Travel between Malaysia, Singapore resumes as Vaccinated Travel Lane kicks off

30, Nov 2021 | nepaltraveller.com
Source::Xinhua

The bridge and air corridor connecting Malaysia and Singapore opened on Monday after the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Travel across the bridge connecting Malaysia and Singapore as well as an air corridor opened on Monday after the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bridge link, or causeway, was one of the busiest crossing points in the world with hundreds of thousands from both countries crossing the link daily before the pandemic.

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is on an official visit to Singapore, stopped by the causeway as part of a ceremony to mark its reopening under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL).

"As close, immediate neighbors, the deep relation between Malaysia and Singapore is of immense importance to both sides. More active multilevel engagements and much stronger cooperation is certainly the way forward for our two countries," he told a joint press conference with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

"This is crucial also for our contact of cooperation in undertaking effective and meaningful recovery efforts so that our countries will come stronger following the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic," he said.

Ismail Sabri said talks are underway to increase the number of crossing points, including from the second bridge link, and to allow private vehicles to make the trip.

Currently, travellers may only take special buses to make the land crossing while air travellers are confined to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Singapore's Changi Airport.

Travelling under the VTL will see quarantine requirements waived for fully vaccinated individuals, with other standard operating procedures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A passenger from Johor, Malaysia, via the land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) leaves after getting negative test results for the antigen rapid test (ART) at Singapore's Queen Street bus terminal on Nov. 29, 2021.

People wait to board the bus heading for Johor, Malaysia, via the land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) at Singapore's Queen Street bus terminal on Nov. 29, 2021.

A worker sprays antiseptic fluid on passengers' luggage before they board the bus heading for Johor, Malaysia, via the land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) at Singapore's Queen Street bus terminal on Nov. 29, 2021.

People board the bus heading for Johor, Malaysia, via the land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) at Singapore's Queen Street bus terminal on Nov. 29, 2021.

A bus carrying passengers from Malaysia leaves for Singapore following the reopening of the bridge link under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Nov. 29, 2021.

A bus carrying passengers from Singapore arrives at the Malaysian side following the reopening of the bridge link under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL).

Passengers from Singapore arrive at a bus station following the reopening of the bridge link under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL).

Passengers from Singapore hug with family members upon arrival at a bus station following the reopening of the bridge link under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Photos by Xinhua

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