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Singapore extends VTLs to Malaysia, Sweden, Finland – Information by Automobilnews.eu

Singapore extends VTLs to Malaysia, Sweden, Finland


Malaysia Airways plane are parked on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur Worldwide Airport in Sepang on September 7, 2020.

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SINGAPORE — Quarantine-free journey between Singapore and neighboring Malaysia will begin from Nov. 29 for vaccinated vacationers, the 2 international locations introduced Monday.

Sweden and Finland may even be included in Singapore’s so-called “vaccinated journey lanes” from Nov. 29, the well being ministry stated individually in a press launch Monday.

As an alternative of serving quarantines, inoculated vacationers from these international locations will take Covid-19 checks to make sure they don’t seem to be contaminated with the coronavirus.

Singapore and Malaysia’s prime ministers stated in a joint assertion that Covid border restrictions have separated households in each international locations for a lot of months.

“It’s well timed to progressively resume cross-border journey between each international locations, in a secure method,” the 2 leaders stated.

Singapore has already launched vaccinated journey lanes with a minimum of 12 nations together with Australia, the UK and the USA. The town-state will begin its joint vaccinated journey lane preparations with South Korea on Nov. 15.

“We’re additionally in discussions with our different ASEAN neighbors to reconnect with them, and we’ll make additional bulletins when prepared,” Transport Minister S. Iswaran informed reporters on Monday throughout a digital briefing. “We’re additionally in discussions with our companions within the Center East and Asia Pacific.”

The journey lane with Malaysia will function solely between Singapore’s Changi Airport and Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Worldwide Airport.

Earlier than the pandemic disrupted journey, the air route between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur was among the many world’s busiest worldwide air routes.

The Southeast Asian international locations have two land hyperlinks, however vacationers crossing these borders is not going to qualify for quarantine-free journey.

The 2 nations are trying ahead to restoring journey throughout the land hyperlinks “within the close to future,” the assertion stated, including that there’s “good progress in ongoing detailed discussions” to reopen the land borders.

Singapore has presently allotted a every day quota of 4,000 vacationers to cater to arrivals from the 13 VTL international locations together with South Korea, Iswaran stated.

“We are going to improve this to six,000 after we launch the VTL to Malaysia, Finland and Sweden,” the minister stated, including that the quantity comes as much as “about 8% of the full every day arrivals at Changi pre-Covid.”

“With the launch of the VTLs, there was an encouraging upward momentum in passenger visitors. We anticipate this momentum to proceed to rise within the coming months as we lengthen the VTL to extra international locations and public confidence in air journey recovers,” he stated.

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