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Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane-Land (VTL-Land) by Bus

The Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane-Land (VTL-Land) by Bus launched on 29 November 2021 with 2 VTL bus routes operated by Causeway Link and Transtar Travel as part of the first phase of the land VTL. With the introduction of Vaccinated Travel Lane-Land (VTL-Land) between Singapore and Malaysia via bus on the Johor-Singapore Causeway, passengers are allowed for quarantine-free travel between Singapore and Malaysia.

In the first phase, Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane-Land (VTL-Land) travellers have to be citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders of the country they are entering.

Singapore-Malaysia VTL Bus Routes

IMPORTANT: The following VTL Bus procedures should be taken note of first before proceeding to bus information.


🚌 VTL Bus Procedures To Enter Singapore 🇲🇾➡️🇸🇬

The information here is extracted from the Prime Minister’s Office Singapore (PMO) and Causeway Link.

Eligibility of Travellers

VTL-Land travellers to Singapore must be a Singapore Citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident, or a holder of a Singapore-issued Long-Term Pass (i.e. Work Permit, Employment Pass, Student’s Pass, or Long-Term Visit Pass).

In-Principle Approval Holders of a Singapore-issued Long-Term Pass and Foreign Short Term Visitors are not eligible to travel under the VTL (Land) arrangement currently. These travellers may wish to consider other Safe Travel Lanes for entry into Singapore.

Singapore-Malaysia Travel History

Travellers must have remained in Malaysia, any other VTL or Category I country/region as recognised by the Government of Singapore, and/or Singapore in the last 14 consecutive days before arrival in Singapore.

Pre-Departure Test (PDT)

Travellers must test negative in a valid pre-departure COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART), Rapid Testing Kit (RTK), or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), within 2 calendar days before departure for Singapore, taken at a laboratory or centre that is accredited or recognised by the Malaysia Ministry of Health. Self-test is not allowed. Travellers must have a valid negative pre-departure COVID-19 ART or PCR test result certificate (electronic or physical copy).

Children aged 2 years and below in the calendar year are not required to undergo these tests.

Vaccination Status

All VTL travellers must have been fully vaccinated and present a digital proof of vaccination that is recognised by the Singapore authorities, issued in any VTL country or Singapore. This is necessary to guard against forgery and verify that the certificate is issued by a trusted issuer and belongs to the VTL traveller.

Unvaccinated travellers who are aged 12 and below in this calendar year can travel to Singapore via the VTL (Land) if accompanied by a fully vaccinated VTL traveller.

Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders who have been vaccinated overseas (i.e. issued with foreign digital vaccination certificate outside of Singapore) are reminded to upload their vaccination certificate in the electronic health declaration card via the electronic SG Arrival Card, prior to arriving in Singapore.

Designated Bus Services

Travellers on VTL (Land) must arrive by designated VTL (Land) bus services. Travellers who arrive via other means (e.g. private transport or walking across the Causeway, etc.) will be subjected to prevailing border control measures, which include serving a 7-day Stay-Home Notice.

Designated bus services entering Singapore via the Causeway:

Transtar Travel will operate 32 daily designated trips (i.e. 16 trips from Malaysia to Singapore and 16 trips from Singapore to Malaysia) between Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange in Singapore and Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru.

Causeway Link will similarly operate 32 daily trips between Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru and Queen Street Terminal in Singapore. The maximum capacity for each VTL-Land designated bus is 45 fully seated passengers per trip.

Bus ticket will go on sale on 25 November 2021 at 0800 hours. Tickets will be released for sale 30 days ahead. Travellers are also required to purchase their bus tickets at least 3 days prior to the date of departure. The websites of the appointed bus operators are:

SG Arrival Card

All travellers are required to submit the SG Arrival Card with Electronic Health Declaration via the ICA website (https://go.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard) or through the SG Arrival Card mobile application that can be downloaded for free from either the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android). This must be done 3 calendar days prior to their arrival in Singapore. The SG Arrival Card replaces the paper disembarkation/embarkation card (also commonly referred to as the “white card”) which has been discontinued since 27 March 2020 and is no longer accepted at the checkpoints. The SG Arrival Card is a free service. The ICA does not support or endorse service providers providing paid services for the submission of the SG Arrival Card.

