After Singapore, Malaysia Too Freezes VTL Flight, Bus Ticket Sales

The suspension of new travel is in effect Dec 23-Jan 20; Malaysia will reduce the quota of flight and bus tickets for the Malaysia-Singapore VTL from Jan 21, 2022.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 – The Malaysian government followed Singapore in suspending Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flight and bus ticket sales after the republic earlier decided to reinstate border controls.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today that Malaysia’s suspension of quarantine-free travel via land and air for new travellers would be in effect between tomorrow and January 20, 2022, the same timeline as Singapore

Travellers who have already purchased tickets for VTL land or air travel, and who fulfil the set conditions, will be permitted to continue their journey to Malaysia.

These incoming travellers from Singapore will be subject to the same conditions as previously announced on December 7 with daily testing for seven days upon arrival: self-test on Days 2, 4, and 6, and professional antigen tests on Days 3 and 5.

“The sale of bus and flight tickets for these two VTL initiatives will be reopened on January 21, 2022, after risk evaluation based on the Covid-19 situation in both countries. However, the quota for ticket sales will be reduced from the current quota,” Khairy said in a statement.

“Further information on the latest instruction for temporary suspension of bus and flight ticket sales for the air and land VTL between Malaysia and Singapore can be referred from the Malaysia Transport Ministry (Air VTL) and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Land VTL).

Singapore announced earlier today the suspension of sales of VTL flight tickets for countries, including Malaysia, that share a VTL scheme with the island republic, as well as bus tickets for the Singapore-Malaysia land VTL.

Malaysia’s only VTL is with Singapore, besides a Langkawi travel bubble for international and domestic visitors.

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