With the spread of the Omicron variant across the globe, new travel restrictions and regulations are constantly being implemented. This comes at a crucial time as international travel is just opening up. Changing travel restrictions can be frustrating, especially if you’ve planned a vacation for 2022 and have had to put it on hold.
One good news is that the sale of bus and flight tickets for the land and air Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Malaysia and Singapore have resumed with immediate effect on Friday, 21 January 2022.
However, according to Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the quota for bus and flight tickets sales is now reduced by 50% from the existing capacity, due to the threat posed by the rising Omicron variant cases.
Under the VTL programme, travellers entering Singapore via air or land will not have to quarantine.
Passengers who have booked tickets for travel dates after 20 January 2022, before the notice on the suspension of ticket sales were made, are able to continue their journey using the VTL initiative.
Khairy stated that the decision to reopen ticket sales for the two VTL initiatives was decided following a risk assessment based on the current COVID-19 scenario in both nations.
An Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test must be taken within two days of flying to Singapore by VTL passengers. Upon their arrival, they will also be subjected to a PCR test.
Visitors must undergo a supervised ART on their third and seventh day of arrival, while on their second, fourth, fifth, and sixth day, they must conduct a self-administered ART.
The VTL kicked off on 29 November last year and involved travel via the bridge connecting Malaysia to Singapore as well as an air corridor, but was suspended since 23 December over the emergence of the Omicron variant.