The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Singapore and Malaysia allows for quarantine-free air travel!
Here is what you need to know about the Singapore to Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane!
Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Announced!
After almost 2 years of border closures, Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to launch a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) on 8 November 2021.
From 29 November 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated individuals will be allowed to travel between Changi Airport and KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport).
Travellers using this Vaccinated Travel Lane will NOT be required to serve any quarantine or Stay-Home-Notice. They will only be required to take COVID-19 tests!
Singapore and Malaysia are also working to restore land links between Johor and Singapore in the near future. Both Prime Ministers of Singapore and Malaysia noted the good progress in the ongoing detailed discussions on a similar vaccinated travel scheme, to reopen the Causeway and Second Link.
In the meantime, this new Vaccinated Travel Lane will finally allow families in both countries to be reunited, and for some normalcy to be restored between Malaysia and Singapore.
However, I should point out that this VTL scheme will NOT be cheap, as you will need to undergo several COVID-19 tests.
Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Guide : Singapore To Malaysia
On 19 November 2021, the Immigration Department of Malaysia released details of the Vaccinated Travel Lane rules for people travelling from Singapore to Malaysia.
- Travellers must remain in Singapore and/or Malaysia in the last 14 consecutive days.
- Travellers must be fully-vaccinated with the full regimen of COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM), at least two weeks before arrival in Malaysia.
- Travellers must book a designated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flight into Malaysia.
- Travellers must register and pay for the on-arrival COVID-19 RT-PCR test at https://www.airport.doctor2u.my
- Travellers must take a separate COVID-19 RT-PCR test within 2 days before departure.
- Travellers must download and register the MySejahtera app.
- MyTravelPass is not required.
- Short-term visitors, including business and official travellers, must :
a) apply for visa (if required),
b) purchase a return ticket, and
c) purchase COVID-19 travel insurance (minimum RM 100,000 coverage)
- Travellers will need to present these documents at check-in :
a) Travel document (passport / electronic visit pass)
b) Valid vaccination certificate (physical or electronic)
c) Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate
d) MySejahtera app with registered profile
- Short-term visitors, including business and official travellers, only will also require to present these at check in :
a) visa (if required)
b) return ticket
c) proof of purchase of COVID-19 travel insurance (physical or electronic)
- Take the on-arrival COVID-19 RT-PCR test, and wait 1-3 hours at the designated area in the airport for the test results.
- After obtaining a negative RT-PCR test result, proceed to the arrival immigration and present the following :
a) Travel document (passport / electronic visit pass)
b) Boarding Pass
c) Visa (if required)
d) Return ticket (applicable to all, except Permanent Residents of Malaysia and holders of Long-Term Passes).
Stay In Malaysia
- Travellers must adhere to the current public health measures
- Travellers must activate MySejahtera app at all times.
Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Guide : Malaysia To Singapore
The Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) released details of the Vaccinated Travel Lane rules for travel to and from Malaysia :
- The joint VTL between Singapore and Malaysia is limited to travel between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), starting on 29 November 2021.
- Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) applications for Short-Term Visitors and Singapore Permanent Residents will commence on 22 November 2021 – returning Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who are fully-vaccinated will not need to apply.
The Singapore Minister of Transportation also announced that :
- Applications for VTL will open on 22 November 2021.
- Travellers to Singapore will be required to present a negative PCR test, or a professionally-administer ART (Antigen Rapid Test) taken 48 hours prior to departure.
- Travellers to Singapore will be subjected to a PCR test on arrival.
- Travellers must be fully-vaccinated with a WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccine, at least two weeks before arrival in Singapore.
- Unvaccinated travellers who are 12 years and below in the calendar year can travel to Singapore via the VTL if accompanied by a fully-vaccinated VTL traveller.
- Travellers must be able to provide the Digital Certificate for COVID-19 Vaccination, either downloaded or shown on the MySejahtera app.
- Travellers must have only travelled to, or transited through any VTL countries (like Malaysia) or Category I countries (like Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, Taiwan) in the last 14 consecutive days before departure to Singapore.
- Travellers must travel to Singapore on a designated VTL flight from Malaysia.
- Foreign short-term visitors must purchase a suitable travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 against COVID-19 related medical charges from a Singapore or overseas-based insurer.
- Foreign short-term visitors that require a visa to enter Singapore, must apply fro a visa.
- Travellers, except those aged 2 and below in the calendar year, must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test / Antigen Rapid Test within 2 days before departure to Singapore.
- Travellers under the VTL do not need a return flight ticket to enter Singapore.
Applying To Travel Under VTL
- Singapore citizens and permanent residents do not need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass, but must comply with the VTL requirements.
- Unvaccinated children of Singapore citizens and permanent residents, aged 12 and below, do not need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass either.
- Foreign visitors, including Short-Term Visitors and Long-Term Pass Holders, must apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass from 22 November 2021 (10 AM SGT) onwards.
- Children aged 12 and below accompanying foreign visitors do not need to apply.
- All applications must be submitted between 7 and 60 days before the intended date of entry into Singapore.
- Every Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) is valid for 6 calendar days from the traveller’s chose date of entry.
- Travellers must carry along an electronic / physical copy of these documents to present to the airline staff and immigration officers.
|Documents||Singapore Citizens &
|Accepted Proof of Vaccination
|Valid Vaccinated Travel Pass
|COVID-19 Insurance Policy||X||X||✓|
|Valid Visa (If Required)||X||X||✓|
On-Arrival PCR Test
- Travellers, except children aged 2 and below in the calendar year, are required to undergo a PCR test on arrival in Singapore.
- After taking the PCR test, travellers must immediately take private transportation, taxi or private hire car (e.g. GrabSHN, Go-Jek, MVL(TADA), Ryde to their declared place of accommodation.
- Travellers may also be picked up from the airport by their company / family member / friend in a private vehicle, but there should be no more than one person picking up the traveller from the airport.
- All persons in the private vehicle must wear face masks throughout the journey.
- Travellers must travel directly to their declared place of accommodation to await their COVID-19 PCR test results.
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