Singapore and Malaysia Travel Requirements & Restrictions

Singapore and Malaysia Travel Requirements & Restrictions for VTL Travellers

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With the Singapore – Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) opening on 29 Nov 2021, many have already begun planning their travels between the two countries. A few days ago, full details on the use of said VTL was finally released by both countries. 

For those interested in travelling quarantine-free between Malaysia and Singapore, here’s all you need to know about the Singapore – Malaysia VTL travel requirements. 

Travelling to Malaysia from Singapore

Who can travel to Malaysia under the Singapore – Malaysia VTL scheme?

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Travelling out of Singapore to Malaysia on the Singapore – Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Changi Airport and KLIA is allowed for all purposes of travel. This applies to eligible travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

At present, Malaysia recognises all vaccine brands approved under the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing. Travellers who have received mixed vaccination doses are also recognised as fully vaccinated. 

Children under the age of 12 (based on date of birth) need not show proof of vaccination to travel. However, they must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated traveller when entering Malaysia.

Malaysia travel requirements

Fully vaccinated travellers in Singapore do not need to apply for travel to Malaysia under the Singapore – Malaysia VTL. However, before travelling out of Singapore, travellers must ensure that they fully meet all the travel requirements to enter Malaysia:  

1. Those who wish to travel to Malaysia on the Singapore – Malaysia VTL must have remained in either Singapore or Malaysia for 14 consecutive days prior to departure. 

2. You must undergo a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test within two days before departure. The test must be taken at an accredited laboratory, clinic, or medical facility recognised by the Singapore Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Health of Malaysia.

3. You must also register and pay for an on-arrival RT-PCR test at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The test will be administered at the BP Clinical Lab Health Screening Centre once you arrive. 

4. Short-term visitors must possess a return ticket. In addition, they must purchase mandatory travel insurance with a minimum coverage of RM100,000 (roughly S$32,500). The coverage must include COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs. 

Also read: COVID-19 Travel Insurance for Singaporeans: A Simple Guide for Your Next Adventure

5. You must also download and register your profile on the MySejahtera mobile app. Children under the age of 12 may be registered as a dependent of the legal guardian/parent that are accompanying them on their travels.

In summary

Upon checking in for your VTL flight to Malaysia, you must be able to present the following: 

a) Valid passport or visa (if applicable) with a “clean” travel history
b) Digitally verifiable COVID-19 vaccination certificate
c) Negative pre-departure RT-PCR test (taken at least two days before departure)
d) A mobile device with the MySejahtera app and profile installed
e) Electronic or physical copy of travel insurance
f) A valid return flight ticket (for short-term visitors) 

What to expect when you arrive in Malaysia

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When you arrive at KLIA on the Singapore – Malaysia VTL, you will have to undergo an onsite RT-PCR test. Rather than proceeding to a place of accommodation for temporary quarantine, you will be escorted to a designated waiting area after getting swabbed. The results should be available within 1 – 3 hours

Once your results come back negative, you will be able to proceed through immigration. At the immigration counter, present: 

a) Valid passport or visa (if applicable) with a “clean” travel history
b) Boarding Pass
c) A valid return flight ticket (for short-term visitors) 

Local travel restrictions in Malaysia

During your stay in Malaysia, you will have to adhere to the prevailing public health measures at all times. These will include the wearing of face coverings in public and crowded places and safe distancing. Note that certain attractions and/or facilities may also have a cap on the maximum number of visitors allowed. 

In addition, you will have to keep your MySejahtera app updated on a regular basis. Do not delete it from your mobile phone and make sure to scan the QR code at business premises to check-in for contact tracing purposes. 

Also read: Where to Travel in Malaysia: Top Destinations from Every State in The Country

Travelling to Singapore from Malaysia

Who can travel to Singapore under the Singapore – Malaysia VTL scheme?

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Travelling out of Malaysia to Singapore on the Singapore – Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between KLIA and Changi Airport is allowed for all purposes of travel. This applies to eligible travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

At present, Singapore recognises all vaccine brands approved under the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing. Travellers who have received mixed vaccination doses are also recognised as fully vaccinated. 

