Full details: Singapore – Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)

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Singapore and Malaysia will start two-way quarantine-free travel from 29 November 2021, and we now have a better picture of the requirements.

Earlier this month, Singapore and Malaysia announced their intention to launch a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) agreement from 29 November 2021, enabling fully-vaccinated individuals to travel between the two countries with no quarantine on either side.

From the onset, it was clear this VTL would be slightly different from what we’ve seen elsewhere. Firstly, it only covers air travel at this stage, with land travel to begin at a later date. Secondly, it only covers the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur air link, which prior to COVID-19 was one of the busiest in the world.

We now have further details about the VTL agreement, and while it’s basically the same VTL process for travel to Singapore, travel to Malaysia has some unique things to take note of. 

Overview: Singapore-Malaysia VTL

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

The Singapore-Malaysia VTL will commence from 29 November 2021, with initial service limited to six daily designated flights in each direction between Singapore Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Additional services and other new entry/exit points in Singapore and Malaysia may be added subsequently upon mutual agreement.

If the COVID-19 situation in Singapore or Malaysia deteriorates, either party may suspend the VTL or adjust their requirements by giving 48 hours advance notice. 

Travel from Singapore to Malaysia

Infographic from Malaysian government

Here’s the eligibility criteria for quarantine-free travel from Singapore to Malaysia.

✔️ VTL Eligibility Criteria
From 🇸🇬 Singapore to Malaysia 🇲🇾
All
  • 14-day travel history only includes Singapore and/or Malaysia
  • Fully vaccinated with any vaccine on the WHO EUL, or a vaccine or “approved by a stringent regulatory authority”^
  • Present negative pre-departure PCR test taken within 2 days of flight to Malaysia*
  • Travel to Malaysia on designated VTL flight
  • Take PCR test on arrival at KLIA and wait for results at airport*
  • Download MySejahtera app
Short-term visitors
  • Purchase travel insurance with min. RM100,000 (~S$32,500) coverage for COVID-19 medical expenses
  • Purchase return ticket to Malaysia on designated VTL flight
*Children aged 2 or under in the current calendar year are exempt
^Exception for children aged 12 and below, if they are accompanied by vaccinated traveller

Nationality

Unlike the Singapore-Australia VTL, there is no restriction on nationality. Any individual may take advantage of the VTL, provided he or she meets the rest of the criteria.

However, certain nationalities may need to apply for a visa, based on existing requirements.

Advance Application

Assuming you do not need a visa, no prior application is required to travel on the VTL (i.e. there’s no Malaysian equivalent of a Vaccinated Travel Pass).

14-day Travel History

Your 14-day travel history may only include Singapore and/or Malaysia. Unlike travel to Singapore, VTL or Category I countries cannot feature in your 14-day history.

Fully Vaccinated

Malaysia will recognise travellers who have completed the full regimen of COVID-19 vaccines approved under the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing or approved by a stringent regulatory authority, including those who have received different vaccine brands for their respective doses.

Notice the additional “approved by a stringent regulatory authority” clause. It’s not yet clear exactly which vaccines fall under this clause, but Russia’s Sputnik could be a good bet. 

Children aged 12 or under based on their date of birth (not year of birth) will be exempt from this requirement when travelling with a fully vaccinated adult. 

Travel Insurance

Short-term visitors must have travel insurance with a minimum coverage of RM100,000 (~S$32,500) for COVID-19 related medical expenses.

This requirement does not apply to Malaysian nationals.

Pre-departure test

Visitors must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result with the sample taken within two days before departure from Singapore.

This is different from the usual 72 hours that most countries stipulate, although Singapore also has a two day window for PDT. 

Flights

Visitors must book a return flight on one of six designed VTL services between Singapore Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The return flight requirement only applies to short-term visitors. 

On-arrival test

Travellers must complete an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test at BP Clinical Health Lab KLIA and await the results in a designated waiting area.

Test results will take 1-3 hours, and travellers may only clear immigration after a negative result has been received.

MySejahtera app

Travellers must download and register with the MySejahtera app (Android | iOS), which aids contact tracing. Children aged below 12 years old who are travelling with their parents/legal guardians can be registered as dependents of the parents/legal guardians in the MySejahtera app.

Travel from Malaysia to Singapore

Here’s the eligibility criteria for quarantine-free travel from Malaysia to Singapore.

