Malaysia has temporarily suspended the VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) with Singapore, due to the Omicron variant!
Here is what you need to know…
Singapore – Malaysia VTL : What Is It?
Announced in November 2021, the Singapore – Malaysia VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) allows fully-vaccinated citizens of both countries to travel, without being subjected to a mandatory quarantine.
There are currently two VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) options between Singapore and Malaysia :
- By Air : Between Changi Airport in Singapore, and KLIA in Malaysia
- By Land : At the Johor Bahru Causeway.
Read more : Latest Singapore-Malaysia VTL Air Travel Guide!
Read more : Singapore-Malaysia VTL Land (Causeway) Travel Guide!
Singapore – Malaysia VTL Suspended Due To Omicron Variant!
On 22 December 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin announced a temporary suspension of the Singapore – Malaysia VTL, due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
In his statement, he pointed out that the Singapore Ministry of Health announced a local cluster of three COVID-19 cases, of which two were likely of the Omicron variant, while the other case is still pending. All three cases did not have history of overseas travel.
In light of that development, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) decided to temporarily suspend the VTL with Singapore from Thursday, 23 December, 2021 until Thursday, 20 January 2022.
Travellers who have already purchased tickets for Land or Air VTL, and still comply with the VTL requirements can continue with their travel plans.
Bus and plane ticket sales for both Air and Land VTL initiatives will reopen on 21 January 2022, after a risk assessment is conducted in both countries. However, the ticket quota will be lower than the current limit.
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