Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) with Malaysia is set to launch very soon on November 29 and it is certainly exciting that we can once again travel across the borders without needing to serve a quarantine.
In anticipation of the VTL, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has announced that travellers will be able to choose from six designated airline services to travel into and out of Kuala Lumpur.
These services are AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Scoot and Singapore Airlines, according to CAAS on November 18.
According to Malaysia’s immigration authority, there will be no limit imposed on the capacity and aircraft type for the planes operating the designated services between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
The VTL however only covers air travel so far and is not applicable for travellers looking to drive across the border using the Causeway or Second Link.
With this VTL, fully vaccinated travellers can travel between Singapore and Malaysia without needing to serve a quarantine or stay-home notice. They will simply need to take two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. One will be done before departure and the second will be done upon arrival.
Travellers coming into Singapore will need to self-isolate after leaving the airport and will need to wait up to 24 hours to get the results from their Covid-19 swab test before they can roam the country freely.
Those flying into KL International Airport though will likely be able to get their swab test results between one to three hours. They will be made to wait in a designated waiting area before immigration for their results.
Travellers will also need to have remained in one or more of the VTL countries in the last 14 days before they can depart to Singapore on these designated flights.
Long-term pass holders and short-term visitors looking to enter Singapore can apply for a pass to use the VTL from 10 am on November 22. Singapore citizens, permanent residents and children under the age of 12 however do not have to apply.
In addition to the VTL, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA) jointly announced this week that they will reactivate and expand their codeshare arrangement between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
This means that from November 29, if you are travelling on SIA, you will be able to connect on Malaysia Airlines services out of Kuala Lumpur with 15 new codeshared destinations in Malaysia. These destinations include popular spots such as Johor Baru, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi.
If you are flying on Malaysia Airlines, from January 1 next year, you will be able to connect on SIA flights from Singapore to seven places in Europe and two locations in South Africa.