8 November 2021
The set up of a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Singapore Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) will be able to revive the aviation industry that has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“This will surely be a relief to Keluarga Malaysia especially those involved in the industry such as flight crew and airport staff,” said the Transport Minister in a Facebook post on Monday (Nov 8) night.
Dr Wee added through the VTL, tourists who have received full dose of the vaccine would be allowed to travel between Malaysia and Singapore subject to a Covid-19 test.
“It is hoped that standard operating procedures (SOP) such as mandatory quarantine or home quarantine will be relaxed as significant progress has been made by both countries in vaccination and management of the Covid-19 pandemic in general,” he said.
In welcoming the VTL, Dr Wee also said flights to other Asean countries were being discussed.
Earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong announced in a joint statement that both countries will reopen their mutual border after more than a year with a special Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between KLIA and Changi Airport from Nov 29.
The statement said that Ismail Sabri and Lee spoke over the phone on Monday.
The two Prime Ministers recognised that Covid-19 had disrupted people-to-people connections between the two countries and 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 border between the two countries has been closed since March 18, 2020.
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