KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 – The Singaporean government will stop the sales of new Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flight tickets from tomorrow until January 20 next year to curb the spread of Omicron.
The Straits Times reported that this suspension also applied to the sale of bus tickets for travel on the Singapore-Malaysia land VTL.
Singapore’s VTL scheme allows travellers who completed Covid-19 vaccination from selected countries – including Malaysia – to enter Singapore without needing to quarantine.
Eligible travellers for Singapore’s air or land VTL would still be allowed to travel to Singapore quarantine-free if they had bought tickets before the suspension of new ticket sales was announced.
Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 71 Omicron cases as of Monday, including six locally transmitted infections. Three Covid-19 cases from a cluster at a gym – two of which tested preliminary positive for the Omicron variant – were fully vaccinated, had mild symptoms, and did not have recent travel history.
Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said last December 7 that travellers on the Malaysia-Singapore VTL needed to self-test for Covid-19 every day for six days upon arrival in Malaysia.