The Ministry of Health (KKM) has temporarily suspended ticket sales for buses and flights under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Malaysia and Singapore starting 23 December 2021 until 20 January 2022.
In a statement, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the decision was made following Singapore’s Health Ministry’s announcement that there were 3 possible Omicron variant cases in the island nation.
“On December 20, Singapore’s Health Ministry issued a statement relating to a local Covid-19 cluster involving three positive individuals.”
“The results showed that two of them could be of the Omicron variant while the other case is still pending. These three cases have no history of overseas travel.”
“Taking into account the latest news reported by Singapore, the Health Ministry would like to announce the suspension of all bus and flight ticket sales for the VTL initiative between Malaysia and Singapore (air and land travel), enforced from 23 December 2021 to 20 January 2022,” said Khairy.
Meanwhile, he said those who have already purchased tickets and fulfill specific criteria may proceed with their journeys on the VTL.
The sale of bus and flight tickets will resume on 21 January 2022 after the ministries assessed the risks of the Covid-19 situation in both countries.
“Further information on the latest instructions for the temporary suspension of bus and flight ticket sales for the Malaysia-Singapore air and land VTL initiative can be referred to the Malaysian Transport Ministry (VTL-Air) and the International Trade and Industry Ministry (VTL-Land),” Khairy said.
Khairy also advised travellers to be responsible and always abide by the instructions and SOPs in place.
In addition, he also reminded them to perform regular Covid-19 self-tests to update their own risk status and in turn reduce the risk of infection to other individuals.