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Malaysia to trial QR code immigration clearance for locals entering Singapore by land from 1 June

Malaysia to trial QR code immigration clearance for locals entering Singapore by land from 1 June

The proof-of-concept will run for three months, starting with motorcycles and buses first before being expanded to other vehicles.

Malaysia will start a trial run for a QR code Immigration clearance system for Malaysians traveling to Singapore from 1 June 2024.

As cited in The Star, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has announced that the proof-of-concept (POC) will run for three months at the two Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complexes in Johor, and only involve Malaysians. More specifically, the trial will begin with motorcycles and buses first before being expanded to other vehicles.

"This is expected to reduce waiting time for Immigration clearance by about 50% at both the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) and the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB)," he was quoted as saying at a press conference on Monday (27 May 2024).

Minister of Home Affairs Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Mentri Besar of Johor Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi were also present at the meeting.

DPM Fadillah shared about his visit to the BSI CIQ in a Facebook post, where he spent some time checking the auto gate facility, immigration counters, customs scanners, the MBike system, and the bus lanes.

Back in April, Malaysia's State Works, Transportation, Infrastructure, and Communication Committee Chairman Mohamad Fazli Mohamad Salleh announced a pilot run of the QR code immigation clearance in June, for entering Singapore from Malaysia on factory buses. The pilot run will see immigration officers boarding the buses, equipped with handheld QR scanners to clear immigration inspection. More on this announcement here.

Both moves above come following Singapore's introduction of the QR code initiative in March 2024, allowing motorists arriving and departing from its Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints to use QR codes instead of passports for immigration clearance. Read more on the update here.


Lead image / Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof

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