‘Dry run’ for Singapore-Malaysia land VTL held at Johor Causeway, says Khairy

Under Singapore’s VTL protocols, absolutely vaccinated travellers are in a position to journey into Singapore on designated flights, and take COVID-19 assessments in lieu of serving quarantine or stay-home discover. 

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The day by day quota for the journey lane scheme for all VTL international locations is 10,000 travellers.

Speaking throughout the state meeting on Sunday, Johor Chief Minister Hasni Mohammad stated that 1,440 individuals are anticipated to have the ability to journey between Johor and Singapore within the first week of the implementation of the land VTL.

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He added that the Johor state authorities and Malaysia’s Health Ministry have been strengthening COVID-19 testing procedures at land border checkpoints forward of the implementation. 

Mr Hasni additionally talked about that authorities will conduct a “pilot test” on the land VTL between Johor and Singapore earlier than asserting the protocols. 

Before border restrictions have been applied because of the pandemic, round 300,000 Malaysians would cross the Causeway day by day for work. Some Singaporeans would additionally journey throughout the Causeway for leisure actions like trip and procuring. 

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However, Mr Gan stated final Saturday that issues usually are not more likely to return to pre-pandemic days when lots of of hundreds of individuals shuttled between Singapore and Johor Bahru every day.

“We will start with a smaller number, with a certain limit quota,” he stated.

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“The priority is really to allow families who have been separated for a long time since the start of COVID-19 … to re-unite with their family members.”

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