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First Singapore-Penang VTL Flight Arrived at PIA

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Ariani Mohd Nor
First Singapore-Penang VTL flight arrive at PIA

Penang becomes the second destination under the Singapore-Malaysia VTL Programme

Penang becomes the second Malaysia destination after Kuala Lumpur to receive passengers under the Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Programme. On 16 March 2022, Penang International Airport (PIA) saw the arrival of its first 60 passengers travelling under the Singapore-Penang VTL programme. AirAsia’s flight AK1730 touched down at 6.40 pm and was received the water cannon salute.

Managing Director Dato’ Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said that this initiative is expected to yield positive outcomes as it would stimulate international traffic and tourism, leading to economic growth.

All arriving passengers were welcomed by the airport community (Photo by: IG @jsnaviation)

“PIA has always been the second busiest airport after KL International Airport (KLIA) in terms of international passenger traffic so expanding the programme to include Penang will contribute to the revitalisation of our tourism industry.

Subsequently, on the same day, Singapore Airlines' flight SQ0138 arrived at PIA with 154 passengers (Photo by: IG @syhfqspotter)

“Penang is also a gateway to the northern states therefore this can benefit neighbouring states such as Kedah, Perak and Perlis as well,” he said adding that Malaysia Airports is expecting more than 1,000 VTL passenger movements during the first week of operations.

As the nation transitions into the endemic phase and gears up for border reopening, Malaysia Airports continue to work closely with authorities to improve services and facilities at the airport to deliver the best customer experience while also ensuring health and safety protocols.

Thus, passengers arriving through the VTL travel programme are to adhere to the ‘Test and Release’ arrival process.

Dato’ Iskandar Mizal said the enhanced process meant passengers no longer need to wait for their test results at the airport.

“Instead, they can immediately take private transportation, taxi, or private hire car from the airport to their declared accommodation in their MySejahtera Home Surveillance Order (HSO) upon clearing immigration. This will provide greater flexibility and comfort to VTL travellers while they wait for their test results which will be provided within 24 hours,” he said.

VTL passengers can immediately transport to their declared Home Surveillance Order (HSO) accommodation through the MySejahtera app after immigration clearance. Once the test result is declared negative, their HSO status in MySejahtera will be lifted and they can proceed with their activities in Malaysia.

All VTL passengers are reminded to observe the following guidelines prior to their arrival in Malaysia:

  • Undergo a professionally administered COVID-19 RT/PCR test within 2 days before departure.
  • Always check with the respective authorities on travel eligibilities and requirements before heading to the airport.
  • Ensure that all documents and declarations are completed before check-in.
  • Download or update the MySejahtera application and fill up the relevant forms (Pre-Departure Form and MySafeTravel VTL) under the Traveller tab.
  • Pre-book COVID-19 screening test at airport.doctor2u.myfor arrivals in KLIA and for arrivals in PIA.
  • Purchase mandatory travel insurance with a minimum coverage of RM100,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs.

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