✔️ VTL Eligibility Criteria
From 🇲🇾 Malaysia  to 🇸🇬 Singapore 
All
  • 14-day travel history only includes Singapore and/or VTL countries and/or Category I countries
  • Fully vaccinated with any vaccine on the WHO EUL^
  • Present negative pre-departure ART/PCR test taken within 2 days# of flight to Singapore*
  • Take designated VTL flight to Singapore
  • Take PCR test on arrival and self-isolate until negative result is received*
Long-term pass & short-term visitors
Short-term visitors
  • Purchase travel insurance with min. S$30K coverage
*Children aged 2 or under in the current calendar year are exempt
^Exception for children aged 12 and below, if they are accompanied by vaccinated traveller

Since the procedure for VTL travel into Singapore is fairly well established, I won’t go into this again. 

For further resources, refer to the links below:

COVID-19 testing

Travellers on the Singapore-Malaysia VTL will need to take a total of four COVID-19 tests; three of which will be the more expensive PCR type. 

⚕️ VTL Testing Regime
Singapore-Malaysia VTL
Location Remarks Price
🇸🇬 Singapore 2 days before departure (PCR) From S$107
🇲🇾 Malaysia On arrival at KLIA (PCR) ~S$80-S$115
🇲🇾 Malaysia 2 days before departure (ART/PCR) From ~S$30
🇸🇬 Singapore On arrival at Changi (PCR) S$125

The cost of four tests will quickly add up, and it’s not exactly “hop to JB for grocery shopping” levels at the moment. 

Designated VTL flights

Singapore Airlines has announced that it will operate the following VTL flight schedule to and from Kuala Lumpur.

These flights will be open for booking from 10 a.m on 19 November 2021. SIA will label them as VTL flights “progressively” (meaning don’t worry if you don’t see the VTL label at first, so long as it matches the info above it’s fine).

Scoot has also announced the following service via TR472/TR473, 4x weekly starting from 29 November 2021.

Air Asia’s schedule:

Jetstar Asia’s schedule:

Malaysia Airlines schedule:

Malindo Air schedule:

Flight Days Depart Arrive
OD803 Daily KUL 0925 SIN 1030
OD804 Daily SIN 1130 KUL 1235

Conclusion

We now have a clearer picture of what the Singapore-Malaysia VTL will look like when it launches on 29 November 2021. 

While most of the requirements are expected, what’s interesting to me is the need to isolate at KLIA while waiting for the results of the on-arrival test. KLIA never struck me as a great place to hang out at even before COVID, and one hopes they establish some proper holding areas for what’s sure to be a surge of travellers.

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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James

It seems that may not be worthwhile just to go for weekend trip.

ZYX

Does Msia mention anything on inter-state travel?

kc

Already allowed for some time, no?

Your question is probably, can I transit KLIA and fly inter-state same day say….8-12 hours after arrival (assuming OA PCR is negative)? This, I am also wondering….I have colleagues planning 1-2 months back home for CNY if such transit flights are allowed (to Penang, KK, Miri, Kuching, etc).

Melv

Yes you can. You need to go through the testing on arrival, clear immigration, then you’re free to take another domestic flight or other modes of transport..

You can check out “The Process” section here.
https://mainlymiles.com/2021/11/18/revealed-singapore-malaysia-vtl-flight-schedule/

aly

For instance if I want to travel to Kuching, does it mean I can buy a ticket from Singapore to Kuching, transit in KL? Or I will have to buy a ticket from Singapore to KL then another one from KL to Kuching?

Simon

Is Singaporean still need to apply for My Travel Pass (MTP) before entering Malaysia with these VTL flights?

ithh

No need for VTL flights.

Simon

Thanks!

asprino

Can the arrival test at KLIA be used for PDT for return to Sg (similar to what they allowed for the now dead *** with HK)?

Adam

Can

Raj

Hi Aaron! Thanks for the detailed article! I am just wondering about the designated flights schedule that you’ve posted here. The information is not released on the official VTL page of Singapore Airlines yet. Can you please share the link to relevant source? Thank you! 🙂

Raj

The SIA VTL page is now updated with the information

Ong

How come the flights number doesn’t correspond to the actual flights on SQ website? And isn’t it just 1 flight per day?

Joe

I was wondering that, flights both ways are currently off by one digit, I booked anyway but am wondering if the VTL flights haven’t actually been added yet and I am going to have to change.

