face his household upon his return, seeing that they don’t seem to be conscious of his journey again. It is a shock.

He hasn’t seen them in over two years, shedding tears of pleasure when requested when reporters requested him about how he felt.

“My spouse doesn’t know I’m coming again, hope to offer her a shock… it has been such a very long time I’ve not seen my household,” he stated. “Thanks to the governments of Malaysia and Singapore for making the border opening successful.”

It is also excellent timing for Malaysian Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan, with the primary day set to fall proper round April 3, 2022.

“For the final two years, I celebrated Hari Raya in another country. I am overwhelmed with emotion… I do not know learn how to face my spouse and youngsters,” Fauzan stated.

IMAGE: Aaron Low / TODAY
IMAGE: Aaron Low / TODAY

Now, the Singapore-Malaysia land border is open to all vacationers who’re totally vaccinated. Including extra ease to those journeys is the truth that nobody has take any pre-departure and on-arrival COVID-19 take a look at, and there is additionally no quarantine interval being enforced.

IMAGE: Vanessa Lim / Channel Information Asia

So, when will you be making your approach throughout the border?

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Cowl picture sourced from Aaron Low / TODAY.