Causeway VTL being launched on Nov 29, tickets sold out in 20 minutes

Travel quotas for this VTL will be reviewed weekly.

Alicia Ang

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Published: 25 November 2021, 12:06 PM

Singapore’s first land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) will be launched on Nov 29, allowing travellers to cross the Causeway into or out of Malaysia. 

The VTL will allow for travel between Singapore and Malaysia without the need to serve quarantine or Stay-Home Notice. 

At the moment, only citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders of the country they are travelling to are allowed to use the VTL. This means that leisure trips are currently barred. 

In the first phase of the land VTL, travellers will only be able to travel on designated VTL buses. There will be 32 land VTL designated bus services entering each country per day. 

Two designated VTL bus services have been announced, Transtar Travel and Handal Indah. Both services will run 32 buses to and from Malaysia daily, with each bus having a maximum capacity of 45 passengers. In total, up to 2,880 travellers will be travelling across the Causeway daily, with 1,440 travelling in each direction. 

Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Trade and Industry, stated that travel quotas will be reviewed weekly based on the COVID-19 situations in both countries.

Bus tickets will go on sale 30 days in advance, and travellers are required to book their ticket a minimum of three days prior to departure. They are also required to produce a negative ART or PCR test two days before departure. 

Bus tickets went on sale at 8am on Nov 25, and sold out by 8.20am. Both the Transtar Travel and Handal Indah booking sites experienced high traffic, causing issues with their servers. 

Tickets for the next 30 days are currently sold out. 

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