Singapore-Malaysia land VTL open for bus with 1,500 passengers limit daily

Those who are eligible for this travel arrangement have to be citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders of the country that they are entering

by AZREEN HANI / pic by BLOOMBERG

THE land vaccinated travel lane (VTL) between Malaysia and Singapore will be rolled out in a safe and calibrated manner where travellers will travel on designated VTL buses, said Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The governments of the two countries have also agreed to set daily quotas of 1,500 travellers in the early stages, with an increase from week to week.

Those who are eligible for this travel arrangement have to be citizens, permanent residents or longterm pass holders of the country that they are entering.

This is to give priority for those who have been working in either country to visit their families.

“The designated land VTL bus service to Singapore will use Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal as a drop-off and pick-up centre for passengers in Malaysia while the Queen Street Terminal will be for passengers in Singapore,” Ismail Sabri said in the statement yesterday.

The launch of land VTL will be simultaneous with the air VTL on Nov 29, to further enhance bilateral and economic relations between the two countries.

“In addition to employees, land VTL will provide opportunities to the people of Malaysia and Singapore on both sides of the Causeway who were separated from their families due to Covid-19 pandemic to reunite with their loved ones,” he added.

The land VTL initiative is implemented to facilitate cross-border movement without quarantine by integrating health, safety and immigration clearance.

“Singapore and Malaysia aim to progressively expand the land VTL to include more travellers, including general travellers, taking into account the public health situation. Subsequently we will also work towards restoring travel through Tuas Second Link.

Together with the VTL between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport, this will enhance the close socio-economic ties between our countries and people,” Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong said in a separate statement.

“Malaysia is Singapore’s closest neighbour and the two countries share deep and warm relations. The Causeway was one of the busiest land borders in the world before the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted our cross-border activities. The launch of the land VTL is a big step towards reconnecting our people and economies, and will further enhance our bilateral relationship,” he added.

Travellers entering Malaysia using the land VTL need to register at https://mysafetravel.gov.my/ while travellers from Malaysia to Singapore need to register at https://go.gov.sg/vtl-portal. This registration is mandatory before purchasing the ticket.

Details on land VTL requirements available at https://www.miti.gov.my and https://www.safetravel.ica.gov.sg/.