Khairy: Malaysia-Singapore VTL reopened

PUTRAJAYA, 21 Jan 2022:

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today announced the reopening of the land and air Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) initiative between Malaysia and Singapore, which was temporarily suspended on Dec 23 over concerns of the spread of the Covid-19 omicron variant.

He said the sale of VTL bus and flight tickets can resume with immediate effect, but the quota for bus and flight tickets had been reduced by 50% from the existing capacity for land and air routes.

This quota doesn’t apply for passengers who had previously purchased tickets for travel dates from today, Jan 21, as these tickets were bought before the December suspension of the ticket sales.

In a statement, he said these passengers are allowed to continue their journey using the VTL initiative according to the quota set earlier.

Khairy said the resumption of ticket sales for the land and air VTL initiatives was made after a risk assessment was carried out based on the current Covid-19 situation in both countries.

He also said the increase in the ticket quotas will be announced after further risk assessments conducted from time to time by the Health Ministry based on the Covid-19 developments in both countries.

Travellers are advised to abide by the instructions and stipulated standard operating procedures set, as well as to perform the Covid-19 detection test to reduce the risk of infection.

These include travellers on the Malaysia-Singapore VTL platform performing self-test rapid antigen testing on the second, fourth, and sixth day after arrival or the RTK-Ag (professional) on the third and fifth day of their arrival.