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A Singapore-Malaysia land VTL will be introduced on November 29


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Singapore's Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced on Wednesday that a new vaccinated travel lane (VTL) via the Causeway will open next Monday (Nov 29).


Travelers will be required to use designated VTL bus services throughout the initial phase of the land VTL.
Travellers must be citizens, permanent residents, or holders of long-term passes in the country they are visiting.

 

According to the PMO, this is to give precedence to those who have worked in either country and want to visit their family.


"Malaysia is Singapore's nearest neighbour, and the two countries enjoy close ties.
"Before the COVID-19 pandemic hampered our cross-border activity, the Causeway was one of the busiest land borders in the world," remarked Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

 

"The VTL (Landlaunch )'s is a significant step toward reuniting our people and economies, and it will strengthen our bilateral connection."


According to Malaysia's Prime Minister's Office, the land VTL will allow Malaysians and Singaporeans on both sides of the Causeway who have been "separated from their families owing to the COVID-19 pandemic" to be reunited with their loved ones.

 

DESIGNATED BUS SERVICES

Each day, 32 land VTL approved bus services with a maximum capacity of 45 "fully seated" passengers will enter each country.


That means the land VTL scheme's daily quota will be around 2,900 passengers in total, with 1,440 people each way.


Two companies will be in charge of the designated services.
Transtar Travel will run 32 daily designated trips between Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange in Singapore and Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru, 16 from Malaysia and 16 from Singapore.

 

Handal Indah will also provide 32 daily excursions between Singapore's Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal and Queen Street Terminal.

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