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    Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel lane to open November 29.2021

    A Singapore-Malaysia vaccinated travel lane is set to open on November 29 after all issues are resolved. The move is the first step in reopening travel between the 2 countries. Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore, Datuk Azfar Mohamad Mustafar, says issues including testing regimes, cross-border processes, and health are now being ironed out before its opening. But he says the reopening would not see pre-Covid travel levels, which were almost 200,000 to 300,000 people crossing daily.

    “These are minor issues that I am sure will be sorted out soon. For a start, we would need to have a controlled opening. That means limiting the number of daily commuters.”
    He also added that the land VTL would be more attractive than previous cross-border schemes as travellers would not be required to enter quarantine on either side of the border. Azfar confirmed that when the VTL opens, public transport such as trains and buses would be acceptable as those transportation methods would be easier to manage instead of allowing people to drive their own cars and motorbikes across the Causeway.

    Currently, Malaysia has 2 land crossings with Singaporethrough the Second Link and Causeway. On Monday, the 2 countries announced the reopening of their mutual border with the VTL between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Changi Airport starting November 29.2021

    Fully-vaccinated travellers will be able to travel between the 2 countries, but they must take a Covid-19 test if they want to skip quarantine or stay-home notice.

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    Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane starts November 22.2021, 6 Airlines offer Flights

    With Singapore and Malaysia’s so-called “Vaccinated Travel Lane” launching Monday, allowing quarantine-free travel for those going to and from the two countries, six airlines will offer flights under the scheme. AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Scoot, and Singapore Airlines are set to fly between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur under VTL programme, starting Monday, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, or CAAS.

    CAAS says applications for the Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane scheme , or VTL, will open at 10am onward from Monday and passengers can choose from six designated airlines in each destination. The immigration office of Malaysia said long-term pass holders and short-term tourists wanting to enter Singapore can apply for a pass to use the VTL whilst Singapore citizens, permanent residents, and children under the age of 12 are exempt from the application process.

    Passengers must be completely vaccinated against Covid-19 using a vaccine that is recognized by both countries’ health authorities. Children under the age of 12 will not be required to produce proof of immunisation.
    Travellers arriving at Changi Airport will be required to self-isolate after leaving the airport and wait for the results of their Covid-19 on arrival PCR swab test for up to 24 hours.

    Those arriving at KL International Airport, on the other hand, will most likely receive their swab test results in one to three hours. Prior to immigration, they will have to wait for the results in a designated waiting room.

    According to Hasni Mohammad, Chief Minister of Johor, the land border crossing between Singapore and Malaysia in Johor Bahru via the Causeway and Second Link will also open “quarantine-free travel” on the same day with air travel between two countries under the VTL.

    Only long-term pass holders working or employed in Singapore and Johor Bahru will be able to cross the land border.