VTL tickets back on sale effective today at 50% less capacity

by AZREEN HANI/ pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

THE Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) sale of bus and flight tickets between Malaysia-Singapore will be reopened with immediate effect today, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.

However, for now, the ticket quota sold starting January 21, 2022 will be reduced from the existing quota, which is a 50 percent reduction in bus and flight capacity.

“However, for passengers who have already purchased tickets for travel dates after January 20, 2022 before the announcement of the suspension of ticket sales is made, they are allowed to continue traveling using this initiative according to the quota that has been set previously,” he said in a statement today.

The decision was made following the risk assessment carried out based on the current Covid-19 situation in both countries.

On Dec 23, Malaysia and Singapore temporarily suspended the sale of air and land VTL tickets until Jan 20 following the threat of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

Khairy said that the increase in ticket sales quota will depend on the risk assessment that will be conducted from time to time on an ongoing basis by the MOH based on the current Covid situation between Malaysia-Singapore.

In line with the Health Ministry’s previous announcement on strengthening measures to the existing prevention and control measures for travellers from abroad, including travellers arriving at Malaysia’s international gateways through the VTL initiative,  they are reminded to requirements to do
• RTK-Ag test or rapid antigen test (self) on the 2nd, 4th, and 6th day after arrival;
• RTK-Ag test or rapid antigen test (professional) on the 3rd and 5th day after arrival.

“Health Ministry would like to advise all travellers to be responsible and always abide by the instructions and SOPs that have been set. It is also to ensure that cross-border travel involving the Malaysia-Singapore VTL scheme can continue to be implemented safely,” said Khairy.