Malaysia and Singapore Explore Passport-Free Travel with QR Code System

Source : FreeMalaysiaToday

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In an effort to boost the development of the Johor-Singapore special economic zone (SEZ), Malaysia and Singapore are considering the implementation of passport-free travel using a QR code system at their land checkpoints.

A joint statement from the economy ministry and Singapore’s trade and industry ministry highlighted that the adoption of a passport-free QR code clearance system would expedite the clearance process for individuals at land checkpoints.

Johor Menteri Besar Onn Hafiz Ghazi recently suggested the implementation of a QR code system, similar to Singapore’s, at the customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) complex in Johor Bahru. He emphasized the importance of measures such as multiple entry visas, special passes, and adequate staff to ensure smooth movement between Johor and Singapore.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of an MoU on the Johor-Singapore SEZ development. The economies of Malaysia and Singapore are highly intertwined, with bilateral trade reaching S$153 billion (RM534 billion) in 2022, growing by 18.9% year-on-year. Singapore also emerged as Malaysia’s leading source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2022, contributing 20.5% to the total FDI for the year.

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