Causeway Closed On Sunday Morning For 2.5 Hours
UPDATE (26 Jul, 11.15am): Arrangements for the Reciprocal Green Lane and Periodic Commuting Arrangement, which allows cross-border travel for official, business and work purposes, have been settled, said Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
Applications for these 2 schemes will start on 10 Aug, and both countries are also working out arrangements for workers who commute daily across the border, he added.
Though we can’t travel to Johor Baru for leisure yet, the Causeway is still being used for essential work travel and for Malaysians and Singaporeans to return to their respective countries.
However, on Sunday (26 Jul) morning it will be closed till 10.30am.
This is because the foreign ministers of Singapore and Malaysia will be having a meeting.
Closure will take 2.5 hours
In a short Facebook post on Sunday (26 Jul), the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) informed the public that the Causeway would be closed.
This closure started at 8am, and will take place till 10.30am – a total of 2.5 hours, the ICA said.
The ICA also advised those who need to travel between countries urgently to use the Tuas Checkpoint at the Second Link, which is still open.
Foreign ministers’ meeting
The reason why the Causeway is closed on Sunday morning is a bilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of Singapore and Malaysia.
It wasn’t stated why Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein are meeting, however.
However, on 14 Jul, Dr Balakrishnan and Mr Hishammuddin issued a joint statement on an agreement between both countries on the Reciprocal Green Lane and Periodic Commuting Arrangement.
They allow short-term essential business and official travel, as well as lets citizens of both countries enter for work.
They will be witnessed at the Causeway by the prime ministers of both countries.
Take note of the closure
For the few people who are travelling between countries for these few hours, do take note of the closure.
You may want to use the Second Link, or simply wait to travel after 10.30am.
MS News will provide updates when more details on the meeting are available.