Children under the age of 12 (based on date of birth) need not show proof of vaccination to travel on the Singapore – Malaysia VTL. However, they must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated traveller when entering Malaysia.

Singapore travel requirements

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Fully vaccinated travellers will need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) to enter Singapore via the Singapore – Malaysia VTL. This applies to both short-term visitors (such as leisure or business travellers) and Long-Term Pass holders (except for children below the age of 12).  

Applications open on 22 Nov 2021. You will need to apply for a VTP between seven and 60 calendar days prior to entry into Singapore. Applications are free of charge. During your application, you will have to upload the QR code of your digitally-certifiable vaccine certificate. 

In addition, take note of the following travel requirements for Singapore: 

1. Those who wish to travel to Singapore on the Singapore – Malaysia VTL must have remained in either Singapore or Malaysia for 14 consecutive days prior to departure. 

2. You must undergo a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR or Antigen Rapid Test (ART) within two days before departure. The test must be taken at an accredited laboratory, clinic, or medical facility recognised by the Singapore Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Health of Malaysia.

3. You must also register and pay for an on-arrival RT-PCR test at Changi International Airport

4. Short-term visitors must submit their health, travel history, and accommodation declarations electronically via the SG Arrival Card e-service. This must be done no earlier than three days prior to arrival in Singapore; 

5. Purchase mandatory travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 (roughly RM93,000). The coverage must include COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs. 

6. You must also download and register your profile on the TraceTogether mobile app. Children who are aged 7 to 12 years (based on date of birth) and those unable to use a mobile device due to a certified disability or special needs are eligible to be issued TraceTogether tokens. 

Children aged 6 years or younger are exempted from the TraceTogether requirement altogether.

In summary

Upon checking in for your VTL flight to Singapore, you must be able to present the following: 

a) Valid Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) for the specified period of entry into Singapore
b) Valid passport or visa (if applicable) with a “clean” travel history
c) Digitally verifiable COVID-19 vaccination certificate
d) Negative pre-departure ART or RT-PCR test 
e) A mobile device with the TraceTogether app and profile installed
f) Electronic or physical copy of travel insurance

What to expect when you arrive in Singapore

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During immigration, travellers on the Singapore – Malaysia VTL have to present the following documents: 

a) Valid Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) for the specified period of entry into Singapore
b) Valid passport or visa (if applicable) with a “clean” travel history
c) Digitally verifiable COVID-19 vaccination certificate
d) Negative pre-departure ART or RT-PCR test 
e) A mobile device with the TraceTogether app and profile installed

Much like travelling to Malaysia, VTL travellers arriving at Changi International Airport will need to undergo an RT-PCR test

After the test is administered, you must immediately take private transportation, taxi or private hire car from the airport to your declared accommodation listed on your SG Arrival Card. You must then self-isolate until your results are returned. This will typically take about 24 hours

Local travel restrictions in Singapore

During your stay in Singapore, you will have to adhere to the prevailing public health measures at all times. These will include the wearing of face coverings in public and crowded places and safe distancing. Note that certain attractions and/or facilities may also have a cap on the maximum number of visitors allowed. 

In addition, you will have to keep your TraceTogether app updated on a regular basis for contact tracing purposes. Visitors who use the TraceTogether token must carry their own tokens with them wherever they go. 

Before departing for Malaysia, visitors must return their own TraceTogether tokens in-person at the designated TraceTogether token return booths/counters.

Also read: 10 Uniquely Fun Activities in Singapore That Are Totally Off the Beaten Path

Which flights will service the Singapore – Malaysia VTL 

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Those travelling either way on the Singapore – Malaysia VTL must travel on non-stop designated flights between Malaysia and  Singapore. 

There will be six daily designated services between Changi Airport and KLIA at the start of the Singapore – Malaysia VTL. The current airlines that provide VTL services are Singapore Airlines, Scoot, AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Malaysia Airlines, and Malindo Air. 

During booking, ensure that your chosen flights are marked with a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) tag. Otherwise, you will not qualify for quarantine-free travel upon arrival.

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