Looking to travel from Malaysia to Singapore? Ideas For 7 Fun Days With Your Family

If you have been been waiting to travel from Malaysia to Singapore, wait no more. The VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) has been established between Malaysia and Singapore which means that you can start packing your bags and make that Singapore travel dream come true.

travel from Malaysia to Singapore VTL Fact Sheet 

(Last updated February 2022)

  • From 29 November 2021, quarantine-free travel is now allowed between Singapore (Changi Airport) and Malaysia   (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)
  • Land travel between Malaysia (Johor) and Singapore has also been launched concurrently on 29 November 2021.
  • As of January 2022, the quota for both bus and flight tickets was reduced by 50% – the quota may be revised depending on the Covid-19 situation in both countries.

Singapore travel: who is Eligible for the vtl?

You have to be fully vaccinated (completed a full regimen of a Covid-19 vaccine recognised by the Ministry of Health) and must have stayed in Malaysia for the past 14 consecutive days before departure to Singapore. Unvaccinated children below 12 years old must be accompanied by vaccinated adults.

vtl-air: what Do i Need To Do?

  • Purchase return air tickets and travel insurance with a minimum coverage of SGD30,000 (or RM100,000) for Covid-19 related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs.
  • Short-term visitors (travelling for business or leisure) or Long Term Pass holders (i.e. work or student pass) must apply for a free Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) on the Singapore Safe Travel Office website between 7 – 60 days prior to departure.
  • Submit your health, travel history, and accommodation declarations electronically via the SG Arrival Card e-Service no earlier than three days prior to your date of arrival.
  • Take a CovidD-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 2 days prior to departure and upon arrival in Singapore. Register and pre-pay for your on-arrival Covid-19 test here.
  • Additional tests required because of the Omicron variant: Professionally administered ART at any healthcare facility on Day 3 & Day 5; self-administered ART on Day 2, Day 4, & Day 6 (test results to be reported on your MySejahtera app). Click here for more detailed information.
  • Download and register your profile on the TraceTogether app to aid contact tracing while in Singapore.
  • For Return To Malaysia: Take a Covid-19 PCR test within 2 days prior to departure from Singapore as well as upon arrival in Malaysia at the BP Clinical Health Screening Centre in KLIA.
For more information, read the detailed guidelines here.

vtl-land: what Do i Need To Do?

  • Apply for a free Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) on the Singapore Safe Travel Office website between 7 – 60 days prior to departure.
  • Submit your health, travel history, and accommodation declarations electronically via the SG Arrival Card e-Service no earlier than three days prior to your date of arrival.
  • Purchase insurance with a minimum coverage of SGD30,000 (or RM100,000) for Covid-19 related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs.
  • Take an RTK or ART/PCR Test within 2 days before departure.
  • Arrive at your boarding point at least 2 hours prior to departure.
  • Conduct a swab test at the Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal upon arrival.

Note: Land travel between Malaysia and Singapore can only be done via VTL-Land designated buses with boarding/disembarkation points in Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal (Johor), Queen Street Terminal (Singapore), and Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (Singapore).

For more information, read the detailed SOP guidelines here.

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singapore travel: spend 7 fun-filled days with your family

Note: Please check ahead as the SOPs and restrictions at these places may be changed due to Covid-19.

day 1-3: visit Sentosa Island – Singapore’s state of fun

You can easily spend several fun-filled days at Sentosa Island off Singapore’s southern coast; there are so many attractions set amidst pretty tropical beaches, luxurious hotels and numerous eateries.

Check out three distinct beaches: Palawan Beach at Sentosa Island has family-friendly parks, playgrounds and lagoons. Siloso Beach is home to bustling restaurants and attractions whilst Tanjong Beach is perfect for quiet getaways.

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Before it was known as Sentosa, the island was a British military fortress. After the Japanese Occupation in World War II, Singapore returned to British rule. The island was then renamed “Sentosa”, meaning “peace and tranquillity” in Malay. 

SENTOSA’S thrilling ATTRACTIONS

Universal Studios Singapore: Families should start from the left for kid-friendly zones like Madagascar and Far Far Away whilst thrill-seekers should start from the right where you have the sci-fi zone with rides like the 3D Transformers Ride and Battlestar Galactica: Humans vs Cyclones.

HydroDash: Singapore’s first floating obstacle course in the sea just off Palawan Beach. Kids and adults alike will have a rip-roaring time climbing, sliding, leaping and bouncing on the floating platforms to their heart’s content. After that, you will never laugh at another Ninja Warrior contestant again.

