By Mei Kuan
As previously announced, a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) by air between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) will begin from November 29, enabling fully vaccinated travellers from Singapore to travel to Malaysia and be subjected to COVID-19 tests in lieu of serving quarantine.
The VTL serves as an important milestone to restart the recovery of civil aviation while also addressing public health concerns to ensure its future resilience.
The Ministry of Transport Malaysia, via a recent Facebook post, explained that travellers from Singapore must travel on VTL designated services between Changi Airport and KLIA.
“The VTL will commence with six services which will each be operated once daily by AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Scoot and Singapore Airlines,” the press release highlighted.
In addition, travellers do not need to apply for travel to Malaysia under the VTL as the entry facilities will be processed upon arrival. Thus, VTL travellers are also not required to apply for a MyTravelPass from the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
The following VTL requirements for entry into Malaysia are outlined:
- Travellers must have completed a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the Ministry of Health of Malaysia. Children aged below 12 years will qualify for travel under the VTL without the need to show proof of vaccination but they must be accompanied by a traveller who meets all the requirements for entry into Malaysia.
- Travellers must remain in Singapore and/or Malaysia in the last 14 consecutive days before departing for Malaysia.
- Travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within 2 days before departure for Malaysia and upon arrival at KLIA. Travellers must await their test results at the designated waiting area at KLIA and once their test results are confirmed to be negative, they can proceed to leave the airport.
- A pre-departure or on-arrival RT-PCR negative test result can be accepted for one or more flights, as long as the test had been taken within 2 days before departure for Malaysia. This is to allow flexibility for travellers who intend to make daily or frequent trips to Malaysia.
- Travellers must download and register their profile on the MySejahtera app to aid contact tracing.
- Short-term visitors, including business and official travellers, must obtain a valid visa for visa-required visitors. They must also purchase a return ticket and travel insurance with a minimum coverage of RM100,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs.
For more details, visit the Immigration Department of Malaysia’s website at www.imi.gov.my .