Malaysia has again launched the sale of air and land tickets to Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme. The VTL program has been suspended from December 23, 2021 to January 20, 2022 due to increasing cases of Omicron COVID-19 variants globally.

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Addressing this development, Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia’s Minister of Health, issued a statement on January 21, 2022, which indicated that VTL ticket sales would resume. However, there will be an assessment of the current COVID-19 situation in both countries due to the resumption of this stage.

The statement added that at present, Malaysia will only sell half of the initial ticket quota for air and land travel. The increase in ticket numbers in the future will solely depend on the assessment of COVID-19 conditions in both countries.

Travelers who purchased tickets after January 20, 2022, but before the announcement, will travel according to the rules established before the announcement.

What are VTL’s regulations?

Under the VTL scheme, travelers entering Singapore by air or land will not be required to self-quarantine.

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Currently, only Malaysia has taken over the VTL program with Singapore. VTL travelers will need to take a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or rapid antigen test (ART) within two days of flying to Singapore. They will also have to take a PCR test upon arrival.

On days three and seven after arrival, visitors will be required to undergo supervised ART and on days two, four, five and six, travelers will be required to undergo self-administered ART.

According to the official website of Airlines to Singapore, VTL flights from Perth, Australia will resume on February 5, 2022. Other countries that have had VTL associations with Singapore in the past include Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, Fiji, Finland , France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Maldives, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and States -United.

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