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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 8): Malaysia and Singapore will launch a vaccinated travel lane (VTL) between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Changi Airport on Nov 29, according to a joint press statement by the leaders of the two countries.

"Under the VTL, fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel between Singapore and Malaysia, and be subjected to Covid-19 tests in lieu of serving quarantine or the stay-home notice," said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the statement on Monday (Nov 8).

The two prime ministers also look forward to restoring travel across the land links between the two countries in the near future.

“The VTLs are another important milestone in the long-standing Malaysia-Singapore cooperation. 

“The VTLs will allow travel as our two countries gradually reopen our borders responsibly by balancing the need to recover our economies while ensuring the safety and health of our peoples from Covid-19. 

“I look forward to the effective implementation of this travel scheme, adding to those we have already developed previously to facilitate movements of people and goods between Malaysia and Singapore,” said Ismail Sabri in the statement. 

Meanwhile, Lee highlighted in the statement that Singapore and Malaysia enjoy deep, warm and multifaceted relations.

“I am very happy that both our countries are finally able to restart cross-border travel through the VTLs. 

“This will help revive our economies, restore our people-to-people ties and strengthen our bilateral relationship,” he added. 

The statement noted that the two premiers spoke on the phone on Monday and they were happy to note the good progress in ongoing detailed discussions on a similar vaccinated travel scheme to reopen travel across the Causeway and the Second Link, taking into account the public health situations in Johor and Singapore.

Edited ByLam Jian Wyn & Joyce Goh
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