Vaccinated Travel Pass (Land)

Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and unvaccinated children aged 12 and below in this calendar year do not need to apply for Vaccinated Travel Pass (Land) for entry via VTL (Land).

Long-Term Pass Holders must apply for Vaccinated Travel Pass (Land) at https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/STO1/VTL.

Travellers should purchase their bus tickets and have the necessary documents ready, before they depart for Singapore. Document verification will be conducted prior to boarding of the designated buses. A detailed list of the documents required for the respective traveller group, is as follows:

Table from Prime Minister’s Office Singapore (PMO)

For more information, please visit https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl-land/overview.

Pre-Boarding at Larkin Sentral

Passengers must check in at least 2 hours earlier of departure time at Larkin Sentral. Staff will check for the following documents before boarding the bus:

  • Bus ticket (physical hardcopy required)
  • Passport
  • Vaccinated Travel Pass (physical hardcopy required)
  • Vaccination Certificate with QR Code (via Notarise portal / HealthHub / TraceTogether / MySejahtera, physical hardcopy is required)
  • A negative Pre-Departure Test (PDT) result (physical hardcopy required)

Special Note: Travellers must carry along an electronic or physical copy of the documents and present them to immigration officers and Causeway Link staff before boarding the bus. Passengers who fail to comply will be denied boarding.

On-Arrival Test (Day 1)

An on-arrival Antigen Rapid Test (ART) will be conducted for VTL-Land passengers arriving in Singapore at Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange and Queen Street Bus Terminal, in view of the new B.1.1.529 strain of the coronavirus (Omicron).

VTL-Land travellers will be required to make an e-payment for the ART at the testing centre directly.

🦠 NEW: Additional Post-Arrival Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) in 🇸🇬 SINGAPORE for ALL Singapore VTL Passengers

Day 2 self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART)

NEW: Additional Post-Arrival Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 Antigen Test (ART) in Singapore for All Singapore VTL Passengers. CLICK HERE for more details.

Day 3 supervised Antigen Rapid Test (ART)

NEW: Post-Arrival Day 3 and Day 7 Antigen Test (ART) for JB-Singapore VTL Bus Passengers. CLICK HERE for more details.

Day 4 self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART)

NEW: Additional Post-Arrival Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 Antigen Test (ART) in Singapore for All Singapore VTL Passengers. CLICK HERE for more details.

Day 5 self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART)

NEW: Additional Post-Arrival Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 Antigen Test (ART) in Singapore for All Singapore VTL Passengers. CLICK HERE for more details.

 

Day 6 self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART)

NEW: Additional Post-Arrival Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 Antigen Test (ART) in Singapore for All Singapore VTL Passengers. CLICK HERE for more details.

Day 7 supervised Antigen Rapid Test (ART)

NEW: Post-Arrival Day 3 and Day 7 Antigen Test (ART) for JB-Singapore VTL Bus Passengers. CLICK HERE for more details.


🚌 VTL Bus Procedures To Enter Malaysia 🇸🇬➡️🇲🇾

The information here is extracted from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and Causeway Link.

Eligibility of Travellers

VTL-Land travellers to Singapore must be a Malaysia Citizen, Malaysia Permanent Resident, or a holder of a Malaysia-issued Long-Term Pass.

Singapore-Malaysia Travel History

Travellers must have remained only in Singapore or Malaysia in the last 14 consecutive days before arrival in Malaysia.

Pre-Departure Test (PDT)

Travellers must test negative in a valid pre-departure COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART), Rapid Testing Kit (RTK), or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), within 2 calendar days before departure for Singapore, taken at a laboratory or centre that is accredited or recognised by the Singapore Ministry of Health. Self-test is not allowed. Travellers must have a valid negative pre-departure COVID-19 ART or PCR test result certificate (electronic or physical copy).

Vaccination Status

All VTL travellers must have been fully vaccinated and present a digital proof of vaccination that is recognised by the Malaysia authorities.

Unvaccinated travellers who are aged 12 and below based on date of birth can travel to Malaysia via the VTL (Land) if accompanied by a fully vaccinated VTL traveller.

Malaysia Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders who have been vaccinated overseas (i.e. issued with foreign digital vaccination certificate outside of Malaysia) are reminded to upload their vaccination certificate in MySejahtera under “I have received my vaccination overseas and would like to obtain my digital certificate in MySejahtera”.

