How to Apply Land VTL between Singapore and Malaysia

I have lost counts of how long it has been to be far from home but the good news is really legit this time! Singapore and Malaysia will launch both air and land vaccinated travel lanes on the coming Monday (29 November 2021)!

In this article, I am going to share with you all the information available currently on the land VTL and how to apply it.

What is Vaccinated Travel Lane?

Under the VTL, fully vaccinated travelers from one country may enter the
other country without quarantine, subject to COVID-19 testing and further requirements determined by the receiving country.

Travellers have to be citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders of the country they are entering.

Daily Quota of Land VTL and Designated Bus Services

There will be 32 land VTL designated bus services entering each country per day, with a maximum capacity of 45 “fully seated” passengers per trip.

Therefore, the daily quota for the land VTL scheme will be about 2,900 travelers in total, with 1,440 passengers each way.

32 Trips From Malaysia Entering Singapore :

FromToBus Service ProviderTotal Number of Trips
Woodlands Temporary Bus InterchangeLarkin Sentral Bus Terminal (Johor Bahru)Transtar Travel16
Queen Street TerminalLarkin Sentral Bus Terminal (Johor Bahru)Handal Indah16
  TOTAL32

32 Trips From Singapore Entering Malaysia:

FromToBus Service ProviderTotal Number of Trips
Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal (Johor Bahru)Woodlands Temporary Bus InterchangeTranstar Travel16
Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal (Johor Bahru)Queen Street TerminalHandal Indah16
  TOTAL32

How to travel From Singapore to Malaysia

Planning the Trip

  1. Ensure that you are fully vaccinated and have a valid vaccination certificate with QR code.
    • If vaccinated in Singapore: Notarise portal or HealthHub and Trace Together app
    • If vaccinated in Malaysia: MySejahtera app
  2. Book designated VTL (Land) bus ticket at least 3 days before arrival.
  3. Apply for Vaccinated Travel Pass via www.mysafetravel.gov.my
    • Submissions would only start on 26 November 2021

Prepare for Departure

  1. Print Vaccination Certificate with QR code, Vaccinated Travel Pass, travel/medical insurance and other relevant documents.
  2. Do a professionally-administered pre-departure test (either ART or PCR) within 2 days before arrival. Ensure test result is negative and test report is in English.

Boarding the bus

  1. Prepare documents (in English) to be checked:
    • Proof of VTL-Land Registration
    • Passport
    • VTL (Land) Bus ticket
    • Vaccination certificate
    • Vaccinated Travel Pass (if applicable)
    • Negative pre-departure test (ART or PCR)
  2. Reach the boarding points 2 hour earlier, and board the designated VTL (Land) bus to Malaysia.

After Arrival

  1. Proceed to do On-Arrival Test
  2. Download MySejahtera app, register profile and activate the app

How to travel From Malaysia to Singapore

Planning the Trip

  1. Ensure that you are fully vaccinated and have a valid vaccination certificate with QR code.
    • If vaccinated in Singapore: Notarise portal or HealthHub and Trace Together app
    • If vaccinated in Malaysia: MySejahtera app
  2. Book designated VTL (Land) bus ticket at least 3 days before arrival.
  3. Apply for Vaccinated Travel Pass via Singapore Safe Travel Portal at least 3 days before arrival. Successful applicants will receive Approval (Letter of Entry) via email.

Preparing for Departure

  1. Submit personal information, trip details and health declaration via the SG Arrival Card e-service within 3 days before arrival.
  2. Do a professionally-administered pre-departure test (either ART or PCR) within 2 days before arrival.
    1. List of accredited test centres in Malaysia : go.gov.sg/msia-testcentres

Boarding the Bus

  1. Prepare documents (in English) to be checked:
    • Passport VTL (Land) Bus ticket
    • Vaccination certificate
    • Vaccinated Travel Pass (if applicable)
    • Negative pre-departure test (ART or PCR)
    • Completed SG Arrival Card
  2. Reach the Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal 1 hour earlier, and board the designated VTL (Land) bus to Singapore.

After Arrival

  1. Download TraceTogether app, register profile and activate the app
  2. No on-arrival ART requirement for those entering Singapore.

A rejoice, but never let our guard down

There are more than 100,000 Malaysians stuck in Singapore since March last year, and 770 traveller quota means only less than 1% get to go back home every day.

While the governments have finally decided to ease on the border restriction, we must not let our guard down and always remember that COVID is still everywhere.

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