Johor Minister Said the Limit on the First Week of Land VTL is Only at About 200 People Per Day

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that Malaysians who are stuck in Singapore for over a year can finally head back to Malaysia to see their family by the end of this month.

However, there might be a new obstacle – it seems that only 1,440 people can cross the borders in the first week.

Johor Minister Said the Limit on the First Week of Land VTL is Only at About 200 People Per Day

As part of their pilot test, around 1,440 people are expected to be able to travel between Johor and Singapore in the first week of the land vaccinated travel lane (VTL), according to Johor Menteri Besar Hasni Mohammad.

Now, do note it’s 1,440 people per week, not per day. This means it could be just about 200 people per day.

However, depending on the success of the initial implementation, more people will be allowed to use the land VTL gradually.

People can expect the limit to be increased to 2,500 per week the next week and 5,000 the week after.

It is still up in the air whether these people will be crossing the borders via public transportation or in their own private vehicles.

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Although the media in Malaysia reported that the borders between Singapore and Johor will reopen on 29 Nov, it was actually not fully confirmed by both countries’ governments, though Minister Gan Kim Yong did say that there’s a possibility that this will happen.

The air VTL will also take effect on the same date as the land VTL – 29 Nov.

Who Will Benefit From the VTL?

According to Mr Hasni, the state government is urging the federal government to allow the same category of travellers as in the air VTL between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Changi Airport to be allowed to use the land VTL as well.

Aside from that, there is an estimated amount of 100,000 Malaysians stuck in Singapore since the borders were closed. This reopening can help these people reunite with the family once again.

Day Trips May Not Be Possible

According to various observers, the opening of this land VTL does not automatically mean you can rush over to get your delicious and cheap JB laksa.

Instead, day trips are not possible for the time being. Only those who are working in Johor Bahru or Singapore can cross the borders. Do remember, this is an alpha testing stage so things are not 100% stable yet.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry said details will be finalised soon, but one of its priorities will be to allow workers to reunite with their families.

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