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(Updated) A Complete Guide to the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Malaysia-Singapore

03 Mar 2022
(Updated) A Complete Guide to the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Malaysia-Singapore

A Brief Understanding on Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Malaysia-Singapore

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Starting from the 29th of November 2021, fully vaccinated travellers from Malaysia may enter Singapore and vice versa without quarantine via the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) framework. Travellers can travel by air and land. This framework will offer opportunities for both countries to reopen the land border in a gradual, safe, systematic, and sustainable manner. For now, those who choose to travel by land will have to use the designated bus services. This is a temporary control measure as other modes of transportation will be included in stages.

*Sale of flight and bus tickets for the vaccinated travel lane (VTL) will be suspended starting until 20th January 2022.


*All Malaysian and Singaporean citizens will be able to cross the border via the Vaccinated Travel Lane for land crossings (VTL-Land) effective Dec 20.

A Brief Understanding on Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Malaysia-Singapore

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Starting from the 29th of November 2021, fully vaccinated travellers from Malaysia may enter Singapore and vice versa without quarantine via the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) framework. Travellers can travel by air and land. This framework will offer opportunities for both countries to reopen the land border in a gradual, safe, systematic, and sustainable manner. For now, those who choose to travel by land will have to use the designated bus services. This is a temporary control measure as other modes of transportation will be included in stages.

*Sale of flight and bus tickets for the vaccinated travel lane (VTL) will be suspended starting until 20th January 2022.


*All Malaysian and Singaporean citizens will be able to cross the border via the Vaccinated Travel Lane for land crossings (VTL-Land) effective Dec 20.

Travellers Quota (Daily)

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Not more than 3,000 travellers (1,500 travellers each way) are allowed to enter and leave both countries via 32 bus trips each way. Of the 32 buses in Malaysia, there will be 16 trips to Malaysia and 16 trips to Singapore, the same applies to Singapore. There will be a weekly increment to this quota.

Travellers Quota (Daily)

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Not more than 3,000 travellers (1,500 travellers each way) are allowed to enter and leave both countries via 32 bus trips each way. Of the 32 buses in Malaysia, there will be 16 trips to Malaysia and 16 trips to Singapore, the same applies to Singapore. There will be a weekly increment to this quota.

Who is eligible for VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane)?

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Citizens of Malaysia or Singapore permanent residents of Malaysia or Singapore long-term pass holders of the country that they are entering (E.g: work permit, employment pass, students pass and long-term visit pass).

Who is eligible for VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane)?

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Citizens of Malaysia or Singapore permanent residents of Malaysia or Singapore long-term pass holders of the country that they are entering (E.g: work permit, employment pass, students pass and long-term visit pass).

Requirements for Travellers

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Travellers to Singapore

  • Must remain in Malaysia or any other VTL country, any country/region in Category I of Singapore Ministry of Health’s Country/Region Classification for Border Measures and/or Singapore in the last 14 consecutive days before departing for Singapore.
  • Completed a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine (received all the required number of dose(s) plus isolation period after that) recognised by the Singapore Ministry of Health and/or approved under the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing.
  • Children aged 12 years and below must be accompanied by a VTL traveller who meets all the VTL requirements for entry into Singapore (age of the child will be based on the calendar year).

  • Children aged 12 years and below do not have to show vaccination proof.

  • Purchase mandatory travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs.

  • Must carry along an electronic or physical copy of their insurance policy to facilitate entry into Singapore.
  • *Prior to purchasing any tickets, travellers using the VTL-Land are required to register at https://go.gov.sg/vtl-portal.
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Travellers to Malaysia

  • Must remain in Singapore and/or Malaysia in the last 14 consecutive days before departing for Malaysia.

  • Completed a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine (received all the required number of dose(s) plus isolation period after that) recognised by the Ministry of Health of Malaysia and/or approved under the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing.

  • Children aged 12 years and below must be accompanied by a VTL traveller who meets all the VTL requirements for entry into Malaysia (age of the child will be based on their date of birth).

  • Children aged 12 years and below do not have to show vaccination proof.

  • Short-term visitors (including business and official travellers) must purchase a return ticket and mandatory travel insurance with a minimum coverage of RM100,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs.

  • Must carry along an electronic or physical copy of their insurance policy to facilitate their entry into Malaysia.

