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Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 13:58
Singapore and Malaysia to reopen business travel next month
By Reuters
Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 13:58 By Reuters

In this file photo taken on March 17, 2020, vehicles form a long queue to enter Woodlands checkpoint in Singapore from across the causeway of the southern Malaysian state of Johor. (CATHERINE LAI / AFP)

SINGAPORE - Singapore and Malaysia are to resume essential business and official travel between their countries, they said on Tuesday, letting people cross their border for the first time since most movements were suspended because of the coronavirus in March.

The neighbors are also putting in place travel arrangements for their residents who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work in the other country, their foreign ministries said in a joint statement

The neighbors are also putting in place travel arrangements for their residents who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work in the other country, their foreign ministries said in a joint statement.

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They hope to launch the exchanges on Aug 10, they said, adding that they had also agreed to develop other schemes for cross-border movements, including for daily commutes by workers.

Before the border was closed to people to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, tens of thousands of Malaysians commuted daily to wealthy Singapore to work in businesses from restaurants to semiconductor manufacturing.

Malaysia is also a major source of staples for Singapore, which imports more than 90 percent of its food supplies, and goods have been crossing the border since the restrictions on people were imposed in mid-March.

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