M’sia Resumes Sales of VTL Tickets Between S’pore & M’sia

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Just in time for Chinese New Year celebrations and reunions, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has decided to reopen the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) which was previously suspended from 23 December 2021 until 20 January 2022.

The bad news is that the MOH has also decided to halve the number of bus and air tickets available.

If I start playing the Hokkien song ‘Jit Lang Jit Pua’ (Half For Both of Us), I feel like many Malaysians and Singaporeans are going to take off their shoes and throw them at me, so I think it’s best if I refrain.

Tickets can’t be split into halves like that anyway.

Resumption of Vaccinated Travel Lane

The Vaccinated Travel Lane had initially been suspended in December because Singapore had detected a COVID-19 cluster involving the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

After conducting a risk evaluation of the current COVID-19 conditions in both countries, Health Minister Khairy Hamaluddin finally announced in a statement that ticket sales can be resumed but the ticket quota will be halved.

Any increase or decrease of the quotas will be based on risk assessments that will be conducted from time to time.

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Quarantine-Free Air Travels

Similar to the previous arrangements, there are still mandatory procedures that a traveller must go through.

For instance, air travellers are reminded to adhere to the requirements of the 7-day daily testing regime outlined in the VTL (Air) Checklist.

It includes having to do a personal RTK-Ag antigen test on the second, fourth and sixth day after arrival and a professional RTK-Ag test on the third and fifth day after arrival, as well as ensuring that you have been administered a full vaccination regime.

This also includes obtaining a Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test in Singapore for Oversea Travels from selected clinics, and they must be done less than 38 hours before the flight.

MOH asks “all travellers to be responsible and adhere to the steps of procedure to reduce the risk of infection.”

For Land Travels to Malaysia

Naturally, only fully vaccinated persons are allowed entry into Malaysia, whereas for children under the ages of 12, they must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

Secondly, ensure that your vaccine certificate is uploaded to MySafeTravel two days before the travelling commences.

Thirdly, take a professionally administered Rapid Antigen-based (RT-PCR) test before the land travel and upload the results immediately upon receiving it.


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In a nutshell, check the relevant travelling websites and follow the COVID-19 safety protocols! Safe travels everyone!

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