9 November 2021
The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Changi Airport will speed up land border reopening with Singapore.
State investment, cooperatives, entrepreneurship development and human resource committee chairman Datuk Mohd Izhar Ahmad hinted that the land border with the island republic could reopen soon.
“I do not want to supersede those in a much higher level than me but God willing, both air and land borders with Singapore and Johor will reopen soon,” he added.
Mohd Izhar said this to pressmen when met after launching a career carnival in Bandar Baru Uda here on Tuesday (Nov 9).
He added that the VTL was a good and positive sign that the border would reopen as discussions with Singapore have been long.
On Monday (Nov 8), both Malaysia and Singapore announced that they would reopen their mutual border with VTL between the KLIA and Changi Airport from Nov 29.
In a joint statement, the Prime Ministers of both countries said the decision followed significant progress in vaccinating their citizens and in managing the Covid-19 pandemic.
They agreed that it was timely to progressively resume cross-border travel between both countries in a safe manner.
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Lee Hsien Loong said they recognised that Covid-19 had disrupted people-to-people connections between both sides and had separated families for many months.
Under the VTL, fully-vaccinated travellers will be able to travel between Singapore and Malaysia and be subjected to Covid-19 tests in lieu of serving quarantine or a stay-at-home notice.
The joint border has been closed since March 18, 2020.
Ismail Sabri and Lee, who spoke on the phone yesterday, said they also looked forward to restoring travel across land links between both countries in the near future.
They were happy to note the good progress in the ongoing detailed discussions for a similar vaccinated travel scheme to reopen travel across the Causeway and Second Link, taking into account the public health situation in Johor and Singapore.