    • *Prior to purchasing any tickets, travellers using the VTL-Land are required to register at https://mysafetravel.gov.my
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    COVID-19 Test

    Pre-departure

    • Undergo a professionally administered COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure for Singapore and Malaysia respectively, at an internationally accredited or recognised laboratory, clinic, or medical facility recognised by the Ministry of Health of Malaysia or the Singapore Ministry of Health, and be tested negative.
    • A pre-departure or on-arrival RT-PCR negative test result can be accepted for one or more flights, as long as the test is taken within 48 hours before departure.

    On-arrival

    Travellers arriving in Malaysia

    • Must register and make payment for the on-arrival COVID-19 RT-PCR Test at the BP Clinical Lab Health Screening Centre at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
    • Wait at the designated waiting area for their results (within 1-3 hours). If it's confirmed negative, they can proceed to immigration.

      Travellers arriving in Singapore:

      • All travellers must undergo the antigen rapid test (ART). After undergoing the on-arrival antigen rapid test (ART) at Changi Airport (for air travellers), travellers must immediately take private transportation (taxi or private hire car ) from the airport to the declared accommodation. Public bus or train is not allowed. Land travellers are required to make an e-payment for the ART at the testing centre directly.
      • Must isolate (alone or with household members who are vaccinated and have the same travel history, arrival date and self-isolation requirements) until their test result is confirmed to be negative (available within 24 hours).
      • Must undergo tests daily for 7 days upon arrival.

      Requirements for Travellers

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      Travellers to Singapore

      • Must remain in Malaysia or any other VTL country, any country/region in Category I of Singapore Ministry of Health’s Country/Region Classification for Border Measures and/or Singapore in the last 14 consecutive days before departing for Singapore.
      • Completed a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine (received all the required number of dose(s) plus isolation period after that) recognised by the Singapore Ministry of Health and/or approved under the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing.
      • Children aged 12 years and below must be accompanied by a VTL traveller who meets all the VTL requirements for entry into Singapore (age of the child will be based on the calendar year).

      • Children aged 12 years and below do not have to show vaccination proof.

      • Purchase mandatory travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs.

      • Must carry along an electronic or physical copy of their insurance policy to facilitate entry into Singapore.
      • *Prior to purchasing any tickets, travellers using the VTL-Land are required to register at https://go.gov.sg/vtl-portal.
      Image Credit: straitstimes.com

      Travellers to Malaysia

      • Must remain in Singapore and/or Malaysia in the last 14 consecutive days before departing for Malaysia.

      • Completed a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine (received all the required number of dose(s) plus isolation period after that) recognised by the Ministry of Health of Malaysia and/or approved under the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing.

      • Children aged 12 years and below must be accompanied by a VTL traveller who meets all the VTL requirements for entry into Malaysia (age of the child will be based on their date of birth).

      • Children aged 12 years and below do not have to show vaccination proof.

      • Short-term visitors (including business and official travellers) must purchase a return ticket and mandatory travel insurance with a minimum coverage of RM100,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs.

      • Must carry along an electronic or physical copy of their insurance policy to facilitate their entry into Malaysia.

        • *Prior to purchasing any tickets, travellers using the VTL-Land are required to register at https://mysafetravel.gov.my
        Image Credit: shutterstock.com

        COVID-19 Test

        Pre-departure

        • Undergo a professionally administered COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure for Singapore and Malaysia respectively, at an internationally accredited or recognised laboratory, clinic, or medical facility recognised by the Ministry of Health of Malaysia or the Singapore Ministry of Health, and be tested negative.
        • A pre-departure or on-arrival RT-PCR negative test result can be accepted for one or more flights, as long as the test is taken within 48 hours before departure.

        On-arrival

        Travellers arriving in Malaysia

        • Must register and make payment for the on-arrival COVID-19 RT-PCR Test at the BP Clinical Lab Health Screening Centre at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
        • Wait at the designated waiting area for their results (within 1-3 hours). If it's confirmed negative, they can proceed to immigration.

          Travellers arriving in Singapore:

          • All travellers must undergo the antigen rapid test (ART). After undergoing the on-arrival antigen rapid test (ART) at Changi Airport (for air travellers), travellers must immediately take private transportation (taxi or private hire car ) from the airport to the declared accommodation. Public bus or train is not allowed. Land travellers are required to make an e-payment for the ART at the testing centre directly.
          • Must isolate (alone or with household members who are vaccinated and have the same travel history, arrival date and self-isolation requirements) until their test result is confirmed to be negative (available within 24 hours).
          • Must undergo tests daily for 7 days upon arrival.

