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Singapore-Malaysia border crossings to resume: 5 things to know

Interdependent neighbors seek economic relief with dual travel programs

Workers who live in Malaysia but hold jobs in Singapore will soon be able to cross the border for the first time since March.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia and Singapore are reopening their border this month after a long closure to contain the coronavirus, in one of the first "green lane" or "travel bubble" arrangements within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations bloc.

Starting Monday, the two countries will accept applications for crossings under two new programs -- one called the Periodic Commuting Arrangement, and another known as the Reciprocal Green Lane. Actual travel is expected to begin on Aug. 17.

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