KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia and Singapore have jointly announced that both countries will begin cross-border air travel through the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) which will begin from November 29. This was announced by both Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on November 8.
As both countries have made good progress with vaccinating their population against COVID-19, the two governments have agreed to progressively resume cross border which will help revive the economy, restore people-to-people ties and strengthen the bilateral partnership.
Under the VTL arrangement, travellers who are fully vaccinated will be able to travel between Malaysia and Singapore without quarantine but they would need to undergo a COVID-19 test. The VTL will start between Singapore’s Changi International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport from November 29.
Both governments are still in discussion to open up cross-border travel by land through the Causeway and the Second Link. They are also looking at launching a similar VTL scheme between Johor and Singapore in the near future.
As of November 7, Malaysia has fully vaccinated over 24.5 million people or 75.2% of its total population. Meanwhile, Singapore has fully vaccinated over 4.7 million or 85% of its total population as of November 6.
In terms of new COVID-19 cases, Singapore currently has a 7-day average of 2,851 cases, while Malaysia has a 7-day average of 4,952 cases per day.
Last month, Malaysia has lifted interstate travel restrictions after 90% of adults have been fully vaccinated. Only fully vaccinated adults are allowed to board flights and Sabah currently requires travellers to provide a certified negative COVID-19 test result before entering the state.
The government has also announced that it will open up Langkawi for international tourists under a travel bubble from November 15.
Besides Malaysia, Singapore had also announced VTL with 13 other countries which include Australia, Switzerland, South Korea, Germany and Brunei.