Singapore Country Guide

Getting In

 
 

By Road

The Causeway
The Causeway is a popular but congested entry point connecting the southern city of Johor Bahru in Malaysia with Singapore's Woodlands in the north. While congestion isn't as bad as it once was, the Causeway is still jam-packed on Friday evenings (towards Malaysia) and Sunday evenings (towards Singapore). The Causeway can be crossed by bus, train, taxi or car but no longer feasible to cross on foot after Malaysia shifted their customs and immigration complex 2 km inland.
 
 
 
 
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The Causeway by Mailer Diablo

Second Link
There is a second (bridge) crossing between Malaysia and Singapore, known as the Second Link between Tuas in western Singapore and Tanjung Kupang in the western part of Johor state. Much faster and less congested than the Causeway, used by some of the luxury bus services and only
Malaysian "limousine" taxis are allowed to cross the Second Link and charging RM150 and up for the privilege. Strongly recommended if you have your own car but not allowed to walk across the bridge.

The Second Link at by Calvin Teo

Malaysia to Singapore
Driving into Singapore with a foreign-registered car is rather complicated and expensive. Peninsular Malaysian registered cars need to show they have a valid Malaysian road tax and insurance coverage. Other foreign cars need a Vehicle Registration Certificate, Customs Document (Carnet), Vehicle Insurance purchased from a Singapore-based insurance company and an International Circulation Permit. All foreign registered cars and motorcycles can be driven in Singapore for a maximum of 10 days in each calendar year without paying Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fees. But after the 10 days, you need to pay fees of up to $20 per day.

Go through immigration first and get your passport stamped. Then follow the Red Lane to buy the AutoPass (SGD10) from the LTA office. At the parking area, an LTA officer will verify your car, road tax and insurance cover note and issue you a small chit which you take to the LTA counter to buy your AutoPass and rent an In-vehicle Unit (IU) for road pricing charges (or opt to pay a flat $5/day fee instead). Once that is done, proceed to customs where you will have to open the boot for inspection. After that, you are free to go anywhere in Singapore. Any VEP fees, road pricing charges and tolls will be deducted from your AutoPass when you exit Singapore. This is done by slotting the AutoPass into the reader at the immigration counter while you get your passport stamped.

Singapore to Malaysia
Driving into Malaysia from Singapore is relatively uncomplicated, although small tolls are charged for both crossing and (for the Second Link) the adjoining expressway. In addition, Singapore-registered vehicles are required to have their fuel tanks at least 3/4 full before leaving Singapore.


By Taxi
Singapor
e is one of the few countries that you can enter or leave by taxi. Normal Singaporean taxis are not allowed to cross into Malaysia and vice versa. Only specially licensed Singaporean and Malaysia taxis are allowed to cross the border:

  • From Malaysia (one way only), Singaporean taxis pick up passengers at the Kotaraya shopping mall in Johor Bahru to Singapore.
  • From Singapore (one way only), Malaysian taxis pick passengers at Rochor Road and Queen's Street to anywhere in Malaysia (at least in theory) but the main destinations are Johor Bahru and nearby areas.
The main advantage of taking a taxi is you do not need to get out of the taxi and lug your yourself and stuff through immigration and customs at both ends but everything is done while you sit in the car. Though Singaporean and Malaysian taxis can only pick passengers in a single direction, daring taxis drivers of both countries often flout the rules.
 
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