Couple working in Singapore shares one-day trip to attend funeral in Malaysia

JOHOR BHARU, May 23 (Sin Chew Daily) – A couple working in Singapore shares their one-day trip to attend a funeral in Malaysia on social media.

The couple left Singapore for Tangkak, Johor, for a few hours and went back to Singapore the same day to undergo quarantine for 21 days.

Stulang state assemblyman Andrew Chen Kah Eng shared the couple's detailed social media post to help others understand the entire process, including permit application.

Chen said Mr Ho and his wife were granted permit for Death and Critically Ill Emergency Visits (DCEV).

They applied for the permit two days in advance by downloading forms from My Travel Pass website and e-mailed the forms to the Ministry of Health.

Their applications were approved the following day.

Ho and his wife paid RM700 for a private ambulance to travel to Tangkak for the funeral.
Ho and his wife paid RM700 for a private ambulance to travel to Tangkak for the funeral.

On May 20, they took the first transit bus from Woodlands and arrived at Johor Bahru checkpoint at 7am.

They presented the documents, signed up for MySejahtera registration at the checkpoint and took the Antigen Rapid Test.

They then boarded a bus to the hotel designated for quarantine to wait for transport to Tangkak for the funeral.

After some negotiation, they decided to pay RM700 to travel to Tangkak in an ambulance in full personal protective outfit.

The funeral was at 2pm and the couple was later sent back to Johor Bahru checkpoint after the cremation.

They took another transit bus and arrived at the hotel in Singapore to undergo 21 days of quarantine.

Chen said Ho and his wife kept in touch with him throughout their journey. 

They highlighted the key points in permit application to attend the funeral in Malaysia.

1. Download and fill up the that can be downloaded from https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass/main?termConditionDCEV, and e-mail the form to the Ministry of Health for approval.

2. Print the form and the approval from the Ministry of Health for checkpoint clearance.

3. Under DCEV, a person testing negative will be allowed to attend a funeral or visit their loved ones and then return to Singapore directly. He or she is allowed to stay up to three days at a quarantine center in Malaysia without having to undergo 14 days of quarantine.

4. The applicant may need to engage the service of private ambulance.

5. DCEV permit holders are required to undergo 21 days of quarantine in Singapore upon returning from Malaysia.

6. For DCEV permit holderss, the screening fee is RM130 for Malaysians and RM260 for foreigners. Non-Malaysians are also required to pay RM2,600.

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