Malaysia And Singapore To Open Borders Fully For All Vaccinated Persons Effective 1 April

Hi merry goers!

Have you heard the latest news? Malaysia and Singapore will soon be opening borders fully so that vaccinated persons can travel freely between both countries. Singapore will fully reopen its international borders to vaccinated travellers from 1 April, as part of a broader easing of pandemic restrictions in the city-state. 

Currently, fully vaccinated persons can only travel from Malaysia to Singapore by purchasing VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) bus or flight tickets which has a limited quota. Air travel initially began with flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, while the Singapore-Penang VTL was implemented last week. Yes, if you are not aware make sure you purchase the right tickets otherwise you would have to be quarantined upon arrival. Upon implementation, the existing Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) arrangement will be retired, and be instead replaced with a blanket “vaccinated travel framework”.

What You Should Know About Malaysia And Singapore Reopening Borders 

Under the current VTL, fully vaccinated travellers from one country can enter the other country without needing to quarantine on arrival, subject to Covid-19 testing and further requirements. It is currently not known if travellers from Singapore need to undergo Covid-19 testing upon arrival once the borders are fully open. 

As an effort to revitalize the country's economic and tourism industry, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that work to resume full air and land travel between Malaysia and Singapore is taking place for those who are fully vaccinated. Upon implementation tentatively April 1, fully vaccinated international travellers will no longer need to undergo quarantine on arrival. 

Meanwhile, our neighbouring country Thailand is also eager to resume land travel with Malaysia. It was reported by the Malay Mail that the relevant departments in Thailand are working closely with authorities to reopen all land border entry points with Malaysia by May 1. A number of other countries are making similar announcements about opening up borders after two years of closure due to the pandemic. 

Singapore is the latest country in Asia-Pacific to fully swing open borders. Malaysia is also expected to reopen from 1 April, while India will do so from 27 March. In February, Australia and the Philippines have fully reopened their borders.

As our borders start to open up, are you team #StaySafeStayHome or team #PrisonBreak? 

Stay tuned for more updates regarding Malaysia’s borders opening on April 1.