Malaysia to raise daily passenger quota by nearly 60% for land VTL with Singapore from March 14

The move would allow more fully vaccinated people to travel across the Causeway. PHOTO: ST FILE

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The daily passenger quota under the vaccinated travel lane (VTL) for land crossing initiative with Singapore will be raised from 2,160 to 3,420 people starting next Monday (March 14), Malaysia's Transport Ministry said on Thursday (March 10).

The move would allow more fully vaccinated people to travel across the Causeway - between Johor state and Singapore - without being subject to quarantine and other related requirements, the ministry said in a statement.

A spokesman from Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry confirmed the higher quota in response to a query from The Straits Times.

"We are progressively expanding the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) with Malaysia via our land borders, to allow more travellers to travel across the borders.

"From 14 March 2022, the quotas for VTL (Land) will be increased, from the current 2,160 daily travellers one-way to 3,420 daily travellers one-way. This is equivalent to 76 bus trips. Sales for the additional bus tickets will start from 11 March 2022.

"We will continue to review our border measures and expand VTL (Land) in a safe and progressive manner, taking into account the public health situation in both countries and globally," the spokesman said.

The Malaysian statement said the sale of bus tickets for the additional daily quota will begin on Friday for travel from next Monday onwards.

The two designated bus operators for the land VTL are Transtar Travel and Causeway Link.

"Passengers will still be subject to existing VTL land travel requirements, including the pre-departure tests and on-arrival tests," the transport ministry said.

The additional quota comes as Malaysia is set to transition into the endemic phase of the coronavirus pandemic that will begin on April 1, with several relaxations for international flights into the country.

Malaysia's Transport Ministry said the VTL land bilateral agreement with Singapore will continue to ensure better safety for land travel to and from the Causeway.

"This arrangement is being jointly reviewed by the respective authorities of both countries ahead of any future announcements," it added.

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