VTL Bus Document Checklist to Singapore from JB Malaysia for Causeway Link & Transtar Travel VTL Buses

Documents required for travelling from Malaysia to Singapore by Causeway Link and Transtar Travel VTL Buses

Vaccinated Travel Lane (Land) [VTL (Land)] passengers travelling on the Causeway Link VTL Bus and Transtar Travel VTL Bus via the Johor-Singapore Causeway can travel from Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Singapore without quarantine. With the unilateral opening of Malaysia on 1 April 2022, the VTL (Land) is still in place for passengers travelling quarantine-free to Singapore.

Click here for VTL Bus Document Checklist from 🇸🇬 Singapore to 🇲🇾 Johor Bahru Malaysia until 31 March 2022.

Click here for travel Procedures to Malaysia from 1 April 2022.

Documents required before boarding the Causeway Link VTL Bus and Transtar Travel VTL Bus from Larkin Sentral:

  1. Bus ticket for designated Causeway Link VTL Bus or Transtar Travel VTL Bus
  2. Passport
  3. Singapore NRIC or Re-Entry Permit (applicable for Singapore Permanent Residents only)
  4. Physical or electronic copy of the Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) for the specified period of entry if not a Singapore Citizen, Permanent Resident, or holder of a Singapore-issued Long-Term Pass – see below for more information
  5. Valid digitally verifiable vaccination certificate issued by Malaysia from MySejahtera, issued by Singapore from NotariseTraceTogether, or HealthHub, or any other digitally verifiable vaccination certificate accepted by Singapore under the VTL (Land) in English
  6. Valid pre-departure negative COVID-19 PCR or ART test in English
  7. SG Arrival Card (SGAC)
  8. Downloaded TraceTogether app

Passengers without all these documents will be denied boarding.

Full details are below, with information extracted from SafeTravel by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore.


VTL (Land) Checklist for Travel to Singapore from SafeTravel by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

VTL Land Travel Checklist

  For travellers including Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, holders/in-principle approval (“IPA”) holders of a Singapore-issued Long-Term Pass and Malaysia Citizens entering Singapore via the Causeway taking designated buses for the VTL (Land).

   Not for travellers arriving in Singapore by plane ✈. Fully vaccinated travellers who intend to fly from Malaysia to Singapore should check the Vaccinated Travel Lane (Air) for more details.

   Not for non-Malaysian citizens holding an IPA of a Singapore-issued Long-Term Pass

   Not for Non-Malaysian male Work Permit holders in the Construction, Marine Shipyard or Process (CMP) Sector or Work Permit holders staying in dormitories.

   Not for travellers leaving Singapore. Travellers who intend to leave Singapore using the VTL (Land) should visit the “Vaccinated Travel Lane (Land) for Travel to Malaysia” page for more details.

  Travellers may mark “☑” against the box (☐) for completed actions. Travellers may also refer to this infographic for a quick overview of the VTL-Land travel procedures/protocols.

Stage 1: Before Travelling to Singapore
☐ (1A) Obtain an accepted proof of vaccination

Obtain any of the following digitally verifiable vaccination certificates accepted by the Singapore Government:

  1. Singapore: Singapore Vaccination HealthCerts issued via the Notarise portal with a QR code, or Proof of vaccination on the TraceTogether or HealthHub app
  2. Malaysia: Digital Certificate for COVID-19 Vaccination downloaded or shown on the MySejahtera app
  3. Other countries/regions: Please refer to this guide for acceptable proof of vaccination.

Travellers are encouraged to verify that their vaccination certificates are valid using publicly available verification tools if available, before they apply for a VTP or travel to Singapore.

❓  Frequently asked questions regarding vaccination proof can be found here.

☐ (1B) Secure Tickets for a Designated VTL (Land) Bus Service

⏰   Purchase tickets at least 1 day before arrival in Singapore

To qualify for VTL (Land)’s quarantine-free travel health protocols, VTL (Land) travellers must arrive in Singapore on a designated bus service offered by the operators below*.

  1. Handal Indah
  2. Transtar Travel

*The list of bus operators and websites will be regularly updated.

☐ (1C) [Short-term Visitors Only] COVID-19 Travel and/or Medical Insurance

All short-term visitors (i.e. Malaysian citizens who are not Singapore Permanent Residents or holders of Singapore-issued long term passes), travelling to Singapore under VTL (Land), must purchase a suitable COVID-19 travel and/or medical insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 against COVID-19 related medical charges. Travellers may be insured with a Singapore or overseas-based insurer. For the list of available insurance products offered in Singapore, click here.