          How to Travel?

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          Air

          Travellers under the VTL must travel on non-stop designated services between Malaysia and Singapore, operated by either Malaysia or Singapore air carriers. Transfer/ transit passengers will not be allowed on these designated services.


          Land

          The maximum capacity per trip is 45 passengers. Travellers who arrive in Singapore via other means, such as private transport or walking across the Causeway, will be subjected to prevailing border control measures. Travellers are only allowed to travel using the following bus services

          • Transtar Travel: operates between Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange in Singapore and Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru.

          • Handal Indah: operates between Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal and Queen Street Terminal in Singapore.

          Tickets have to be purchased at least 3 days ahead of the date of travel and they can be purchased here: www.causewaylink.com.my and www.transtar.travel

          Bus Operating Hours
          • From Singapore: 9.30 am to 7.30 pm
          • From Johor: 7.30 am to 6.45 pm

          Check-in at least 2 hours before departure time.

          How to Travel?

          Image Credit: www.thestar.com.my

          Air

          Travellers under the VTL must travel on non-stop designated services between Malaysia and Singapore, operated by either Malaysia or Singapore air carriers. Transfer/ transit passengers will not be allowed on these designated services.


          Land

          The maximum capacity per trip is 45 passengers. Travellers who arrive in Singapore via other means, such as private transport or walking across the Causeway, will be subjected to prevailing border control measures. Travellers are only allowed to travel using the following bus services

          • Transtar Travel: operates between Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange in Singapore and Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru.

          • Handal Indah: operates between Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal and Queen Street Terminal in Singapore.

          Tickets have to be purchased at least 3 days ahead of the date of travel and they can be purchased here: www.causewaylink.com.my and www.transtar.travel

          Bus Operating Hours
          • From Singapore: 9.30 am to 7.30 pm
          • From Johor: 7.30 am to 6.45 pm

          Check-in at least 2 hours before departure time.

          Travel Process (step by step guide)

          The following steps and procedures should be followed for pre-departure, check-in, arrival and during the stay in the country.

          Travel Process (step by step guide)

          The following steps and procedures should be followed for pre-departure, check-in, arrival and during the stay in the country.

          Air: From Malaysia to Singapore

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          Image Credit: caas.gov.sg
          For more details and the latest updates, Click here.

          Air: From Malaysia to Singapore

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          Image Credit: caas.gov.sg
          For more details and the latest updates, Click here.

          Air: Singapore to Malaysia

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          For more details and the latest updates, Click here.

          Air: Singapore to Malaysia

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          For more details and the latest updates, Click here.

          Land (for both countries)

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          Image Credit: Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia

          For more details and the lastest updates, you may refer to MITI website and ICA website.

          Land (for both countries)

          Image Credit: Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia
          Image Credit: Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia

          For more details and the lastest updates, you may refer to MITI website and ICA website.

          Upon Arrival

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          • Remember to download the MySejahtera app if you are in Malaysia or the Trace Together app if you are in Singapore.
          • MySejahtera: Children aged below 12 years old who are travelling with their parents/legal guardians can be registered as dependents of the parents/legal guardians in the MySejahtera app.
          • TraceTogether: Children who are aged 7 to 12 years (in the current calendar year) and those unable to use a mobile device due to a certified disability or special needs are eligible to be issued TraceTogether  tokens. Children aged 6 years or younger are exempted from the TraceTogether.
          • Both countries require the people to wear their masks and practice social distancing.

          Upon Arrival

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          • Remember to download the MySejahtera app if you are in Malaysia or the Trace Together app if you are in Singapore.
          • MySejahtera: Children aged below 12 years old who are travelling with their parents/legal guardians can be registered as dependents of the parents/legal guardians in the MySejahtera app.
          • TraceTogether: Children who are aged 7 to 12 years (in the current calendar year) and those unable to use a mobile device due to a certified disability or special needs are eligible to be issued TraceTogether  tokens. Children aged 6 years or younger are exempted from the TraceTogether.
          • Both countries require the people to wear their masks and practice social distancing.

          We will update this blog post from time to time, so stay tuned. Stay safe guys!😘

          We will update this blog post from time to time, so stay tuned. Stay safe guys!😘

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