Malaysia And Singapore To Start Quarantine-Free Air Travel From 29 November

Both the countries' prime ministers announced the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) in a joint statement on Monday, 8 November.

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Vaccinated travellers will be able to take flights between Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Changi Airport without quarantine from 29 November

Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) in a joint statement on Monday, 8 November.

According to The Straits Times, only six flights a day between both countries have been planned for a start.

Applications for the Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) will start from 22 November, and more details about the scheme will be announced soon.

The reopening of borders between Singapore and Malaysia have been long awaited

In the joint statement, it is said the Prime Ministers also recognised that COVID-19 has "disrupted people to people connections between the two countries, and separated families for many months".

They agreed that it was timely to "progressively resume cross-border travel in a safe manner", given the progress made in both countries towards vaccinating their respective populations and in managing the pandemic.

The prime ministers are also in discussion of reopening land travel across the Causeway and the Second Link

"We look forward to launching a similar VTL scheme between Singapore and Johor in the near future," said Lee.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the VTLs were another important milestone in the longstanding Malaysia-Singapore cooperation.

"The VTLs will allow travel as our two countries gradually reopen our borders responsibly by balancing the need to recover our economies while ensuring safety and health of our peoples from COVID-19," he said.

A Malaysian nurse working in Singapore recently went viral for her emotional trip back home after two years of not seeing her family:

Here are other stories of families separated just across the Causeway between Malaysia and Singapore:

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