The daily passenger quota for the land vaccinated travel lane (VTL) between Singapore and Malaysia will be increased from 2,160 slots to 3,420 slots starting from 14 March onwards.
The announcement comes from both Malaysia and Singapore as they continue to work on allowing more fully-vaccinated travellers to travel across the borders, said a spokesperson for Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).
The increase in quota would allow even more fully vaccinated people to travel across via the Causeway without being subject to quarantine and other related requirements, said Malaysia’s transport ministry.
Goal to Open Borders Fully By April
This development signals Malaysia’s plan to fully re-open their borders by 1 April as the country begins to make their move to embrace a COVID-19 endemic phase.
That means lesser headaches for fully vaccinated people who wish to travel to Malaysia as they will not be subjected to quarantine. Travellers will only have to undergo a COVID-19 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test two days before they depart for their trip and a professional COVID-19 rapid test kit-antigen (RTK-Ag) test within 24 hours after their arrival in Malaysia.
Discussion Still On For Other Transport Routes
As of 8 March, Singapore’s MTI currently is still working with its Malaysian counterparts to expand the land VTL arrangement to allow vaccinated travellers to enter Malaysia via other transport routes.
Meaning arrangements for private drivers travelling from Singapore is still underway—so mai kan cheong please.
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Current Arrangements for Land and Air VTL with Malaysia
Under the land VTL, travellers from Singapore are able to commute between Singapore and Johor Bahru by taking the designated bus services across the Causeway. The bus operators offering these services are Transtar Travel and Handal Indah.
Travellers going via the land VTL will have to get a negative pre-departure polymerase chain reaction (PCR ) test results or antigen rapid test (ART) result within two days before departure for Singapore.
Upon arriving in Singapore, travellers can either take a supervised self-administered ART at Woodlands and Queen Street Bus Terminals, or choose to take the test at any quick test centre or combined test centre within 24 hours of arrival in Singapore.
For air VTL travellers, flights are available between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport with flights extending to include Penang from 16 March onwards.
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