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MY-SG VTL Reopens For Travellers, But Only At 50% Capacity, Says KKM

MY-SG VTL Reopens For Travellers, But Only At 50% Capacity, Says KKM

The VTL was closed for a month after multiple Omicron cases were detected.

Hakim Hassan

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The sale of bus and flight tickets via the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Malaysia and Singapore will be reopened with immediate effect on 21 January 2022, according to the Health Ministry.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in a statement that for now, the ticket quota sold will be reduced by 50% in bus and flight capacity.

However, for passengers who have already purchased tickets for travel dates after January 20, 2022 before the announcement of the suspension of ticket sales is made, they are allowed to continue traveling using this initiative according to the quota that has been set previously.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin

On 22 December 2021, KKM announced the temporary suspension of bus and flight ticket sales for the Malaysia-Singapore “Vaccinated Travel Land (VTL)” effective for the period 23 December 2021 to 20 January 2022.

He mentioned the timeline for the increase in ticket sales quota will depend on the risk assessment that will be conducted from time to time on an ongoing basis by KKM based on the current Covid-19 situation in both countries.

In line with the KKM’s previous announcement on strengthening measures to the existing prevention and control measures for travelers from abroad, including travelers arriving at Malaysia’s international gateways through the VTL initiative, Khairy reminded travelers using the Malaysia-Singapore VTL platform to test themselves via two ways:

  • RTK-Ag test or rapid antigen test (self) on the 2nd, 4th, and 6th day after arrival;
  • RTK-Ag test or rapid antigen test (professional) on the 3rd and 5th day after arrival.

KKM would like to advise all travelers to be responsible and always abide by the instructions and SOPs that have been set. Perform the Covid -19 detection test according to the prescribed regulations to determine the risk status of oneself and reduce the risk of infection to other individuals. It is also to ensure that cross-border travel involving the Malaysia-Singapore VTL scheme can continue to be implemented safely.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin

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