With the recent discovery of the new and heavily mutated Omicron Covid-19 variant, the Singaporean government has announced a new compulsory requirement for all land travellers from Malaysia.
According to Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), all travellers arriving in Singapore from Malaysia via the land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) will be required to undertake an on-arrival Antigen Rapid Test (ART).
The land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) is via the Johor Causeway and was confirmed last week on 24 November.
This new testing requirement will take effect from 8 a.m. on 29 November, starting with the first travellers arrive in the Singapore.
According to MTI, the tests will be carried out at the Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange and Queen Street Terminal, and travellers will be required to make an e-payment for the test at the testing centre directly.
“The on-arrival ART will allow us to reduce the risks of spread of B.1.1.529 to Singapore, and enable us to progressively expand the land VTL in a safe and calibrated manner.” MTI said in a statement.
Meanwhile, MTI also reminded all travellers to purchase their bus tickets and ensure that they have all necessary documents ready before they board their designated VTL buses.
It was also announced that travellers have to be citizens, permanent residents, or long-term pass holders of the country they are allowed entry.
On 24 November, Singapore’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the land VTL is given priority to those who have been working in either country to visit their families.
“The launch of the (land) VTL is a big step towards reconnecting our people and economies, and will further enhance our bilateral relationship.” Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
Under the land VTL, there will be 32 bus trips each way daily between both countries, with each bus having a maximum capacity of 45 passengers per trip, allowing a total of 1,440 travellers into each country per day.
For more information, visit Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website here.