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Malaysia follows Singapore by blocking new VTL flight bookings for 4 weeks

Singapore - Kuala Lumpur VTL flights over the 23 Dec - 20 Jan period will become unavailable for booking from midnight tonight, the only quarantine-free outbound route from Singapore affected by the latest announcement.

Earlier today Singapore announced that it was freezing new bookings on Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights from 11.59pm today (22nd December 2021) for flights operating between 23rd December 2021 and 20th January 2022, due to the global spread of the Omicron variant.

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While travellers who already have bookings on these flights are fully protected and will be able to fly under the existing VTL arrangements, anyone making a booking from midnight tonight will be restricted to VTL services bound for Singapore operating on or after 21st January 2022.

Malaysia follows suit

Of Singapore’s 24 VTL agreements, only two are bilateral, and only one of those (with Malaysia) requires travellers to take designated VTL flights from Singapore as well as on the journey to Singapore.

That means for travel from Singapore to every other VTL country you just need to take a direct flight to retain quarantine-free privileges on your trip home, but the travel lane with Kuala Lumpur (the only Malaysian VTL route on offer) is the exception to that rule.

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Malaysia has now followed Singapore’s lead and imposed the new booking restriction for those seeking VTL flights from Changi to Kuala Lumpur over the same period.

“With effect from 2359hrs (SGT) on 22 December 2021, Singapore Airlines will stop accepting new bookings for Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights into Kuala Lumpur scheduled between 23 December 2021 and 20 January 2022 (both dates inclusive).

“This follows the Malaysian government’s directive to suspend the sale of new VTL air tickets from Singapore to Malaysia during this time. SIA customers with a confirmed booking on a VTL flight are not affected by this directive, and may proceed with their travel.”

Singapore Airlines

You’ll therefore also need to lock in Singapore – Kuala Lumpur designated VTL flights operating during the 23rd December – 20th January window by midnight tonight, before they become unavailable for booking.

Lock in your Singapore – Kuala Lumpur VTL flights in the affected date range by midnight for a quarantine-free arrival in Malaysia

For most of our readers based here in Singapore this won’t be a major issue, since any trips to Malaysia over the next four weeks have probably been arranged with VTL flights in both directions secured already.

Six airlines are operating VTL flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, including Jetstar. (Photo: Alex Wilson)

However, if you were thinking of travelling to Malaysia on a different VTL flight or date than you already booked, but still within the affected period, you’ll need to start locking in some alternative options in the coming hours.

Otherwise it may be a case of waiting until 21st January at the earliest to secure a spot on a quarantine-free flight.



 


 

Singapore ⇄ Kuala Lumpur VTL flights

Here’s a full list of Singapore – Kuala Lumpur designated VTL flights, and vice-versa, which you’ll need to secure to have a quarantine-free arrival in both directions (click to expand).

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
3K683
A320
SIN
07:00
KUL

08:10
SQ106
A350-900
SIN
08:30
KUL

09:30
OD804
737-800
SIN
12:20
KUL

13:20
AK710
A320
SIN
13:30
KUL

14:40
MH606
A330
SIN
14:40
KUL

15:40
SQ122
A350-900
SIN
16:40
KUL

17:40
TR472
787-9
     
SIN
17:30
KUL

18:30

Important

From 1st April 2022, there will be no more designated VTL flights to Kuala Lumpur.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
3K684
A320
KUL
08:50
SIN

10:00
SQ105
A350-900
KUL
10:25
SIN

11:35
OD803
737-800
KUL
10:30
SIN

11:30
AK711
A320
KUL
11:45
SIN

13:00
MH603
A330
KUL
12:30
SIN

13:30
SQ121
A350-900
KUL
18:40
SIN

19:50
TR473
787-9
     
KUL
19:30
SIN

20:35

Important

From 1st April 2022, there will be no more designated VTL flights to Singapore.
All fully vaccinated travellers can enter quarantine-free on any flight operated by any airline on any route.

In either direction, you will have to book by midnight tonight if your proposed travel dates fall in the 23rd December 2021 – 20th January 2022 window.

After midnight those VTL flights will disappear in both directions on this route, but those programmed from 21st January 2022 onwards will still be available to book as normal.

Remember if you already have a designated VTL flight booking on the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur route in either direction during the affected period, and you’re happy with the dates, there’s nothing you need to do.

(Cover Photo: Nazarizal Mohammad)

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