The quarantine-free VTL across the Causeway between Singapore and Malaysia started yesterday.
Thousands of family have been separated for the past 20 months (since March 2020 when the borders were closed) and can finally reunite. Technically cross-border travel resumed in August last year but with the cost of 2-weeks, then 3-weeks than 1-week quarantine and PCR tests on each side it wasn’t feasible for almost anyone of the daily commuters. It is one of the busiest border crossings in the world, with 350,000 travellers daily. A vast majority of these travellers are Malaysian citizens working or studying in Singapore.
Up to 2,880 people will be able to travel each day, with 1,440 travellers in each direction. Travellers have to be citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders (work permit, employment pass, student’s pass or long-term visit pass) of the country that they are entering.
They must also use one of the 64 daily designated VTL bus services, 32 in each direction, which will run from 7.30am to 9.30pm every day.
Imagine being separated from your family for almost 2 years, if you wanted to keep your job in Singapore, by a causeway of 1 km (0.62 mi).
So this is not a “back to normal” situation but more a way for many to at least go see their loved one for a little while, have a little break.
If you would like to see the craziness of crossing the causeway by car, motorcycle or even as a pedestrian check this article.
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