As announced earlier when the KL-Singapore and JB-Singapore VTL initiatives were brought back to full capacity, Penang could be the next destination on the bilateral agenda, it is now given the green light. According to Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, in a report by The Star, the VTL Penang-Singapore takes place on March 16.

“The governments of Malaysia and Singapore have reached a mutual agreement to extend the air-vaccinated taxiway to serve the Penang-Singapore route from March 16,” he said. announcement.

What to know about the VTL Penang-Singapore?

Going forward, four daily flights will be shared equally by participating airlines in Malaysia and Singapore. “Ticket sales will begin as soon as possible,” Wee added.

At the time of writing, Singapore is the only country with which Malaysia has implemented VTL, while the country has an agreement in principle with Thailand and Brunei. The edge reported on March 1 that discussions under the VTL are underway with Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Some of Singapore’s VTL destinations include Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, India, Italy, the Maldives, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Qatar, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. , Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. Greece and Vietnam will participate from March 16.

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To enter Singapore, travelers must meet certain selection criteria:

  • Pre-departure COVID-19 PCR or professionally administered ART taken within two days of departure to Singapore.
  • Supervised self-administered ART (S$15, paid onsite via cashless modes) at a rapid test center or combination test center within 24 hours of arrival in Singapore.

For more information on Singapore’s VTL criteria, visit

At the time of this writing, arrival procedures at Penang International Airport have not been updated on the malaysia immigration department portal to reflect the latest developments.


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