Malaysia Airlines planes land on asphalt at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on September 7, 2020.
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SINGAPORE – A quarantine-free trip between Singapore and neighboring Malaysia will begin for vaccinated travelers on Nov. 29, the two countries announced on Monday.
Sweden and Finland will also be included in Singapore’s “vaccinated travel corridors” from November 29, the health ministry said in a press release on Monday.
Instead of serving quarantine, vaccinated travelers from these countries take Covid-19 tests to make sure they are not infected with the coronavirus.
The prime ministers of Singapore and Malaysia said in a joint statement that restrictions on the Covid border had separated families in both countries for months.
“It is time to gradually restore safe, cross-border travel between the two countries,” the two leaders said.
Singapore has already launched vaccinated travel corridors with at least 12 countries, including Australia, the UK and the United States. The city-state will begin organizing joint vaccinated travel corridors with South Korea on Nov. 15.
“We are in talks with our other ASEAN neighbors to re-establish contact with them, and when they are ready, we will make further announcements,” Transport Minister S. Isvaran told reporters at a virtual briefing on Monday. “We are also in talks with our partners in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.”
The route with Malaysia operates only between Changi Airport in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
Before the pandemic stopped traveling, the air route between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur was one of the busiest international airlines in the world.
There are two land links in Southeast Asian countries, but travelers who cross these borders are not eligible to travel without quarantine.
The two countries look forward to restoring land ties “in the near future,” the statement said, noting that “there is good progress” in “ongoing detailed discussions” on reopening land borders.
Singapore currently has a quota of 4,000 tourists per day to cater to visitors from 13 VTL countries, including South Korea, Isvaran said.
“When we launch VTL to Malaysia, Finland and Sweden, we will increase it to 6,000,” the minister said, adding that the figure is “about 8 per cent of the daily visitors to Changi before Kovid”.
“With the launch of VTLs, there has been an encouraging growth rate in passenger traffic. We expect this growth to continue in the coming months as we expand VTLs to more countries and restore public confidence in air traffic,” he said. she is. .