According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the governments of Malaysia and Singapore will start the vaccinated travel lane for land (VTL-Land) next Monday (29 November), coinciding with the VTL-Air.
In the beginning, the VTL-Land will have a daily quota of 1,500 travellers, with weekly increments to follow.
The Singapore-bound designated VTL-Land bus services will use Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal (Larkin Sentral) in Johor Bahru, Malaysia as the boarding and disembarkation site, and Queen Street Terminal (QST) in Singapore as the boarding and disembarkation point.
For now, the VTL-Land will be limited to only bus transit as a control mechanism, with other modes of transportation to be added in stages.
Malaysia and Singapore nationals and permanent residents, as well as holders of Malaysia and Singapore Long-term Passes, are permitted to participate in the VTL-Land. The travellers must be fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, unvaccinated children below the age of 12 must be accompanied by vaccinated parents or guardians.
The PMO noted eligible travellers will be subjected to COVID-19 testing and further health requirements determined by the respective country.
Both countries’ adult populations have been vaccinated to a level of more than 95%, according to the PMO, allowing Malaysia and Singapore to gradually restore their land border.
The VTL-Land effort intends to provide quarantine-free, smooth cross-border travel by combining health protocol, security, and immigration clearance.
Besides workers, VTL-Land will allow Malaysians and Singaporeans who’ve been separated from their families due to the COVID-19 outbreak to be reunited with their loved ones.