The sale of bus and flight tickets for the land and air Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Malaysia and Singapore, which was temporarily suspended on 23 December, is now reopened with immediate effect starting Friday (21 January), said the Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
However, he said the quota for the bus and flight tickets had been reduced by 50% from the existing capacity for land and air routes.
“However, passengers who have purchased tickets for travel dates after 20 Jan 2022 before the announcement on the suspension of the ticket sales were made, are allowed to continue their journey using the VTL initiative according to the quota set earlier,” he said in a statement.
Khairy said the decision to reopen the ticket sales under the VTL initiate was made after a risk assessment that was carried out based on the current Covid-19 situation in both countries.
He added that the increase in ticket quotas will be subject to risk assessments from time to time by the Health Ministry of both countries.
He also reminded travellers who use the Malaysia-Singapore VTL platform to perform the 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.
“We ask all travellers to be responsible and adhere to the SOPs in place to reduce the risk of infection,” Khairy added.
Airlines and bus operators in Malaysia had previously stopped selling travel tickets to Singapore under the VTL scheme after Singapore detected a Covid-19 cluster involving the highly-transmissible Omicron variant.
Khairy explained that the move is in line with the ministry’s previous announcement on strengthening Covid-19 preventive measures and existing controls for travellers from abroad, including those arriving at Malaysia’s international gateways through the VTL initiative.
He said the recommendation was made to ensure cross-border travel involving the Malaysia-Singapore VTL could continue to be implemented safely.