Mike

Two VTL flights per day to Singapore & two VTL ones to Malaysia = 4 flights.

Daniel

Given it’s Malaysia Immigration, I would not be surprised if you will be stuck at KLIA for at least 4 to 6 hours after touchdown.

kc

And often flight departure delays or arrival delays for landings and now additional time at holding area for PCR test result after you get swabbed (hopefully no long long queues just to get swabbed), from the earliest departure, you might only leave KLIA mid afternoon or late afternoon if really unlucky………might be good idea to pack some drinks and snacks just in case starving while waiting at holding area for PCR test results…..

Cass

yup agreed on this. I have also rebook my flight tickets so that i can reach there during afternoon and able to leave the airport by 7pm.

hanneng

for those who interested, here is the steps get MySejahtera app updated with Singapore vaccination record, so that you can move around in Malaysia freely, entering shopping malls, dine-in, etc. 1. Download MySejahtera app 2. Register with your personal information 3. Once register successful, go to Covid-19 Vaccination -> Covid-19 Vaccination Information -> Helpdesk -> select “I have received my vaccination overseas and would like to obtain digital certificate in MySejahtera. 4. Fill in all the vaccination detail and upload the Singapore digital certificate.(Best use JPEG file) 5. Your Vaccination record should be updated in MySejahtera app in 3 to… Read more »

Last edited 19 days ago by hanneng
Raj

Thank you!

Mei Ling

Thanks for the infor! by the way, if I would like to add my children both 8 & 10 years old(which under 12) so they are unvaccinated. How to add ? i’m singaporean, just downloaded MySejahtera.

Hanneng

In MySejahtera app, go under Manage Dependents, and add them there.

CCY

Thank you so much!

Chris

Where can we do our 48hrs pCR test in KL or Genting before Taking a plane bk to Singapore

Jason Ooi

To register, you need a Malaysian add. How do you register if you arent in Malaysia at the time?

Chris

Passport number and NRIC is different from the HealthHub info .

stan

I registered my SG digital cert on 21 Nov and did not receive any confirmation todate. I tried another time today but it just didnt allow me to upload at all. What are the consequences if I dont have a SG cert in the app? Can I carry a physical copy with me?

Alex

Thanks for the great info… But I am having problem getting thru the registration step in providing my address, because the apps need mandatory “state” info and there is no “other country” options besides all the states in Msia. Any non-Malaysian having such problem?

Alex

Another update, I submit my vaccinated cert thru MySejahtera apps, nothing happened after a week… I submit again thru mysafetravel.gov.my, 2 days later MySejahtera apps shown I’m fully vaccinated. So I’m not sure the vaccinated status takes effect from the submission thru MySejahtera or mysafetravel.gov.my…. however you can try too.

RailTravel Station

There’s a new “World-Class Designed Lounge” at KLIA BP Health Screening Centre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKg10Fc8l30 Maybe this would also be the holding area to wait for the results of the on-arrival test.

David

To be exact though, my understanding is this covers WEST Malaysia. Sarawak and Sabah have their own entry procedures and it doesn’t sound like they’ve been updated for the VTL (as far as I’m aware..) If it has, do let me know!

Evin

are the scoot flights confirmed to be TR472/TR473? As last night the scoot website was showing VTL flights and i booked the flights TR472/TR473, however this morning the VTL flight statement on these specific flights are removed from the website on desktop, but its still showing when i use my phone that these flights are VTL. ( i have screenshots of both the flights showing they were VTL flights last night and also a pop up asking me to agree to taking a VTL flight ) any idea if this is a glitch in their system and will be rectified… Read more »

Crystal

SQ websites overwhelming! can’t book VTL ….. called hotline has been hold more than an hour …. any alternative ? 🙁

Mou

The on-arrival PCR test in KLIA will be walk-in? I did not see any pre-booking options.

Joe

I believe this is the link you should use.

https://airport.doctor2u.my/

Mou

Thanks! May I know if the pre departure Pcr test for entry into Malaysia is 2 days before or 48hours before departure time?

Lily

In Singapore, can we take ART test at approved clinic instead as pre-departure to Malaysia?

