Driving cross the border

Three Quarter Tank Rule

Singapore registered cars must have at least 3/4 tank of petrol when departing Singapore. Hybrid motor vehicles, as well as Compressed Natural Gas vehicles with petrol tanks are also subject to compliance of the 3/4 tank ruling.

Failure to do so constitutes an offence. On settlement of the offence, you will have to turn back to top up your fuel if you wish to continue on the journey.

Exit Requirements - Singapore

All visitors need to go through immigration clearance when they depart from Singapore. At the immigration counter, the visitor must present the Embarkation portion of the Disembarkation/Embarkation Card together with his travel document to the Immigration Officer. Do ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months before departure. Visitors are advised to check their passports/travel documents for exit endorsements before they leave the checkpoint.

Entrance/Exit Requirements - Malaysia

At the immigration counter, the visitor must fill up and present the Disembarkation/Embarkation Card together with his travel document to the Immigration Officer. Do ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months before departure. Visitors are advised to check their passports/travel documents for exit endorsements before they leave the checkpoint.

Toll charges

Singapore and Malaysia border crossing charges have been hiked and the rates will be five times more than the earlier charges. The hiked rates came into existence on the 1st of October 2014 when Singapore decided to match the rates charged by Malaysia.

It all started in the month of July, 2014 when Singapore LTA decided to increase the fees for the vehicle entry permits and goods vehicle permit for foreign registered automobiles.

The changes made in July, 2014:

  • Vehicles bearing a foreign number plate should pay $35 for a daily permit.
  • Goods vehicles should pay a monthly permit of $40 to enter Singapore.

The prices earlier were $20 and $10 respectively and this indeed caused quite a lot of trouble to the motorists. Malaysia also came up with similar announcements soon after the implementation of these charges. However they did not announce the dates from which the hiked charges would come into existence. Later Malaysia transport authorities went on to hike the toll charges.

New toll charges were implemented for all vehicles except motorcycles traveling from Singapore to Johor.

Toll rates charged by Malaysia

  • Private cars have to pay RM 9.70 to enter Malaysia and RM6.80 for traveling back
  • Small trucks have to pay RM14.70 and RM 10.20 to enter and leave the country respectively
  • Taxis will be charged RM4.80 to enter Malaysia and RM3.40 to leave back

From the 1st of October, Singapore has decided to hike the toll charges in order to match with the rates charged by Malaysia.

New charges charged by Singapore

  • Private cars will be charged $6.50
  • Buses will be charged $5.30
  • Light commercial vehicles will be charged $9.80
  • Heavy vehicles will be charged $13.00
  • Taxis will be charged $3.30

 

Motorists using the causeway will have to make the payment using Touch ‘n Go cards. Hard currencies cannot be used to make the payment.

The hike in tolls will bring in a lot of trouble to these daily commuters. The hiked prices will be used by Malaysia for the maintenance of Eastern Dispersal Link and other transport facilities. Hence, motorists will not have to worry about the quality of their rides even though the prices are quite high now.

Toll payments in Singapore are by CashCard only. Payment for tolls in Malaysia is by Touch&Go card only.

We recommend buying the Touch&GO card at the designated Malaysia Immigration counters with top up to the desired amount based on your intented journey.