Land VTL with Malaysia to start on Monday
There will be up to 2,880 travellers daily, quota to be reviewed on weekly basis
From Monday, up to 1,440 Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders in Malaysia will be able to cross the Causeway into Singapore each day using designated bus services, without the need for quarantine.
Similarly, up to 1,440 Malaysian citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders in Singapore will be able to go back home, as part of the initial phase of a much-anticipated land vaccinated travel lane (VTL) between the two countries.
The Singapore Prime Minister's Office said yesterday that depending on the public health situation in both countries, the land VTL will be expanded progressively to include general travellers.
Tickets for the designated land VTL buses in the first phase go on sale at 8am today.
Those travelling via the land VTL must take a professionally administered antigen rapid test (ART) or polymerase chain reaction test within two days of departure.
The test must be done at an accredited laboratory or testing centre. Those travelling to Malaysia will also need to take an additional supervised on- arrival ART after clearing immigration in Johor Baru.
For now, those travelling via the land VTL have to be citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders - including those with work passes and student passes - of the country they are entering.
This arrangement is meant to give priority to workers in either country who have not been able to visit their families since the land border was shut in March last year.
More than 100,000 Malaysians continue to live and work in Singapore despite travel restrictions.
The authorities are also working towards restoring quarantine-free travel through the Tuas Second Link.
"Malaysia is Singapore's closest neighbour and the two countries share deep and warm relations," Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a statement. "The launch of the VTL (Land) is a big step towards reconnecting our people and economies and will further enhance our bilateral relationship."
Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong said the daily quota of travellers allowed to cross the border under the land VTL will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
Both sides are also exploring the possibility of adding train journeys to the land VT.
But travelling in one's own vehicle will have to wait.
For a start, there will be 64 daily VTL bus trips between Malaysia and Singapore, 32 in each direction, with a maximum of 45 seated passengers for every trip.
All land VTL travellers must use the designated bus services.
Those who arrive at the border via other means, such as private transport or by walking across the Causeway, will need to serve stay-home notices even if they have been approved to travel via the land VTL.
The opening of the Causeway for quarantine-free travel will coincide with the start of the air VTL between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
More than 4,000 travellers have already been approved to enter Singapore via that route.