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Singapore and Malaysia to launch quarantine-free travel from November 29

Off to see the neighbours again

Dewi Nurjuwita
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Dewi Nurjuwita
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Here's much-anticipated news to start your week: Singapore and Malaysia are launching a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) starting from November 29. 

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob have said in a joint statement that the two countries will launch the VTL between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport. "The Prime Ministers recognised that Covid-19 has disrupted people to people connections between the two countries, and separated families for many months," states the statement.

But here's a caveat: the reopening only covers air travel, and does not include land travel via the Causeway at Woodlands or Second Link at Tuas. As with previous updates, travellers would be able to return without quarantine, only needing to take two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – pre-departure and on-arrival. 

This new announcement brings the number of countries Singaporeans can travel to up to 14. Meanwhile, this marks Malaysia's first VTL. Curious to see how life is in the neighbouring city? Now you can make a quick visit. 

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