Malaysia VTL: Daily post-arrival ART requirement scrapped from 3 March

From 3 March, Malaysia will scrap its daily COVID-19 ART regime for VTL (Air) and VTL (Land) arrivals, reducing the number of tests by 5.

Back in December 2021, Malaysia tightened its testing requirements for VTL (Air) and VTL (Land) travellers, requiring daily COVID-19 tests for six consecutive days upon arrival. 

This, coupled with Singapore’s corresponding requirement, meant that round-trip travellers would have to do up to 15 tests in total, making it the world’s most tested route. 

Singapore scrapped its daily post-arrival testing regime on 22 February 2022 as the panic over Omicron waned, and now it’s Malaysia’s turn to do likewise. From 3 March 2022, VTL travellers from Singapore to Malaysia will no longer be required to take daily ARTs following arrival. 

Malaysia scraps daily post-arrival ART regime

No more daily ART regime for arriving VTL passengers

VTL (Air) and VTL (Land) travellers from Singapore to Malaysia are currently required to take daily ARTs from Day 2 to 6 (the day of arrival is Day 1):

  • Days 2, 4 and 6: Self-administered ARTs
  • Days 3 and 5: Professionally-administered ARTs

This wasn’t a major inconvenience, insofar as Days 2, 4 and 6 were unsupervised, and Days 3 and 5 could be done at home via tele-medicine platform CLEA. Still, it presented another thing (or rather, five things) to do. 

From 3 March 2022, the Day 2 to 6 testing requirement will be scrapped. If you are midway through your testing regime, you can cease swabbing/reporting your results via the MySejahtera app (Android | iOS) from this date too. 

All other testing requirement remain the same as before. 

 Pre-departureOn-arrival
VTL (Air)PCR within 2 days of departurePCR at KLIA/ KLIA2
VTL( Land)ART or PCR within 2 days of departureART at Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal

Children aged below two are exempt from all testing requirements.

Singapore-Malaysia VTL travel: Total testing costs

⚕️ Testing: Singapore-Malaysia Travel
LocationRemarks*Price
🇸🇬 SingaporeVTL Air: 2 days before departure (PCR)
VTL Land: 2 days before departure (ART/PCR)
VTL Air: From S$98
VTL Land: From S$17.84
🇲🇾 MalaysiaVTL Air: On arrival (PCR)
VTL Land: On arrival (ART)
VTL Air: S$80/113^
VTL Land: S$30
🇲🇾 Malaysia2 days before departure (ART/PCR)From S$20
🇸🇬 SingaporeWithin 24h of arrival (ART)S$15
*Children aged 2 and under exempt
^Rapid PCR test (1.5h): MYR 370 (Malaysian)/ MYR 470 (Foreigner)
Regular PCR test (3h): MYR 250 (Malaysian)/ MYR 350 (Foreigner)

Following the removal of the Day 2 to 6 tests, VTL travellers from Singapore to Malaysia can expect to do a total of four COVID-19 tests. Travel to Malaysia still requires the more expensive PCR tests (unless you’re taking the VTL (Land) option), but travel to Singapore can be done with the cheaper ARTs.

In total, VTL (Air) travellers should expect to pay upwards of S$210 for testing, with higher costs applying to non-Malaysia nationals who do not enjoy subsidised testing at KLIA. 

VTL (Land) travellers will pay slightly over S$80. 

Travellers who have recently recovered from COVID-19 can be exempted from all pre-departure and on-arrival testing requirements when travelling to Singapore, subject to presenting acceptable proof.

Big news: No more SHN, testing or “14-day stranding” for recently-recovered vaccinated travellers to Singapore

For a rundown of the cheapest places to get your pre-departure test, refer to the article below. 

Cheapest pre-departure COVID-19 ART and PCR tests in Singapore

VTL Process

From Singapore to Malaysia

Here’s a summary of the requirements for VTL (Air) travellers from Singapore to Malaysia.