Designated Bus Services

Travellers on VTL (Land) must arrive by designated VTL (Land) bus services. Travellers who arrive via other means (e.g. private transport or walking across the Causeway, etc.) will be subjected to prevailing border control measures.

Designated bus services entering Singapore via the Causeway:

Transtar Travel will operate 32 daily designated trips (i.e. 16 trips from Malaysia to Singapore and 16 trips from Singapore to Malaysia) between Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange in Singapore and Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru.

Causeway Link will similarly operate 32 daily trips between Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru and Queen Street Terminal in Singapore. The maximum capacity for each VTL-Land designated bus is 45 fully seated passengers per trip.

Bus ticket will go on sale on 25 November 2021 at 0800 hours. Tickets will be released for sale 30 days ahead. Travellers are also required to purchase their bus tickets at least 3 days prior to the date of departure. The websites of the appointed bus operators are:

MySafeTravel

Travellers coming into Malaysia using the VTL-Land need to register with MySafeTravel at https://mysafetravel.gov.my/ at least 3 days before arrival.

MySejahtera App

Travellers must install MySejahtera app with an updated profile. (Download for Android / Apple)

Pre-Boarding at Singapore Queen Street Terminal (QST) or Singapore Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (WTBI)

Passengers must check in at least 2 hours earlier of departure time at at Singapore Queen Street Terminal (QST) or Singapore Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (WTBI). Staff will check for the following documents before boarding the bus:

  • Bus ticket (physical hardcopy required)
  • Passport
  • Vaccinated Travel Pass (physical hardcopy required)
  • Vaccination Certificate with QR Code Vaccination Certificate with QR Code (via Notarise portal / HealthHub / TraceTogether / MySejahtera, physical hardcopy is required)
  • A negative Pre-Departure Test (PDT) result (physical hardcopy required)

Special Note: Travellers must carry along an electronic or physical copy of the documents and present them to immigration officers and Causeway Link staff before boarding the bus. Passengers who fail to comply will be denied boarding.

On-Arrival Test

A supervised on-arrival Rapid Testing Kit (RTK) Antigen Test is conducted for VTL-Land passengers arriving in Malaysia at Larkin Sentral.

🦠 NEW: Additional Post-Arrival Day 3 and Day 7 RTK/ART Test in MALAYSIA for All Singapore-Malaysia VTL Passengers

Day 3 and Day 7 Test

Passengers entering Malaysia from Singapore by the Vaccinated Travel Lane (Air) [VTL (Air)] and Vaccinated Travel Lane (Land) [VTL (Land)] will have to take the additional self-administered Day 3 and Day 7 COVID-19 Rapid Testing Kit (RTK) Antigen Tests using self-purchased Rapid Antigen Test Kits (RTK) in Malaysia.

These results will have to be reported on the MySejahtera application.

More details for the Malaysia Day 3 and Day 7 COVID-19 Rapid Testing Kit (RTK) Antigen Tests here.


Singapore-Malaysia VTL-Land Bus Service Information

Causeway Link (Handal Indah) VTL1 Bus

Causeway Link (Handal Indah) will operate 32 daily VTL buses – 16 VTL trips from Malaysia and 16 VTL trips from Singapore – between Singapore Queen Street Bus Terminal and Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral.

Causeway Link VTL1 Bus Online Booking:
https://www.causewaylink.com.my

Causeway Link VTL1 Bus Online Booking is powered by Easybook.

Causeway Link VTL1 Bus is currently only available from 29 November until 12 December 2021. For travel from 12 December 2021 onwards (30 days before date of departure), check Transtar Travel VTL Bus for available tickets.

Causeway Link VTL1 Bus Fares:
From Singapore Queen Street Bus Terminal: Adult S$15 / Child S$8
From Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral: Adult RM20 / Child RM10

Passengers will have a guaranteed seat on board Causeway Link VTL1 Bus. Passengers are not allowed to change seats on board Causeway Link VTL1 Bus.

