Family and friends separated by the Singapore-Malaysia border will soon be able to reunite without quarantine.
The vaccinated travel lane of Singapore and Malaysia will be launched from 29 November.
The prime ministers of the two countries announced in a joint statement today (November 8) that the VTL will be between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The reopening, however, only covers air travel. Does not include ground travel by Causeway or Second Link.
“The prime ministers also hope to re-establish travel by land links between the two countries in the near future,” the statement said.
In a Facebook post, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted the good progress in vaccinating people in each country and managing the pandemic.
“So we agreed that it is appropriate to gradually resume cross-border travel between the two countries. This will help revive our economies, restore people-to-people ties and strengthen our bilateral partnership,” Lee said.
Both ministers point out that there are detailed discussions underway on a similar vaccinated travel scheme and to reopen travel across the Road and the Second Link, taking into account public health situations in Johor and Singapore.
So far, Singapore has VTL with more than 10 more countries, including South Korea, Australia and the United States.
All travelers entering Singapore with the VTL scheme do not have to give a warning to stay at home, but will only have to take a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction test before departure and on arrival. .
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur air route was one of the busiest in the world.
On land, about half a million people made daily trips between Singapore and Johor before the borders closed in March last year.
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