Malaysia and Singapore announced a Vaccinated Travel Lane to resume cross-border travel for vaccinated travellers
Vaccinated travellers will be able to travel between KL International Airport and Changi Airport without the need to quarantine from 29 November.
Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) in a joint statement to progressively resume cross-border travel between both countries.
"The Prime Ministers recognised that COVID-19 has disrupted people to people connections between the two countries, and separated families for many months.
"Given the significant progress that both countries have made in vaccinating their respective populations and managing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Ministers agreed that it is timely to progressively resume cross-border travel between both countries, in a safe manner,” said the Prime Ministers in the statement.
The statement further added that under the VTL, fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel between the two countries and be subjected to COVID-19 tests in lieu of serving quarantine or Stay-Home notice. However, the VTL is currently only for air travel and the Prime Ministers look forward to restoring travel across the land links in the near future.
“The VTL is another important milestone in the longstanding Malaysia-Singapore cooperation. It will allow travel as our two countries gradually reopen our borders responsibly by balancing the need to recover our economies while ensuring the safety and health of our people from COVID-19.
“I look forward to effective implementation of this travel scheme, adding to those we already have developed previously to facilitate movements of people and goods between Malaysia and Singapore,” said Dato’ Sri Ismail in the statement.
A total of six designated flights will be available for the VTL with applications to begin from 22 November. Currently, travellers will need to submit their negative pre-departure PCR swab test with another PCR test upon arrival and to self-quarantine.
Malaysia has gradually reopened its economy as the infection rates have slowed due to the vaccination programme. According to the Ministry of Health’s COVIDNOW website, it stated that 95.2% of Malaysian adults are fully vaccinated with 97.6% of Malaysian adults have gotten their first dose of the vaccine.