Singapore & Malaysia - VTL Opens!

Anita Duffin on 29 November 2021

Finally! Very welcome and relieved news for both the travel industry and of course family and friends, with Malaysia and Singapore announcing VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) arrivals between both countries.

Taking effect from today (Nov 29), both VTL Land and VTL Air arrivals are now available. The quarantine free entry by land applies to Malaysian and Singaporean citizens and permanent residents, and long-term pass holders who are employed or working in Singapore or Johor Baru, with 32 bus trips each day.

The VTL by air launches with six designated services between Changi Airport and KLIA each day. This is the first VTL initiative for Malaysia, a very welcome announcement considering the close ties between the two countries. 

In lieu of quarantine, fully vaccinated arriving passengers will be required to undertake an On-arrival rapid antigen test (ART). 

Family reunions will no doubt abound, which will hopefully in turn impact the Travel Activity sector as celebrations in both destinations boost visits to local attractions and activities.

According to the Straits Times, prior to the pandemic, the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur air route was the world’s busiest international air link, operated by eight carriers with an average of 82 flights a day.

Welcome back neighbours!!

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Anita Duffin
Working as a journalist and communications specialist in Asia for over 15 years, Anita's words have delivered travel industry insights, introduced cover story people profiles, and inspired travellers to experience the roads less travelled. Her Asian path continues as VP of Sales, Marketing & Communications for BeMyGuest, with no obvious desire to return to her Australian homeland, except for fab holidays.