☐ (1D) [Short Term Visitors and Eligible Work Permit Holders only] Apply for Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)

⏰   Apply between 3 and 60 calendar days before the intended date of entry.

❌  Unvaccinated children aged 12 and below in this calendar year(i.e. born in or after 2010) do not need to apply. However, they must comply with all VTL (Land) conditions and be accompanied by a fully vaccinated VTL (Land) traveller.

❌  No application is required for Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass Holders (excluding work permit holders).

⚠ Please note the following while making the application on the VTP application portal:

  1. If your intended date of entry is not reflected in the portal, come back on another day to apply as VTP dates are made available in the system on a rolling basis.
  2. Travellers who are vaccinated in Singapore are not required to submit their vaccination certificates as their vaccination records are already captured in the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) database.
  3. Applicants not vaccinated in Singapore whose vaccination certificate contains multiple QR codes should ensure that they crop each QR code and upload them separately to avoid upload errors. Travellers who still experience issues uploading the QR code to the VTP application portal, should write to the Safe Travel Office for help and provide their vaccination certificate.
  4. VTPs are valid for 13 calendar days from the traveller’s chosen date of entry. Travellers not travelling during this date range can apply for a VTP later. (e.g. a traveller holding a VTP (Land) for entry into Singapore on 1 Dec 2021 may enter Singapore on a designated VTL (Land) bus service any day from 1- 14 Dec 2021 (inclusive). The traveller should apply for a VTP if he is unable to enter during this period.)
  5. In-principle approval (IPA) work permit holders should apply as “Short-term visitors” for their VTP application.
☐ (1E) Monitor COVID-19 Status, and Check Eligibility for Recovered Protocol if Tested Positive

Monitor your health status. Travellers are advised to defer travel if you have onset of COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell) within the last 7 days before departure.

If you have recently recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days before departure:

  1. Use this self-checker tool determine if you are eligible for the Vaccinated-Recovered Traveller Protocol. If eligible, refer to details of the Vaccinated-Recovered Traveller Protocol instead for details on documentation and administrative requirements, and ignore the remaining stages of this checklist.
  2. To travel on a designated VTL bus, requirements from Stage 1A-1D still apply.

Any of the documentation (see A and B below) is acceptable as proof of recovery from COVID-19, as long as it:

  1. Is not a handwritten document;
  2. Is in English or accompanied with an English translation;
  3. Contains the traveller’s name, and Date of Birth or Passport number (per the passport used to travel to Singapore); and
  4. Reflects the date and result of the COVID-19 test
A) Any of the following COVID-19 test results showing a positive COVID-19 infection between 7 to 90 days (fully vaccinated travellers) or 14 to 90 days (non-fully vaccinated travellers) before the date of departure for Singapore:

  1. COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR Test) administered at an internationally accredited or recognised lab/clinic/medical facility; OR
  2. Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result administered by a trained professional
OR
B) Medical discharge memo issued by the relevant state authority or licensed medical professional, showing:

  1. Name (per travel document used to enter Singapore);
  2. ID number (per travel document used to enter Singapore), or Date of Birth; AND
  3. Date of infection which must fall within 7 to 90 days (fully vaccinated travellers) or 14 to 90 days (non-fully vaccinated travellers) before the date of departure for Singapore.
☐ (1F) Pre-departure COVID-19 Test (PDT)

All travellers, except the groups listed below, must take a Pre-Departure Test (PDT) within 2 days before departure for Singapore (e.g. if the traveller is scheduled to depart for Singapore on 3 Nov 2021, the earliest he can take his PDT is on Nov 2021, 0001h):

  1. Aged two or below in this calendar year (i.e. born in or after 2020); OR
  2. Recently recovered from COVID-19 and are eligible for pre-departure test waiver based on criteria outlined in this self-checker tool, and can show relevant proof of recovery outlined at Stage 1F.

PDT can include a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR test) at an internationally accredited or recognised lab/clinic/medical facility, or Antigen Rapid Test (ART) administered by a trained professional (self-swabs are disallowed). The PDT result must not be a handwritten document, and fulfil the following:

  1. Is in English (or accompanied with an English translation);
  2. Contains the traveller’s name, and Date of Birth or Passport number (per the passport used to travel to Singapore); and
  3. Reflects the date and result of the Covid-19 test.
☐ (1G) Submit Health Declaration

⏰   If you are fit for travel, submit the SG Arrival Card health and travel history declaration up to 3 days before arriving in Singapore.