Shawn

Hi, I don’t see any vtl flights on airasia website. There’s a flight with the same flight number provided by you but the departure time is different. Any idea if airasia has started the sale of vtl flights?

wkkkkkk

I have the same question. If the screenshot in the post was taken from AirAsia’s website, the departure and arrival times have been removed.(https://support.airasia.com/s/article/Travel-Requirements-Singapore?language=en_GB#Vaccinated_Travel_Lane_VTL)

Shawn

I managed to book a flight to KL via jetstar hotline. Jetstar website listed the flight but did not indicate if it was a VTL flight. The call operator assisted me to make a booking after confirming the vtl flight.

wkkkkkk

Thanks for your reply! Is it 3K683 departing at 0715?

Shawn

Yup. That’s the one

wkkkkkk

It seems VTL flights on SQ are already sold out in Dec, does anyone have confirmation from SQ? I’m waiting on their hotline now..

Jay

Hi Aaron! Thanks for the detailed article! 
1.) Non SC who need visa travelling to KL will need any special permission/pass?
2.) Where to get covid travel insurance?
Thanks

Daphne Low

Hi Aaron, any news on Malindo VTL flight schedule? I saw from their website there’s only one flight timing per day. just wanna double confirm in case they come out with more timings later on.

Ru ru

Does anyone know if we can enter Sabah without quarantine? I’m Sabahan. I’m planning to fly SIN-KUL-TWU on same day. I’m confused with the regulations because on Malaysia Airlines websites it states

  • Fully vaccinated individuals travelling to the state will be exempted from quarantine and COVID-19 test upon arrival in Sabah.

At the same time

  • “All international passengers transiting in KL International Airport (KLIA) with an onward connection to Sabah will have to undergo 7-days mandatory quarantine at the first point of entry before they are allowed to enter Sabah. Passengers will bear all applicable charges”

https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/mhapp/hq/en/important-notice/malaysia/sabah.html

David

As far as I know, you’ll need to quarantine. The VTL does not extend, yet, to Sabah. The 1st sentence is regarding domestic-only travellers. But things may change

Kelvin

Ru Ru, my wife is Sabahan too, and going back in January. You cannot have onward connection. You need to exit KLIA upon arrrival from a flight from Singapore (first point of entry cleared after PCR test results), then u check in again at Domestic Terminal for continued flight to Sabah. Then no quarantine is needed.

SNN

Anyone know if we can travel from Malaysia to other country, e.g., United States, after a short-term visit to Malaysia via VTL? I realized we need to show return flight ticket, and just wondering if an outbound ticket to other country could serve the purpose…

Howen

Hi, just wan to confirm that for entering malaysia, is the child below 2 years old no need pcr test for pre-departure and arrival test? I try to find this info from other official web. But no record for it. Thank you

Aaron

Really frustrating! Its not stated on any of the government sites, not even in the published document they keep asking all travellers to refer to.

https://www.mot.gov.my/en/Pages/VTL/Vaccinated%20Travel%20Lane%20SG_MY%20(002).pdf

I called immigration at KLIA and the officer said he is not sure, no instructions from HQ yet. 4 days away from implementation and SOP is still not clear!

Aaron

UPDATE: I called the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore. First, the officer told me to ask the doctor at the clinic in Singapore if its required (**facepalm so hard**). When I reiterated my question, clarifying that its the Malaysian authority that needs to determine that, she claimed that children under 2 years old are required to undergo the PCR tests. However, when I called the BP Lab located in KLIA (the ones who will be doing the PCR test on arrival). They clearly said children under 2 years old are exempted from the on arrival tests. I am appalled by… Read more »

Aaron

LATEST UPDATE: I called the Ministry of Transport in Malaysia. They confirm that a child under 2 years of age does not require a pre-departure or on arrival PCR test.

If anyone of you face issues upon arrival, contact 1 800 887 823 from a local phone or alternatively call 03 8000 8000 and ask them to connect you to MOT.

Last edited 13 days ago by Aaron
Aaron

Correction: 1 800 887 723

kiki Lee

As a long term pass holder in Singapore (China citizen) & wish to visit my sis in Muar. Can I purchase air ticket to KLIA & presume PCR test is ok, am I free to travel down to Muar ? How many days can I stay ?

may

How long for singaporean can stay in malaysia under vtl??

CKK

Hi Aaron. Thanks for the detailed writeup. I juat wan to check on 1 thing. For coming back to Singapore, can opt for pre-departure ART test instead of PCR test in Malaysia?

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