Singapore-Malaysia land VTL to launch on November 29

Singapore-Malaysia land VTL via the Causeway to open on November 29

Singapore and Malaysia will launch a land vaccinated travel lane (VTL) across the Causeway from next Monday (November 29).

The land VTL will be rolled out “in a safe and calibrated manner”, said Singapore’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Wednesday.

Singapore-Malaysia land VTL via the Causeway to open on November 29

In the first phase, travellers will have to use designated VTL buses. The scheme will be open to citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders of the country that they are entering. This is to give priority for those who have been working in either country to visit their families, said PMO.

Singapore prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, said: “Malaysia is Singapore’s closest neighbour and the two countries share deep and warm relations. The Causeway was one of the busiest land borders in the world before the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted our cross-border activities. The launch of the VTL (Land) is a big step towards reconnecting our people and economies, and will further enhance our bilateral relationship.”

PMO said that the land VTL will be progressively expanded to include more travellers, including general travellers, depending on the public health situation in both countries. Singapore and Malaysia will also work towards restoring quarantine-free travel between the two countries through Tuas Second Link.

This latest development follows the announcement of the VTL between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport, also to launch on November 29.

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