Singapore

More than 4,000 travellers from Malaysia approved to enter Singapore via air VTL

In just 14 hours after applications opened on Monday (Nov 22), more than 4,000 travellers from Malaysia were approved to enter Singapore under the air vaccinated travel lane (VTL) set up between the two countries.

Responding to media queries, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said on Tuesday that 4,124 travellers from Malaysia have been issued with vaccinated travel passes as at 23.59pm on Monday.

The application window for Malaysian travellers to apply for the pass, which will allow them to fly between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore without quarantine from Nov 29, opened at 10am on Monday. Of the 4,124 approved travellers, 1,792 are short-term visitors and 2,332 are long-term pass holders.

On Monday, the SafeTravel website, where foreign travellers to Singapore can apply for the vaccinated travel pass, crashed despite the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) anticipating a surge in traffic.

Applications for travellers from Indonesia also opened at 10am on Monday, and the website failed when nearly 35,000 users tried to log in at the same time.

Pre-Covid-19, Singapore-Kuala Lumpur was the busiest international air route in the world, with about 40 flights daily and an average of 7,000 arrivals per day at Changi Airport.

So far, a total of 68,531 foreign travellers have received passes to enter Singapore via the 18 VTLs.

Of the 13 VTLs that are in operation, the most popular are with the United Kingdom (12,139 passes issued), Germany (10,834) and the United States (9,968). The VTL with Germany began on Sept 8 and those with the UK and US on Oct 19.

A total of 4,959 travellers from South Korea have been approved to enter Singapore via the VTL that began on Nov 15, and 5,964 from Australia via the VTL that opened on Nov 8.

The least used VTL is with Brunei, with only 530 travellers approved to travel here since applications opened on Sept 1.

 
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