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There are two land border crossings between Singapore and Malaysia (I am ignoring the train-only border crossings via Woodlands Train Checkpoint, and thanks dda for the link):

  1. The Johor–Singapore Causeway (Google Maps), which can be crossed by foot at any time in the day/night.
  2. The Malaysia–Singapore Second Link (Google Maps).

I am confused whether one is allowed to walk across the border between Singapore and Malaysia via the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link.

Wikipedia says it is not allowed:

Unlike its shorter counterparts in Woodlands, as Tuas Checkpoint is designated as a vehicular checkpoint only, travellers are not allowed to walk along the lengthy Second Link and enter the checkpoint by foot.[3]

The [3] refers to https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=339796888172738&id=100064272895973 but I don't see any mention of walking being not allowed on that link.

Meanwhile, user182601 pointed to the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Reopening of Land Borders (Vaccinated Travel) between Malaysia and Singapore (2022-03-25), which does clearly say it is allowed:

Pedestrians are permitted to walk across the Causeway and Tuas Second Link.

But then someone commented they got detained, and another one also asserted it is not allowed:

- I have been detained when trying to walk out of tuas and was given a warning. DO NOT walk on Tuas. Anish Sheela 4 hours ago

- Pedestrians are definitely not permitted on the Second Link, which is also much longer (10+ km) and impractical even if it was allowed. lambshaanxy 1 hour ago

This confuses me. Is it allowed to walk across the border between Singapore and Malaysia via the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link?

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It isn't allowed.

I'm more familiar with the Singaporean side of the checkpoint

Rather than being 'illegal' though, there's no facilities, nor way to enter the checkpoint on foot, nor is there a walkway to walk across. It is also some way to the Malaysian immigration, and unlike the causeway, the nearest settlement or town isn't just outside the checkpoint.

Here's a picture of Tuas checkpoint from the Singaporean side, taken from the Singaporean Land Transport Authority Website

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You would note the lack of sidewalk

While I'm less familiar with the Malaysian side - there's no facilities for an individual outside of a vehicle to pass through immigration in Tuas Checkpoint - so there is no way to enter or exit Singapore legally on foot via that checkpoint.

If you get to the checkpoint in Singapore, the guards will turn you back, and point you at woodlands checkpoint.

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    There is a bus, I am told, so you do not have to walk.
    – Willeke
    Nov 12, 2023 at 11:24
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    +1. The Second Link road is also an expressway both on the Singapore side (AYE) and the Malaysian side (E3), neither of which allows pedestrians. Nov 12, 2023 at 20:11
  • Is it a highway open to all vehicles or a motorway with restricted access? In the first case buying a used bike on one side and getting rid of it on the other side would be a way to pass through.
    – FluidCode
    Nov 13, 2023 at 13:06
  • Motor vehicles only. Singaporean expressways do not allow bicycles or ebikes. Nov 13, 2023 at 13:12

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