  1. Travellers must fill the online SG Arrival Card (SGAC) before arriving in Singapore, otherwise they will be asked to it fill up on the spot and experience delays at the checkpoint. Please refer to the SGAC video guide if you are unsure how to fill it up.
  2. The SGAC replaces the physical arrival “White Card”, which is no longer in use. SGAC is a free service and travellers should beware of websites offering to fill the SGAC declaration for a fee.

Note during submission:

  SC/PRs/LTPHs who are not vaccinated in Singapore: You are strongly encouraged to submit your overseas vaccination certificate in your health declaration as part of the SG Arrival Card submission.

  SC/PRs/LTPHs who are vaccinated in Singapore: You are not required to upload your vaccination certificates as your records are already captured in the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) database.

  Work Permit holders and short-term visitors: You do not need to upload your vaccination certificates as they have already been verified as part of the VTP application.

☐ (1H) Passport Updates for Automated Immigration Clearance

To enjoy automated immigration clearance at Woodlands Checkpoint, travellers may follow the following steps to update their passports:

Traveller Profile Instructions
Singapore Permanent Residents Perform a transfer of Re-Entry Permit to the new Passport using the weblink in MyICA
MOM Work Permit, S Pass, Employment Pass, Dependant Pass, Long-Term Pass Holder Update Passport particulars through the “Notify MOM” option after selecting the relevant pass type in the MOM Website
ICA Long-Term Visit Pass Holder To report a change in Passport particulars, you will need to:

  1. Email ICA_Visit_Pass@ica.gov.sg with the subject title: Change of Passport Particulars for LTVP Holder (FIN No: XXXXXXXXXX); and
  2. Attach the following documents in your email:
    1. Passport biodata page
    2. Long-Term Visit Pass card
    3. Sponsor’s Identity Card
Stage 2: Departure for Singapore
☐ Pre-departure document checks

Present the following documents to transport operators for verification:

  1. Ticket for designated VTL (Land) bus services
  2. Passport
  3. [Singapore Permanent Residents only] Singapore NRIC or Re-Entry Permit
  4. [Long-Term Pass holders (excluding Work Permit holders)] Long-Term pass or in-principle approval letter
  5. [Short-term visitors & Eligible Work Permit holders] Physical or electronic copy of the VTP for the specified period of entry (per Stage 1D)
  6. Valid digitally verifiable vaccination certificate issued by Malaysia, or any other digitally verifiable vaccination certificate accepted by Singapore under the VTL (Land) in English (per Stage 1A)
  7. Valid pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test or ART showing a negative test result in English (per Stage 1F), except for children who turn 2 this calendar year (i.e. born in or after 2020), and recovered travellers
Stage 3: Arrival in Singapore
☐  Immigration Clearance

Follow the instructions provided by the officers and signages on arrival. Travellers must present the same set of documentation listed in Stage 2 for immigration clearance.

⚠ Travellers who do not have the required documentation may be refused entry into Singapore by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

Stage 4: Health Protocols During Stay in Singapore
☐ (4A) On-Arrival COVID-19 ART

Travellers must take an unsupervised self-administered ART using self-procured authorised ART kits (ART kits approved for use in the country/region of embarkment are also allowed) within 24 hours of arrival in Singapore. and submit their negative test result via https://www.sync.gov.sg before proceeding with their activities in Singapore. Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders (LTPHs) with SingPass accounts should log into Sync using SingPass to submit their results. LTPHs and Short-Term Visitors (STVs) without SingPass accounts should log into Sync using their passport number, date of birth and nationality.

Travellers are only allowed to take public transport (e.g. public buses/trains) and proceed with their activities after testing negative on the ART. If travellers wish to depart from the arrival immigration to a testing centre or to isolate at their place of accommodation before submitting a negative test, they can only take private transportation, taxi, or private hire car.

❌ The post-arrival test is not applicable to children aged two and below in this calendar year (i.e. born in or after 2020).

☐ (4B) COVID-19 Safe Management Measures and Proof of Vaccination

The vaccination status of all fully vaccinated VTL (Land) travellers vaccinated outside Singapore will be automatically reflected on their TraceTogether app after arrival in Singapore.

All travellers must comply with the latest public health measures. This includes the use of the TraceTogether app, which allows the identification of close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case. Please visit the Ministry of Health website for details on the prevailing measures.

Some activities in Singapore may require proof of vaccination (e.g. attendance at large scale events, entering shopping malls, dining in).