Singapore-Malaysia Air and Land VTL: Places Singaporeans Must Visit!
After more than one and a half years of being prevented from crossing over to each other, the Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) finally allows Singaporeans and Malaysians to cross the causeway and visit each other without having to be quarantined. With that said, while Malaysians travelling to Singapore won’t have to worry about getting around due to the size of Singapore coupled with their efficient public transport system, Singaporeans might have a bit of a problem with getting around Malaysia given that there is a lot more distance to cover between the north and south. However, Singaporeans who arrive in Kuala Lumpur via the air VTL can proceed to fly to other parts of Malaysia from KLIA without any worries. Let’s take a look at some of the places we’d like to introduce to our Singaporean friends when they come over to visit Malaysia.
Now before we get to the destinations, here are a few quick tips on what you need to do in order to cross over via the VTL:
- Please follow the proceeding pre-departure procedures:
- You must remain in Singapore or Malaysia for the last 14 days leading up to your date of travel
- You need to be fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia
- You can only book designated VTL flights into Malaysia
- Register and make payment for on-arrival COVID-19 RT-PCR test via this website
- You’ll also need to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within two days prior to departure
- Kindly download and register for the MySejahtera app from this website
- When you check in, please prepare and present the following:
- Passport/Electronic Visit Pass
- Physical or electronic vaccination certificate
- Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate
- MySejahtera app with registered profile
- On your arrival into Malaysia, kindly follow these steps:
- Take the COVID-19 RT-PCR test and wait in the designated area of the airport; test results would take between 1 to 3 hours to be ready
- Proceed to arrival immigration and present the following documents:
- Passport/Electronic Visit Pass
- Boarding Pass
- Visa (if required)
- Return ticket (unless you are a Permanent Resident of Malaysia or hold a Long Term Pass)
- While you’re in Malaysia, please:
- Follow the prevailing public health measures
- Use the MySejahtera app at all times
- Further details and instructions can be found here
The most obvious first choice is Kuala Lumpur, as this is the closest city to where Singaporeans will first arrive via the VTL. Tourists can travel to KL Sentral via Aerobus at just RM15 per ticket, or they can take the high-speed KLIA Express for RM55 per trip; better yet, purchase the KL TravelPass to also include two days of unlimited rides on the KL Monorail, LRT and MRT lines, which would save Singaporeans significant amounts of Singapore dollars for just an additional RM20. Once you get to KL Sentral, from which you can take the KL Monorail, LRT and MRT, it is easy to travel to almost any part of Kuala Lumpur. Want to visit the Petronas Twin Towers or shop at Suria KLCC where you can also visit Petrosains Discovery Centre and Aquaria KLCC? Simply take the LRT where it would stop directly at the underground station right in front of KLCC. Wish to take a look at Malaysian history at the National Museum (Muzium Negara)? Just take a 5-minute walk from KL Sentral (though you shouldn’t consult Google Maps for that; check out this diagram, or watch this video instead to see how you can travel there via a covered walkway).
Those looking for a different kind of environment should look no further than Genting Highlands, the place Malaysia with the coolest climate and the hottest activities. You can take the Aerobus which takes you directly from KLIA to Genting Highlands on a 2-hour bus ride for RM35. Take the Awana SkyWay cable cars to travel between SkyAvenue Complex and Genting Highlands Premium Outlets to maximise your shopping spree! Enjoy the various indoor theme parks including SnowWorld, BigTop Video Game Park, and Vision City Video Games Park! Sneak a preview of the soon-to-be-opened Genting SkyWorlds Outdoor Theme Park!
For over 30 years, York Hotel in Singapore has had a promotion called the Penang Hawkers’ Fare where they fly hawkers from Penang into Singapore to prepare popular Penang dishes such as oyster omelette and Penang prawn mee which never fails to draw a large crowd. Singaporeans should take this opportunity to go and have the notorious Penang food right in the place of origin itself. Those from Singapore are free to fly to Penang from KLIA after going through the standard VTL procedure of testing for COVID-19. Apart from the food, there are various interesting attractions throughout Penang as well, some of which we have highlighted in our article on travelling to Penang during the RMCO last year.
After landing in KLIA, Singaporeans can also take another flight to Langkawi, which is another popular tourist destination in Malaysia for those who wish to take a break from the urban lifestyle and just sit back and relax on the beautiful beaches of Langkawi. We’ve previously prepared a list of things that Malaysians could do to support local businesses in Langkawi, but of course, non-Malaysian tourists are also free to support them as well. Do check out our recommendations on what to eat in Langkawi as well!
For those who want a less urban experience for their holidays but are not so keen on sitting in the sun, Kuantan is a viable option. It’s one short flight from KLIA. Those who enjoy trekking through the jungle can go to Bukit Pelindung Forest Eco Park. Nature lovers can also visit the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Agricultural Park to immerse themselves in one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests. Kuantan is also home to Kuantan Art Street, a place where visitors can appreciate the works of 13 Pahang artists between 26 and 52 years old.
These are some of the destinations we would like to bring to the attention of Singaporean tourists travelling to Malaysia via the air and land VTL! Are there any other destinations you think should be highlighted? Let us know in the comments!
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