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10 Sep 2020

Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA)- a scheme agreed between Singapore and Malaysia to allow work and business-related travel

The Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) is a scheme agreed between Singapore and Malaysia to allow work and business-related travel between the two countries via the land border crossings at the Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link.

Singapore Citizens/PRs do not need the PCA to return to Singapore. However, you will be subject to the prevailing Stay-Home Notice requirements after arriving in Singapore. 

Malaysian citizens and Malaysia PRs who want to return to Malaysia, your entry into Malaysia is governed by the Malaysian authorities. 

Under the PCA, Malaysia Citizens and Malaysia Permanent Residents (PRs) with valid Singapore work passes should remain in Singapore for at least 90 days before returning to Malaysia for home leave. The entry and exit between Singapore and Malaysia must be via Woodlands Checkpoint or Tuas Checkpoint in Singapore. Work pass holders approved under the PCA scheme will serve at least 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and undertake a COVID-19 PCR test.


Employers can apply for the PCA on behalf of their employees using CorpPass if their employees fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Are a Malaysia Citizen or a Malaysia Permanent Resident;
  2. Hold valid long-term passes* for business and work purposes in Singapore; and
  3. Are willing to spend at least 90 days in Singapore for work upon entry.

Application Process

The PCA application has to be submitted by the employer on behalf of their employees from 10 August 2020, 1200 hours onwards. Employers may choose a date of entry within a 60-day window of their application. All applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Employers must submit their applications at least 7 calendar days before their employees’ entry into Singapore.

Employers are advised to have the following information of each employee on hand, before proceeding to submit an application:

  1. Employee’s FIN;
  2. Expiry Date of Employee’s Work Pass;
  3. Employee’s Intended Date of Entry into Singapore;
  4. Address of Employee’s Accommodation to complete His/Her Stay-Home Notice (SHN)*; and
  5. Details of Contact Person in Company (e.g. Name, Mobile Number, Email Address)

Accommodation for SHN

*IMPORTANT: Employees are only allowed to serve their SHN in hotels, serviced apartments, or single-occupancy residences (i.e. if there is only one employee in the entire SHN accommodation). However, an exception can be made for employees who are serving their SHN in premises occupied by immediate family members (i.e. parents, siblings, spouse and children), or employees who are cohorting (up to four pax) provided that the employees arrive in Singapore on the same day. Employees are prohibited from serving their SHN at a dormitory, hostel or rented room.


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