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Confirmed: All Singapore – Malaysia VTL flights till October 2022

All six airlines operating designated quarantine-free flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and back have now finalised their VTL schedules through to the end of October.

Here's what you need to book.

One of the most popular of Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs), not surprisingly, is the quarantine-free link between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur Airport, with six airlines currently operating 42 weekly designated flights on the route.

For now this is the only air link between Singapore and Malaysia with no quarantine required at either end, but it’s also one of the more complicated VTL arrangements.

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That’s because there are designated VTL flights in both directions, due to the bilateral nature of the scheme, the only VTL where this currently applies.

Which airlines are operating?

Six airlines are currently operating 42 weekly flights between Singapore Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Singapore – Kuala Lumpur VTL
Designated Flight Frequencies

Airline Frequency Terminal
SIN KUL
AKtrans2 7 x weekly T1 KLIA 2
7 x weekly T1 KLIA 2
MHtrans 7 x weekly T1 KLIA 1
ODtrans 7 x weekly T3 KLIA 1
TZtrans Small 4 x weekly T1 KLIA 2
SQtrans small 10 x weekly T3 KLIA 1
All Airlines 42 x weekly  

In the northern summer season the flight frequencies for each airline remain the same, though there are some timing changes.

Scoot is operating its 375-seat Boeing 787-9s on Kuala Lumpur VTL flights, the largest aircraft used on the route. (Photo: Boeing)

VTL schedule to 29th October 2022

Initially the Vaccinated Travel Lane was due to run until the end of the IATA winter timetable season on 26th March 2022, however most airlines (16 out of 27 at our last count) have now revealed their VTL flight schedules right through to the end of the summer season on 29th October 2022, following an extension of the scheme.

The good news is that all six carriers operating on the busy Singapore – KL city pair have now locked in their schedules for VTL flights, so here’s what you’ll need to book for the next eight months to be sure of a quarantine-free journey.

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Note that Malaysia Airlines has yet to update its VTL flights page with the schedule through to 29th October 2022, however we confirmed with the airline that its services are continuing and are appropriately identified in the booking engine.

“Kindly note that as long as the flight number is MH603 and MH606, it will be Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flight till 29 October 2022. Furthermore, you will be able to see Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) blue banner on top of the flight booking page during booking.”

Malaysia Airlines Spokesperson

Here’s how the current schedule and the newly extended schedule of VTL flights looks for all six carriers.

Important
VTL in both directions

The important thing to note is that this currently represents the only bilateral Vaccinated Travel Lane where you must take a designated VTL flight from Singapore as well as when returning to Singapore (or vice-versa for those starting their trip in KL), to enjoy quarantine-free arrival status as part of the scheme.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you only need a VTL flight back to Singapore!

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
(till 26 Mar)

  Days
M T W T F S S
3K683
A320
SIN
07:15
KUL

08:25
SQ108
A350 Long Haul
SIN
08:30
KUL

09:30
OD804
737-800
SIN
11:30
KUL

12:35
AK710
A320
SIN
11:45
KUL

12:55
MH606
A330
SIN
14:30
KUL

15:30
SQ122
A350 Long Haul
       
SIN
17:30
KUL

18:40
TR472
787-9
     
SIN
17:30
KUL

18:30

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
(27 Mar – 29 Oct)

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

08:10
SQ106
A350 Long Haul
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
TR472
787-9
           
SIN
16:30
KUL

17:40
SQ122
A350 Long Haul
       
SIN
16:40
KUL

17:40
TR472
787-9
       
SIN
19:30
KUL

20:35


 


 

Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
(till 26 Mar)

  Days
M T W T F S S
3K684
A320
KUL
09:05
SIN

10:15
OD803
737-800
KUL
09:25
SIN

10:30
AK711
A320
KUL
10:05
SIN

11:05
SQ107
A350 Long Haul
KUL
10:25
SIN

11:35
MH603
A330
KUL
12:20
SIN

13:20
SQ121
A350 Long Haul
       
KUL
19:30
SIN

20:35
TR473
787-9
     
KUL
19:30
SIN

20:35

Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
(27 Mar – 29 Oct)

