Currently only citizens, persons with permanent residence or holders of a long-term passport of the country they are entering are eligible for this TTL.
The office of the Prime Minister of Singapore (PMO) announced on November 24th (Wednesday) that the long-awaited Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) via the causeway between Singapore and Malaysia will begin on November 29, 2021.
With this agreement, Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders in Malaysia will be able to cross the causeway to Singapore on designated bus routes every day without the need for quarantine.
From eligibility to the application process, the designated bus services to arrival: Here are all the details you need to know:
Currently only citizens, persons with permanent residence or holders of a long-term passport of the country they are entering are eligible for this TTL. This includes work card holders, student card holders and long-term visitor badge holders. Priority is given to workers in both countries who have not been able to visit their families since the land border was closed.
Holders of a general approval of a long-term pass issued in Singapore and foreign short-term visitors currently not eligible currently traveling under the VTL (Land) Agreement.
2. Designated bus routes
This Land-VTL will only be available through designated bus routes. Anyone who arrives at the border by other means, for example by private means of transport or on foot via the causeway, will be punished with a seven-day stay period, even if the trip via the country VTL has been approved.
The following are the designated bus routes that go to Singapore via the causeway:
There are a total of 64 daily bus trips between Malaysia and Singapore – 32 in each direction, with a maximum of 45 seated passengers per trip.
Ticket sales for the designated regional VTL buses will start on November 25, 2021 (Thursday) at 8 a.m. Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoint Authority has pushed that applicants do not have to rush to apply as there is no quota for vaccinated passports.
3. Travel history
Travelers must have been in Malaysia, another Singapore government approved VTL or Category I country / region and / or Singapore for the last 14 consecutive days prior to arrival in Singapore.
Prior to entering Malaysia, travelers in Singapore must test negative for a rapid antigen test (ART) or a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) prior to departure and then after clearing in an additional monitored ART upon arrival at the Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal Immigration.
Conversely, travelers entering Singapore must present a negative valid ART or PCR test prior to departure within two days of departure to Singapore. In Singapore there is no mandatory test on arrival.
Children who are two years old and younger in the calendar year do not have to take these tests.
All fully vaccinated travelers are required to provide a Singapore-approved digital proof of vaccination issued in a VTL country or Singapore.
Unvaccinated travelers under the age of 12 can travel to Singapore via the VTL (country) during this calendar year if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated VTL traveler.
Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term passport holders who have been vaccinated abroad (i.e. issued with a foreign digital vaccination card outside of Singapore) are reminded to upload their vaccination card to the electronic health declaration card via the SG electronic arrival card before entering Arrive Singapore.
6. Submission of the SG Arrival Card
All travelers must have the SG Arrival Card1 with electronic health declaration via the ICA website or via the SG Arrival Card mobile app. This must be done 3 calendar days prior to your arrival in Singapore.
The PMO stated that, taking into account the public health situation in both countries, Land VTL could be gradually expanded to include general travelers. In addition, the authorities are also working on quarantine-free travel via the Tuas Second Link.
This VTL, along with the VTL between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), “Strengthen the close socio-economic ties between our countries and people”.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in the statement: “Malaysia is Singapore’s closest neighbor and the two countries share deep and warm relations.
“The start of the VTL (Land) is a big step towards reconnecting our population and economy and will further strengthen our bilateral relations.”
1The SG Arrival Card replaces the paper disembarkation / embarkation card (also known as the “white card”), which has been discontinued since March 27, 2020 and is no longer accepted at checkpoints.
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