Crossing the border between Malaysia and Singapore

Border malaysia-singapore

There are 2 border crossings between Singapore and Malaysia. The Johor–Singapore Causeway and the Second Link.

To cross from Malaysia into Singapore, visitors need a valid passport, Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC) and, where relevant, a visa.

Information about crossing the Malaysia to Singapore border and document requirements can be found on this page.

Documents to cross the Malaysia to Singapore border

To clear immigration at the Woodlands Checkpoint (Johor–Singapore Causeway) or Tuas Checkpoint (Second Link) travellers must have:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months
  • SG Arrival Card
  • Entry visa if required

Foreign visitors must be able to prove sufficient funds for their trip and may also require confirmed onward travel tickets.

SG Arrival card to enter Singapore from Malaysia

All international visitors have to submit the Singapore Arrival Card, regardless of whether they need a visa.

The Singapore Arrival Card is an e-service, travellers fill out the form electronically no more than 3 days before entering Singapore.

The SG Arrival Card is used to provide travel information and a COVID-19 health declaration. Basic personal details, travel plans, and health information are required.

On arrival at the immigration counter in Singapore, visitors must present the SG Arrival Card acknowledgement to officials.

The SG Arrival card is not a visa. Passport holders who require a visa for Singapore must apply for this in addition to the SGAC.

SG card requirements to visit Malaysia and return to Singapore

If you plan to enter Singapore then visit nearby countries like Malaysia before returning to Singapore, you’ll need to apply for another SG Arrival Card.

The Singapore Arrival Card is valid for a single entry only. You must fill out a new application form each time you enter the country.

Malaysia to Singapore via the Johor–Singapore Causeway

The Johor–Singapore Causeway is a combined railway and motorway bridge. Passengers can make the crossing by bus or train. There are also projects for a new rapid transit system and covered walkway.

The bridge crosses the Straits of Johor, connecting the city of Johor in Malaysia to Woodlands in Singapore.

Travellers pass through the Southern Integrated Gateway in Malaysia and Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore.

How to cross the Johor–Singapore Causeway by bus

Crossing the border between Malaysia and Singapore by bus is a convenient option. There are regular bus services crossing the Johor–Singapore Causeway.

These are the steps to take when crossing the Johor–Singapore Causeway by bus:

  • Take any bus in Johor Bahru to JB Sentral bus terminal
  • Walk to the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) complex
  • Present travel documents to Malaysian officials and clear immigration
  • Take a bus to the Woodland Checkpoint
  • Get off the bus at Woodland Immigration Checkpoint
  • Present all relevant travel documents, which may include passport and visa
  • After clearing immigration, take a bus to the final destination in Singapore

Foreign visitors should have all their travel documents ready when they approach immigration checkpoints in Malaysia and Singapore.

Visitors must get a Singapore Arrival Card online in advance and show the confirmation at immigration.

How to cross the Johor–Singapore Causeway by train

The Shuttle Tebrau is the train service between JB Sentral in Malaysian and Woodland CIQ in Singapore.

The shuttle train service takes passengers across the Causeway in 5 minutes. Passengers must clear immigration controls in Malaysia and on arrival in Singapore.

New rapid transit system rail project

Johor Bahru–Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) is a new cross-border rail project connecting Malaysia and Singapore. It will replace the existing rail service.

The new railway line is currently under development and is expected to be completed by the end of 2026.

Can you walk across Johor–Singapore Causeway?

Walking across the Johor–Singapore Causeway is not permitted due to security reasons.

There are plans to build an air-conditioned covered walkway on the Johor–Singapore Causeway.

The new pedestrian path will make it safe to cross from Malaysia to Singapore on foot.

Malaysia–Singapore Second Link

Malaysia–Singapore Second Link is officially called Tuas Second Link. The bridge, which opened in 1998, was built to reduce traffic on the Johor–Singapore Causeway.

The dual 3-lane carriageway connects Tanjung Kupang in Johor, Malaysia with Tuas in Singapore.

The Length of the bridge over water is 1.92 km and the distance between checkpoints is 6 km.

  • Checkpoint on Malaysian side—Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ
  • Checkpoint on Singaporean side—Tuas Checkpoint

The bridge is for road traffic only. Travellers can drive their own vehicle or one of the cross-border bus services.

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