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Updated 25 November 2021
Authorities from both countries have confirmed the bilateral Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme between Singapore and Malaysia will soon be operational. Travellers from both countries may travel between the two countries via the land and air VTL set to be officially implemented on 29 November.
Here we take a look at the latest details concerning the Singapore – Malaysia land VTL; eligibility, requirements, designated bus services, and more.
Singapore – Malaysia Land VTL explained
The land VTL is a bilateral travel arrangement between Singapore and Malaysia allowing travellers from both countries to travel between them via the Causeway. All travellers eligible for the land VTL will not be required to serve quarantine upon arrival.
Who are eligible for the land VTL?
For the initial phase, the land VTL will only facilitate citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders of the country they are departing to. This means that entry to Singapore will be limited to Singaporean citizens, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders.
Conversely, only Malaysian citizens, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders will be able to access the causeway and enter Malaysia.
Foreign tourists and approval holders of a Singapore-issued long-term pass are effectively excluded from the arrangement. At least for the time being. Both governments will eventually expand the land VTL to accommodate other travellers. As per the latest announcement, the Singapore – Malaysia land VTL will be extended in the coming weeks.
What are the requirements for the land VTL?
The general requirements are as follows:
- must be fully vaccinated and must be able to present a recognized digital proof of vaccination. Children under two years of age are exempt but must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated traveller
- must test negative for COVID-19 as proven by a PCR or ART test issued within two calendar days prior to travel. Children under two years of age are exempt
- travellers must have spent the previous 14 days within Singapore, Malaysia, or other category 1 country/region
Please note that the required tests must be conducted at an accredited lab or health center.
Additional requirements for arrivals to Singapore:
- an electronic or physical copy of Vaccinated Travel Pass obtained at least three days prior to arrival
- SG Arrival Card obtained at least three days prior to arrival
- a designated bus ticket at least three days prior to arrival
What are the designated bus services?
Two companies are designated as VTL service providers as follows:
- Transtar Travel. The company will operate 32 daily designated trips comprising of 16 trips from Malaysia and 16 trips from Singapore. The trips will connect the Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange and Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal
- Handal Indah. The company will operate 32 daily designated trips connecting Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal and Queen Street Terminal
These designated trips will accommodate a total of 2,900 travellers per day.
How to purchase the bus ticket?
Tickets for the designated bus services are now available for purchase on the Transtar Travel and Handal Indah websites. You can book your tickets for up to 30 days in advance.
Can travellers use private vehicles?
Travellers will be allowed to drive or walk their way across the Causeway but will be subjected to a seven-day Stay Home Notice (SHN).