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

10:00
SQ105
A350 Long Haul
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
TR473
787-9
           
KUL
18:20
SIN

19:35
SQ121
A350 Long Haul
       
KUL
18:40
SIN

19:50
TR473
787-9
       
KUL
21:30
SIN

22:45

For the most part, VTL flight schedules remain the same during the summer months on this route. Notable points are:

  • Scoot offers a new late departure at 7.30pm from Singapore and 9.30pm from Kuala Lumpur on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This is ideal in the KUL-SIN direction in particular for those positioning to KL earlier in the day from elsewhere in Malaysia to take the VTL (e.g. from Penang or Langkawi)
  • Jetstar continues to operate the first VTL flight of the day on this route in both directions, useful for those flying to KL then connecting onto domestic flights in Malaysia (given that you have to factor in the on-arrival test waiting time before continuing your journey)
  • Malaysia Airlines downgauges its VTL flights on this route from Airbus A330s to Boeing 737-800s in the summer, with recliner Business Class seats (rather than flat-bed Thompson Vantage seats)
    Update: Malaysia Airlines will use the A330 on its KL VTL flights through to 29th October 2022.
  • Singapore Airlines continues to operate Airbus A350 Long-Haul aircraft on its Kuala Lumpur VTL flights, featuring the 2013 long-haul flat-bed Business Class seats
SIA’s 2013 long-haul Business Class. (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

Checking your flight is VTL-designated

VTL flight schedules are subject to occasional changes, so make sure you’ve bookmarked our continually updated list when planning your trip.

With all airlines operating VTL flights between Changi and Kuala Lumpur, you’ll also see designated VTL flights marked in the booking system before you make your selection.

Here’s how it looks for all six airlines.

AirAsia


Jetstar


Malaysia Airlines


Malindo Air


Scoot


Singapore Airlines

Redemption rates

Here are the some of the one-way redemption rates for those using frequent flyer miles to fly between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Singapore Airlines

  Economy Business
Saver 7,500 19,000
Advantage 15,000 35,000

Jetstar

  Economy Business
8,000 n/a

Malaysia Airlines

  Economy Business
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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is AVIOStrans.png 6,000 12,500
8,000 18,400
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is QRPCtrans-small.png 12,500 25,000

AirAsia, Malindo and Scoot offer miles redemption options at a fixed (and poor) rate for offsetting the prevailing cash fare for your flight, which we don’t recommend. Stick to cash when flying with these airlines.

The process

Here’s a reminder of the process for travellers using the Singapore – Malaysia VTL.

Singapore – Kuala Lumpur

Eligibility and Process

  • All nationalities are accepted (visa may be required).
  • No advance application is required, except if you require a Malaysian entry visa, based on nationality.
  • You must have no travel history to any place other than Singapore or Malaysia in the last consecutive 14 days prior to departure to Malaysia. This applies even if you have been in Singapore’s other VTL countries – Malaysia does not recognise those.
  • You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with any WHO approved vaccine, or one approved by a stringent regulatory authority, including different vaccine brands for respective doses. A digitally verifiable vaccination certificate is required.
  • Children aged 12 or under based on date of birth are exempt from the vaccination requirement, when travelling with fully vaccinated adults.
  • You must have a travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of RM100,000 (~S$32,500) for COVID-19 related medical costs (short-term visitors only, including business travellers).
  • You must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within two days before departure from the Singapore (children aged 2 or below in the calendar year are exempt).
  • You must have a return ticket or onward ticket departing from Malaysia (short-term visitors only).
  • You must travel on designated VTL flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (see above).
  • You must complete a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at BP Clinical Health Lab KLIA (pre-immigration).
  • Await the results in a designated waiting area (available within 1-3 hours).
  • Clear immigration.
  • Download the MySejahtera app and adhere to prevailing public health measures during your stay.
  • You may transfer to the rest of peninsular Malaysia after arrival, including islands such as Penang and Langkawi.
  • Take a self ART test on Days 2, 4 and 6 and report the results via the MySejahtera app, if still in Malaysia on those days.
  • Take clinic ART tests on Days 3 and 5, if still in Malaysia on those days.