✔️ VTL (Air) Eligibility Criteria
(From 3 March 2022)
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*
  • Download MySejahtera app (Android | iOS)
  • Register at MySafeTravel portal
  • Pay for on-arrival COVID-19 test
  • Travel to Malaysia on designated VTL flight
  • Take PCR test on arrival at KLIA and wait for results at airport*
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

From Malaysia to Singapore

Singapore recently relaxed its border measures for VTL travellers, replacing the on-arrival PCR test requirement at Changi Airport with a supervised ART at a QTC/CTC within 24 hours of arrival. Alternatively, VTL travellers can opt to do a DA Tele-ART from the comfort of their own home. 

Also noteworthy is the scrapping of the Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) requirement for the majority of long-term passholders. Only work permit holders and short-term visitors are now required to apply for a VTP.

LTPHsVTLNon-VTL
  • Long Term Visit Pass
  • Immigration Exemption Order
  • Student’s Pass
  • Employment Pass
  • EntrePass
  • Personalised Employment Pass
  • Tech.Pass
  • Training Employment Pass
  • Work Holiday Pass
  • Dependant’s Pass
  • S Pass holders

✔️

  • Show Long-Term pass/ in-principle approval letter and proof of vaccination status to transport operators/ checkpoint staff
  • No need to apply for or present entry approval/VTP
  • Non-Malaysian male work permit holders in the CMP sector
  • Dormitory-bound work permit holders

Not allowed entry via VTL
✔️
Apply for and present entry approval
  • Confinement Nannies
  • Migrant Domestic Workers
  • All other work permit holders
✔️
Apply for and present VTP

With these changes, here’s a summary of the requirements for VTL travel to Singapore. 

✔️ VTL Eligibility Criteria
All
  • 7-day travel history only includes Singapore and/or VTL countries and/or Category I countries
  • Fully vaccinated with any vaccine on the WHO EUL^
  • Complete SG Arrival Card
  • Present negative pre-departure ART/PCR test taken within 2 days of flight to Singapore*
  • Take designated VTL flight to Singapore
  • Take supervised ART within 24 hours of arrival and isolate until negative result received*
Short-term visitors & Work permit holders
*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

Conclusion

Malaysia will be scrapping its daily post-arrival ART regime from 3 March 2022, which will save time and money for travellers. Sadly, it’s still sticking with the more expensive PCR tests for VTL (Air) travellers, but it’s surely only a matter of time before that gets scaled back to ARTs.

Travellers who wish to visit other parts of Malaysia must currently fly to Kuala Lumpur and complete their testing, before taking a connecting domestic flight. However, there’s been talk of expanding the VTL (Air) scheme beyond Kuala Lumpur to Penang and Kota Kinabalu. Let’s hope this happens soon as well.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Some dude

The daily ART test doesn’t seem to be enforced. I’m on my second week in MY but have yet gotten any call to action to submit ART test results in the MySejahtera app. It’s not even clear in the app where one can submit their test results.

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Matrix.RX1

under home, upper right hand corner, then submit results. That starts a questionnaire.

William

Has anyone seen definitive guidance on recently recovered COVID patients traveling by VTL (Air) into Malaysia? Main question is about pre-departure and on-arrival PCRs (since recently recovered can still show pos PCR even though not sick – that’s why SG scrapped the testing requirement). I’ve seen conflicting info on Malaysian MFA websites, and wondering if anyone has found anything conclusive. Thanks!

Bent

Not definitive but it says recovered pax between 11-60 days before departure is exempt from PDT. No mention about exemption from OAT.

https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/id/en/advisory/travel-information.html

William

Thanks!!

Leong

Hi, for a Singaporean travelling to Malaysia on VTL, does she still need to apply for My Travel Pass?

Mohd

All long yerm pass holders now need not apply mtp to msia.

Tian

My nightmare start when i apply for My Travel Pass to Malaysia. There came a section prompting you to purchase the Day 3 n 5 ART test for convenience sake. I made the payment through MyEG. Oh shit, soon after i tried to look for clinics nearby my workplace and hotel that support this testing online. I realised that non of them does. Upon arrival at KLIA, i approached the airline staff, i got the answer”they are not sure”. Asked to check with MyEG counter, great, zero staff appeared at the counter. What kind of government service are they offering.… Read more »

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