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S’poreans Can Now Use E-Gates At Johor Land Checkpoints: M’sian Home Minister

Singaporeans With E-Passports Can Start Using E-Gates At Johor Checkpoints

Starting today (20 Jan), Singaporeans with e-passports can use the e-gates at both the Causeway and Second Link checkpoints to and from Johor Bahru (JB).

Source: Onn Hafiz Ghazi on Facebook

Malaysia’s Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail announced the news at a press conference the same day.

The 20 automatic gates at both borders’ entry and exit points would benefit 30,000 to 50,000 commuters travelling from Singapore to Johor Baru daily.

Minister Saifuddin said that he sees this move as a quick win to help speed up the flow of incoming and outgoing traffic at the two checkpoints.

E-passports must be valid for 3 months before entering e-gates at checkpoints

According to The Straits Times (ST), the e-gates were previously only limited to Malaysian passport holders.

With the new allowance, Singaporeans with e-passports can also enjoy these facilities for smoother travel between the two countries.

Singaporeans who wish to use the e-gate must hold e-passports with a validity period of at least three months.

They must also submit their Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC) online three days before travel.

Immigration officers will require a one-off biometric check on travellers who use the e-gates for the first time.


For those who may be unfamiliar, the e-passport is the biometric passport introduced in 2005.

Usage to expand to other countries in the future

According to the New Straits Times, Minister Saifuddin identified the Johor Causeway as the more congested checkpoint of the two.

In 2019, an average of 253,717 people crossed the two checkpoints daily, including the Second Link.

A daily average of 225,806 and 218,061 people travelled in and out of the checkpoints in 2022 and 2023 (so far), respectively.

The Immigration Department reportedly plans to expand the e-gates to other low-risk countries, including Brunei, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan.

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Featured image adapted from Onn Hafiz Ghazi on Facebook.

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