The Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) is a scheme agreed between Singapore and Malaysia to allow work and business-related travel between the two countries via the land border crossings at the Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. Under the PCA, Malaysia Citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) with valid Singapore work passes should remain in Singapore for at least 90 days before returning to Malaysia for home leave. The entry and exit between Singapore and Malaysia must be via Woodlands Checkpoint or Tuas Checkpoint in Singapore. Work pass holders approved under the PCA scheme will serve a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) of at least 7 days and undertake a COVID-19 PCR test.
Singapore-based companies that wish to apply for the PCA for their employees may submit their applications from 10 August 2020, 1200 hours onwards.
Employers can apply for the PCA on behalf of their employees using CorpPass if their employees fulfil the following criteria:
- Are a Malaysia Citizen / Permanent Resident;
- Hold valid long-term passes* for business and work purposes in Singapore; and
- Are willing to spend at least 90 days in Singapore for work upon entry.
* Long-Term Pass holders eligible for the PCA are holders of the following MOM-issued work passes: (i) Employment Pass; (ii) EntrePass; (iii) Personalised Employment Pass; (iv) S Pass; and (v) Work Permit. The pass should be valid for at least 15 days from the date of entry into Singapore.
The PCA application has to be submitted by the employer on behalf of their employees from 10 August 2020, 1200 hours onwards. Employers may choose a date of entry within a 60-day window of their application. All applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Employers must submit their applications at least 7 days before their employees’ entry into Singapore.
Employers are advised to have the following information of each employee on hand, before proceeding to submit an application:
- Employee’s FIN;
- Expiry Date of Employee’s Work Pass;
- Employee’s Intended Date of Entry into Singapore;
- Address of Employee’s Accommodation to complete his/her Stay Home Notice (SHN)1; and
- Details of Contact Person in Company (e.g. Name, Mobile Number, Email Address)
Applications will only be processed after payment for the COVID-19 PCR swab test has been made. Payment must be made via credit card. An email alert will be sent to the employer through the contact provided if the PCA application for their employee is successful. The employer will also be informed of the details for their employee’s COVID-19 PCR swab test.
Pre-departure from Malaysia
Prior to Arrival
Prior to arrival at the immigration checkpoints, employees approved under the PCA are required to:
- Monitor their health status and do not travel to Singapore if feeling unwell;
- Ensure that they enter Singapore on their approved date as stated in their application and PCA approval email;
- Ensure that they complete the electronic Health Declaration Card (eHDC) at https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard;
- Ensure that they download the TraceTogether, Homer and WhatsApp mobile applications on their mobile phone; and
- Bring along his/her passport and work pass when entering Singapore.
Employees approved under the PCA can commute from Malaysia’s immigration checkpoint to Singapore via personal transport, via private buses that only ferry Malaysian passengers who will be serving SHN, or by foot. Do note that all prevailing Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fees will apply throughout the period of stay in Singapore for personal transport modes. More details of such fees can be found at: https://www.onemotoring.com.sg/content/onemotoring/home/driving/entering_and_exiting_singapore/cars-and-motorcycles-registered-in-malaysia.html.
Arrival in Singapore
After immigration, the employees will have to take their personal transport (e.g. motorbikes), private buses that only ferry Malaysian passengers who are serving SHN, or taxis and private-hire cars directly from the immigration checkpoint to the declared SHN accommodation, without stopping at any other destination along the journey. The employees should indicate clearly to the driver that they are serving SHN. The employee should not take public trains or buses or flag down a taxi while serving the SHN.
The employee must remain in the declared SHN accommodation for at least 7 days from the date of entry into Singapore and test negative for COVID-19, whichever is later.
Employees will only be permitted to leave his/her SHN place of residence to the designated testing facility for his/her COVID-19 PCR swab test on the assigned date and appointment time of swabbing. The employee is required to bring along and present his/her work pass and a copy of the COVID-19 PCR swab test confirmation email/SMS for entry for his/her COVID-19 PCR swab test. The employee must return immediately to his/her SHN place of residence after the test.
The point of contact provided by the employers will receive an SMS and email indicating the employee’s assigned date and location for the COVID-19 PCR swab test. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that the employees go for the COVID-19 PCR swab tests. The employee is prohibited from using public buses and trains for this purpose. Only personal transport, company transport, or taxis/private-hire vehicles booked via dedicated hotlines are allowed.
Once the employee has served his/her SHN and tests negative for COVID-19, the employee can commence work. If tested positive for COVID-19, the employee will undergo medical treatment.
The employer/employee will bear the costs of the employee’s accommodation for the SHN and post-arrival COVID-19 PCR swab test in Singapore, subject to prevailing MOM requirements.
Measures during stay in Singapore
Employees will be required to abide by prevailing local public health requirements and safe distancing measures throughout their entire stay in Singapore.
They will be required to act on MOM’s SMS, which will be sent within 1 to 3 days of his/her arrival, asking him/her to download the Homer mobile application and register their mobile number. The employee must have a thermometer to take and report his/her temperature 3 times a day using the Homer app.
They will be allowed to use public transportation only after completing their SHN period and having tested negative for COVID-19.
Employees without an entry approval under the PCA or other channels will be refused entry into Singapore.
For general enquiries on the PCA, please contact us at COVID_SafeTravelEnquiries@mti.gov.sg.
1 Employees are only allowed to serve their SHN in hotels, serviced apartments, or single-occupancy residences. Employees are prohibited from serving their SHN at a dormitory, hostel, or rented room. Cohorting is only allowed up to four pax, provided that the employees arrive in Singapore on the same day and are under the same PCA application. Further details on the prevailing SHN advisory and guidelines can be found at https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/frequently-asked-questions/loa-shn-matters.