By: Dustin Angeles
Singapore and Malaysia have eased up their travel restrictions since the two nations have actively and continuously improved their COVID-19 response over the recent months. The two countries have announced that they will launch their very own Vaccinated Travel Lane or VTL between the Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport this November 29, 2021.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob have agreed that their management of the COVID-19 pandemic has gradually improved and opened the possibility of resuming its cross-border travels between both countries in a safe manner.
Under the VTL rules, only fully vaccinated travelers from Singapore and Malaysia will be allowed to travel where instead of serving quarantines, inoculated travelers from these countries will take COVID-19 tests to ensure they are not infected with the coronavirus and be allowed passage.
The Vaccinated Travel Pass application for the VTL will be open on November 22, 2021 for short-term and long-term visitors, while returning Singaporeans and permanent residents are not required to apply for the said pass. The VTL will commence with six designated locations between the Changi Airport and the KLIA during the day.
Prime Minister Lee and Prime Minister Ismail Sabri have been looking forward to planning this achievement and are currently satisfied with the progress and ongoing fight by their countries against the pandemic. As the VTL opens, the two Prime Ministers stated that this plan aims to revive both countries’ economies and restore people-to-people connection.
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