With the increasing number of vaccinated people, travel and tourism are finally starting to see brighter days ahead. Some countries are also adopting a travel program named Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) to make traveling easier for travelers. Let’s find out more about VTL!
What is Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)?
Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) is a program that provides special quarantine-free travel lanes from one country to another. So, if you’re eligible for VTL travel, you can visit that country without spending days being in quarantine. Isn’t that exciting?!
Although you don’t have to undergo quarantine, you still have to meet certain requirements to be eligible to travel using VTL. You can read more about the requirements in the next section.
What are the requirements for traveling using VTL?
To ensure safe but easy travel, travelers must meet certain requirements before they are eligible to travel using the VTL program. Each VTL destination has different rules and policies, but generally, there are the same set of requirements you must meet. Use this pre-departure checklist as a guideline to see if you’re eligible to travel with VTL!
1. Acceptable Vaccination Proof
Travelers must be fully vaccinated prior to their travel, and they’re required to have acceptable proof of vaccination. That means if you’re going to travel using VTL, you must have received all the mandatory dose(s) of your vaccination, preferably one that’s approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and recognized by the destined country. Also, you should have proof of vaccination that’s approved by your country and the destined VTL country.
2. Travel Pass
Some countries require you to apply for a travel pass for a trip to your destined country. Each country has different policies and methods of travel pass application, so make sure to check them thoroughly before planning your trip.
Depending on which country you’re visiting, you might have to apply for a visa prior to traveling. Find out the visa necessity as a citizen of your country to the country you’re visiting while planning for your travel.
4. Securing a Designated VTL Flight
Not all flights can fly you to your destined country if you’re on the VTL program. There are airlines and flights specifically approved for this VTL program, so travelers can only board those flights to visit the destined country. That’s why you should check for the list of designated VTL flights that you can board to your destination.
5. COVID-19 Tests
Travelers have to undergo two COVID-19 tests prior departure to and upon arrival in the destined country. The test can be either a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen rapid test (ART), depending on the destined country’s policies.
6. Self-isolation Accommodation
If you’re required to take another COVID-19 test upon arrival at the destined country’s airport, then you’ll probably be told to self-isolate until the test results deem you negative for exploring the country. That said, you’re recommended to look up and arrange for a comfortable place to stay while you wait for the verdict.
7. Private Transportation from the Airport
On the note of self-isolation, some countries won’t allow you to take public transports until you have your negative results. So, arrange for a private means of transportation before departure, such as asking for a family member, friend, or acquaintance to pick you up from the airport or book a private car to bring you to your destined self-isolation place.
Now that you know the requirements that must be fulfilled, you can start preparing for your travel or find out more about the VTL policies of your destined country below!
Which countries provide VTL?
Not every country has created arrangements for VTL, so you should keep up with the news and find out the requirements before planning for your visit. Here are some countries that have established VTL.
Traveling between Singapore – Malaysia
Last updated: 22 Nov 2021 (This information can change without any prior notification)
The VTL between Singapore and Malaysia is only available starting from November 29, 2021. However, you can prepare the required documents starting from November 22, 2021. Here are the specific requirements you must fulfill pre-departure.
- Must have remained ONLY in one or more VTL countries for the past 14 days prior to departure; this is also dubbed as travelers’ 14-days travel history.
- Acquire acceptable vaccination proof. Check out this page to find out what vaccination proof is approved in each VTL country (in “Criteria 2: Hold an Accepted Proof of Vaccination”).
- Note: Fully vaccinated travelers may travel without quarantine under the VTL program, but children under 12 years old who are unvaccinated may travel too as long as they’re accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
- Apply for Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) through this website
- Take two COVID-19 tests. One test is to be taken within 2 days pre-departure with negative results, and another one is taken upon arrival at the destined country’s airport. The pre-departure test must be either a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test or a professionally-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART). Meanwhile, the on-arrival test is a PCR test, so you should prepare for the test fee as well.
- Note: Children aged 2 and below in the calendar year are not required to take COVID-19 tests.
- Find a designated VTL flight as not all flights are eligible for VTL, so check out the available Malaysia-Singapore VTL flights (in section “D) Secure Tickets for a Designated VTL Flight”).
- Prepare for self-isolation accommodation and a private means of transportation. Until the on-arrival test result is out, travelers are required to prepare a private means of transportation to their designated self-isolation stay.
- Note: You can only ask one family member, friend, or acquaintance to drive you in a private car to your designated self-isolation stay. Another option is to hire a private car service.
- Buy travel insurance that covers up to S$30,000 medical bills related to COVID-19 prior to your departure. The Singapore government website has listed out some available travel insurances you can purchase.
- Apply for a visa if necessary (depending on your stay)
- Download the necessary contact tracing app to facilitate contact tracing during your short stay in your destined country.
For more information regarding VTL, you can visit the Singapore government’s official website VTL page. The website also provides a VTL travel checklist to make your preparation for traveling to Singapore easier. If you’re looking for more information regarding VTL to Malaysia, you can visit the Malaysia government’s official website and its VTL infographic.
Now that you know about VTL requirements, let’s prepare for your travel! Don’t forget to book your flights at Airpaz.com to get the best deal!