Malaysia air VTLs with Thailand and Cambodia will start from March 15

Malaysia air VTLs with Thailand and Cambodia will start from March 15

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You could be flying to Thailand or Cambodia quarantine-free as soon as March 16—here's what we know about the new VTLs so far

Following the Penang-Singapore air VTL announcement, Malaysia will establish new air vaccinated travel lanes (VTL) with Thailand and Cambodia beginning March 15, 2022, as part of joint efforts to reopen international borders.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said fully-vaccinated travellers will be allowed to travel the designated routes without being required to quarantine upon arrival. This decision comes several months after Malaysia announced its first VTL with Singapore last November.

“These routes are expected to aid our mutual economic recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in reviving the ailing tourism industry,” Dr Wee said in a statement on Saturday (March 5).

For Thailand, Wee said that both countries had agreed to allocate up to six flights daily on the Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok route and up to four flights daily for the Kuala Lumpur-Phuket route. Additional routes may be added, subject to mutual agreement by both countries.

As for Cambodia, only two flights will be allowed per day on the Kuala Lumpur-Phnom Penh route, while additional routes may be added subject to market demand.

Dr Wee said these VTL routes will be served by all the three countries' designated carriers under the VTL initiative. The standard operating procedures (SOP) and health protocols will be released by their respective agencies soon (watch this space for updates). Travellers will be required to comply with the protocols in order to enjoy the VTL facility.

In the meantime, the government will continue discussions with neighbouring ASEAN countries on the safe reopening of additional routes in the future. Malaysia and Brunei have already agreed in principle last month to implement the same soon.

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