Just recently, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad confirmed that the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) via the Causeway and Second Link will be opened simultaneously with the VTL between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Nov 29.
This will officially be the first time the borders between Singapore and Malaysia will be reopened for quarantine-free travel at scale from Nov 29, since the Covid-19 pandemic began rapidly worsening in March 2020.
To qualify for the VTL, you must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Malaysia recognises vaccines approved under the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing. It also recognises vaccines “approved by a stringent regulatory authority”.
Children below 12 years of age are exempted from the vaccination requirement. The age of the child will be based on his date of birth.
For those looking to travel via the Air VTL between Malaysia and Singapore, it has been mentioned that they will start with six daily designated services in each direction between Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Changi Airport.
Additional services and other new entry/exit points in Malaysia and Singapore may be added subsequently upon mutual agreement.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has said it will operate 10 weekly return VTL services between Singapore and KL from Nov 29. These flights are SQ108, SQ107, SQ122 and SQ121. The flights will be open for booking from 10am on Friday (Nov 19).
SIA’s budget arm, Scoot, will operate four weekly designated flights between Singapore and KL. These flights are TR472 and T473. AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Malaysia Airlines, and Malindo Air will also operate VTL flights.
For those looking to travel to Singapore via Air VTL, you will need to present a valid passport or recognised travel document to show that you have remained in Singapore and/or Malaysia in the past 14 consecutive days.
You will also need to present a valid vaccination certificate, a negative pre-departure Covid-19 test result, and a mobile device with the MySejahtera app.
The good news is that there’s no need to get an application to travel to Malaysia under the VTL. But your result must be negative for a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction swab test taken within two days before departure for Malaysia. This test will have to be done at a facility recognised by the health authorities in either Singapore or Malaysia.
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