Causeway Link VTL1 Bus Operating Hours from 29 November – 5 December 2021:
From Singapore Queen Street Bus Terminal: 9.30am to 8.15pm
From Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral: 7.30am to 6.45pm

Causeway Link VTL1 Bus Timetable from 29 November – 5 December 2021:
From Singapore Queen Street Bus Terminal: 0900 / 0945 / 1030 / 1115 / 1200 / 1245 / 1330 / 1415 / 1500 / 1545 / 1630 / 1715 / 1800 / 1845 / 1930 / 2015
From Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral: 0730 / 0815 / 0900 / 0945 / 1030 / 1115 / 1200 / 1245 / 1330 / 1415 / 1500 / 1545 / 1630 / 1715 / 1800 / 1845

Causeway Link VTL1 Bus Frequency from 29 November – 5 December 2021:
Every 45 minutes

Causeway Link VTL1 Bus Operating Hours from 6 – 12 December 2021:
From Singapore Queen Street Bus Terminal: 9.00am to 8.00pm
From Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral: 7.30am to 6.30pm

Causeway Link VTL1 Bus Timetable from 6 – 12 December 2021:
From Singapore Queen Street Bus Terminal: 0900 / 1000 / 1030 / 1130 / 1200 / 1300 / 1330 / 1430 / 1500 / 1600 / 1630 / 1730 / 1800 / 1900 / 1930 / 2000
From Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral: 0730 / 0830 / 0900 / 1000 / 1030 / 1130 / 1200 / 1300 / 1330 / 1430 / 1500 / 1600 / 1630 / 1730 / 1800 / 1830

Causeway Link VTL1 Bus Frequency from 6 – 12 December 2021:
Every 30-60 minutes

Causeway Link VTL1 Bus Check-in time:
At least 2 hours before departure time. Passengers MUST arrive early for pre-boarding process.

Book Causeway Link VTL-Land Bus tickets online here.

Transtar Travel VTL2 Bus

Transtar Travel will operate 32 daily VTL buses – 16 VTL trips from Malaysia and 16 VTL trips from Singapore – between Singapore Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (WTBI) and Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral.

Transtar Travel VTL2 Bus Online Booking:
https://www.transtar.travel/

Transtar Travel VTL Bus Online Booking is powered by BusOnlineTicket. Bookings for the Transtar Travel VTL Bus opens 30 days before departure at 8am.

Transtar Travel VTL2 Bus Fares:
From Singapore Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (WTBI): Adult S$15 / Child S$8
From Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral: Adult RM20 / Child RM10

Passengers will have a guaranteed seat on board Transtar Travel VTL Bus. Passengers are not allowed to change seats on board Transtar Travel VTL Bus.

Transtar Travel VTL2 Bus Operating Hours:
From Singapore Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (WTBI): 8.00am to 6.00pm
From Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral: 9.30am to 7.30pm

Transtar Travel VTL2 Bus Timetable from 29 November 2021:
From Singapore Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (WTBI): 0800 / 0840 / 0920 / 1000 / 1040 / 1120 / 1200 / 1240 / 1320 / 1400 / 1440 / 1520 / 1600 / 1640 / 1720 / 1800
From Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral: 0930 / 1010 / 1050 / 1130 / 1210 / 1250 / 1330 / 1410 / 1450 / 1530 / 1610 / 1650 / 1730 / 1810 / 1850 / 1930

Transtar Travel VTL2 Bus Frequency from 29 November 2021:
Every 40 minutes

Transtar Travel VTL2 Bus Check-in time:
At least 2 hours before departure time. Passengers MUST arrive early for pre-boarding process.

Book Transtar Travel VTL-Land Bus tickets online here.


Singapore Looking At Singapore-Malaysia VTL Train

Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong said on Wednesday, 24 November 2021 that  “Whereas the next step is probably looking at the possibility of allowing the train between Singapore and Malaysia to also tap on this VTL land access, so that Singaporeans and Malaysians can then also make use of (the) train to travel. But both bus and train are more manageable because they have a fixed capacity.”. Source: CNA

He also adds that “The immediate focus is really on bus, the next step maybe on the train between the two places.” Source: CNA

However, the Singapore-JB VTL Train cannot run immediately due to Gemas-Johor Bahru Electrified Double-Tracking Project (EDTP) progress and track closure from 23 November 2021 till at least May 2022.

Click here to understand why the Singapore-Malaysia VTL Train is not possible at this point of time.

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