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SINGAPORE: All travellers entering Singapore from Malaysia via the land vaccinated travel lane (VTL) will be required to take an on-arrival antigen rapid test (ART), the Ministry of Trade and Industry said on Sunday (Nov 28).

This compulsory requirement is in view of recent reports of a potentially more contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus known as B.1.1.529, added MTI.

The new testing requirement will take effect from 8am on Monday starting with the first land VTL travellers arriving in Singapore.

The on-arrival ART will be administered at the Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange and Queen Street Terminal. Travellers will be required to make an e-payment for the ART at the testing centre directly.

MTI said Singapore and Malaysia are launching the land VTL across the Causeway to further restore connectivity between the two countries.

“The on-arrival ART will allow us to reduce the risks of spread of B.1.1.529 to Singapore, and enable us to progressively expand the land VTL in a safe and calibrated manner,” said the ministry.

MTI said all travellers should purchase their bus tickets and ensure that they have the necessary documents ready before they board the designated VTL buses.