Travelling back to Singapore (or outbound if you’re originating there) means a process most readers are already familiar with, as shown below.

Kuala Lumpur – Singapore

Eligibility and Process

  • All nationalities are accepted (visa may be required).
  • Have no travel history to any place other than Malaysia, Singapore, any Category 1 country or any VTL countries in the last consecutive 14 days prior to departure to Singapore.
  • Be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine in Singapore, or any VTL country (e.g. Malaysia), or any EU member state, or any non-EU countries that have joined the EU DCC system.
  • Must have an accepted digital proof of vaccination.
  • Children aged 12 or under in the calendar year of arrival are exempt from the vaccination requirement, when travelling with fully vaccinated adults.
  • Apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) between 3 and 60 days before your intended date of entry into Singapore (visitors and LTP holders only).
  • Purchase COVID-19 travel insurance with a coverage of at least S$30,000 (short-term visitors only).
  • Have a negative COVID-19 PCR or ART test result from a recognised testing institution within two calendar days prior to departure from the VTL country (children 2 or under in the calendar year of arrival are exempt).
  • Travel on designated VTL flights from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (see above).
  • Complete a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Singapore Changi Airport (children 2 or under in the calendar year of arrival are exempt).
  • Download and activate the TraceTogether app (visitors only).
  • Self-isolate at place of residence or suitable accommodation such as a hotel or serviced apartment until negative test result received (typically 4-6 hours).
  • Complete Day 2 to Day 7 self-swab ART tests using Singapore’s approved test kits, or those approved for use in Malaysia if you brought them with you, if you will leave your accommodation on those days.

COVID-19 testing costs

Singapore residents travelling to Kuala Lumpur will require a pre-departure PCR test, taken within two days of the departure date from Singapore (e.g. departure on 10th April, test on 8th April 00:00 onwards), plus an on-arrival PCR test at KLIA.

Jetstar operates the first VTL flight of the day in both directions to and from KL. (Photo: Plane’s Portrait Aviation Media / Malcolm Lu)

There are also a mixture of self-swab ART tests and clinic ART tests on Days 2 to 6, if you are staying in Malaysia that long.

This is in addition to up to eight tests on the VTL journey back to Singapore (pre-departure ART/PCR + on-arrival PCR + Day 2 to Day 7 self ART tests).

VTL
Singapore Kuala Lumpur
COVID-19 Testing 

Test Cost
SG pre-departure (clinic PCR) From S$96
KL arrival (airport PCR) S$81 (MY nationals)
S$114 (SG & other nationals)
MY Day 2 (self ART) ~S$7
MY Day 3 (clinic ART) ~S$20
MY Day 4 (self ART) ~S$7
MY Day 5 (clinic ART) ~S$20
MY Day 6 (self ART) ~S$7
MY pre-departure (clinic ART)* ~S$20
SG arrival (airport PCR) S$125
SG Day 2 (self ART)^ ~S$7
SG Day 3 (self ART)^ ~S$7
SG Day 4 (self ART)^ ~S$7
SG Day 5 (self ART)^ ~S$7
SG Day 6 (self ART)^ ~S$7
SG Day 7 (self ART)^ ~S$7
Total ~S$425 – S$458

* Prices vary between providers and locations.
^ Only required if leaving your place of accommodation that day. Not required if leaving Singapore that day.

As you can see there’s an approximate S$430 – S$460 per head testing cost for a round-trip – for a long stay (5+ nights) in Malaysia.

In some cases, however, you may be able to use one of the clinic ART tests in Malaysia as your pre-departure test for travel to Singapore.

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Summary

Designated VTL flights on the popular Singapore – Kuala Lumpur – Singapore route have now been confirmed through to the end of the summer schedule on 29th October 2022.

Six airlines will continue to offer 42 weekly services, with a mixture of low-cost and full-service options, including some redemption possibilities.

(Cover Photo: Sorbis / Shutterstock)

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17 comments

  1. Those who get covid and recover within 90 days can take non vtl flight both way without the need of quarantine, pcr test is still required