One of the world’s busiest border crossings, the Causeway saw hours-long queues as people tried to enter Singapore from Johor Bahru in the final hours before Malaysia’s travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 came into force on Wednesday (Mar 18).
SINGAPORE: Commuters on the Causeway endured hours-long queues to enter Singapore from Johor Bahru before Malaysia’s new travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 took effect on midnight of Wednesday (Mar 18).
For the next two weeks, Malaysia will bar citizens from going overseas and foreigners from entering the country, part of a movement control order that was announced by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday night, amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.
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Outside JB Sentral in Johor Bahru, traffic heading towards Singapore slowed to a near-standstill in the hours before the restrictions came into force.
Pedestrians, some carrying large suitcases, were seen walking across the Causeway to Singapore as well.
Traffic on the Causeway remained gridlocked past midnight, and an ambulance, with sirens wailing, was seen trying to make its way through the traffic.
Outside Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore, those who had made the crossing were seen trying to get on public buses or waiting by the kerb for private transport.
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By 2am, the traffic on the Causeway had dwindled significantly, with mostly heavy vehicles left awaiting entry into Singapore.