Mega Adventure Park: Where you can soar like an eagle on MegaZip, a 450m long zip line. At MegaClimb, you can test your balance on the 36-obstacle treetop ropes. Or try MegaJump, the parachute simulator and MegaBounce, the bungee-assisted trampoline.

iFly Singapore: The world’s largest wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. Enjoy scenic views of the South China Sea and Siloso Beach from the 18-foot tall acrylic glass wall as you free fall. Don’t worry if you’re a first-timer as trained professionals are on hand to guide you to fly like a superhero.

Madame Tussauds Singapore: Mingle with celebrities such as Barack Obama, Michael Jackson, Queen Elizabeth II and many more – waxwork style. Love Captain America or Iron Man? Visit them at the Marvel 4D segment. For K-fans, there’s the K-Wave Zone with trending Korean celebrities.

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SENTOSA’S nature ATTRACTIONS

S.E.A Aquarium: One of the world’s largest oceanariums and home to more than 100,000 marine creatures of over 1,000 species. These include dolphins, sharks, manta rays, jellyfish, multi-coloured fishes, turtles, coral reefs and more – a great place to visit for marine life entertainment and education.

Sentosa Nature Discovery: This zoology museum is home to the flora and fauna native to Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Fort Siloso Skywalk: An 11-storey high 181m long skywalk with gorgeous views of Fort Siloso and Singapore city.

You can complete your Sentosa sojourn with a ride on the Cable Car Sky Network, soaking in the views of Sentosa island and Mount Faber. The cable car takes to you to VivoCity where you can head to the third floor where the food court is. Food Republic is designed to give you a glimpse of life during the 1900 to 1940s period.

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Enjoy the underwater life at S.E.A Aquarium

day 4: enjoy Singapore’s Gardens

Start your day off right by embracing nature at Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stunningly beautiful and green Singapore Botanical Gardens.

Jog or stroll, do some tai chi, frisbee throwing or football, picnic by the lakes, or just stop and smell the roses as they say.

Kids will love the Learning Forest with an 8 metres high Canopy Web they can climb, whilst orchid lovers can visit the National Orchid Garden (There’s an admission fee for this).

There are food choices abound too, from Food for Tots at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden to the Michelin-starred The Corner House and the newly opened Cluny Food Court.

Note: The Botanical Gardens offers wheelchair and stroller rental and ease of accessibility.

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In the evening, let your family try a unique dining experience at Open Farm Community, a farm-to-table concept that is a growing trend in Singapore. At Open Farm Community, they grow their own crops in their urban farm which is located next to their restaurant and you get to eat the freshly-harvested greens as part of your meal.

There’s also a big outdoor recreation space where you can partake in some lawn-bowling, table tennis or join in their educational workshops on farming, sustainability and cultivating the environment.

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day 5: VISIT Singapore’s parks

Take your pick from the 4 parks in Singapore; Jurong Bird Park, River Waters, Singapore Zoo and Night Safari.

If you have just a day, then we recommend visiting Singapore Zoo in the day followed by the Night Safari in the evening (located right next to Singapore Zoo).

Singapore Zoo is an award-winning wildlife park that is home to over 2,800 animals from over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. It also boasts the world’s first free-ranging orangutan habitat. People love the fact that there are free-roaming animals and you can get up close to feed your favourite animals.

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Have a unique dining experience at Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant located in Night Safari. You can either dine al fresco (expect possible animal guest appearances!) or inside where it is reminiscent of old kampungs (villages).

When night falls, hop over to the Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal safari experience with almost 900 animals, of which over 40% are threatened. Join the Guided Tram Ride to see the nocturnal animals found in six of the world’s geographical regions. Trek along the four walking trails to soak in the sights and sounds for a complete night adventure.

day 6-7: EXPLORE the lion CITY

People may also call Singapore the “Little Red Dot” but anyone will tell you that the country’s amenities, restaurants and attractions rank amongst the world’s best.

Akin to the London Eye, Singapore has the Singapore Flyer, a giant Ferris wheel that will take you 165metres above ground to see amazing 360-degree city views. On a clear day, you can even catch a glimpse of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Your Singapore travel must include visiting Gardens by the Bay. This magnificent one-of-a-kind nature park with its trademark futuristic-looking Supertrees have been featured in movies such as Crazy Rich Asians and Hitman: Agent 47.

Hungry? Dine in the tranquillity of nature at Supertree Dining, a modern family-friendly restaurant that offers fusion food located within Gardens by the Bay.

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Then there are those who travel from Malaysia to Singapore just to go to Orchard Road – the iconic tree-lined shopping road. There’s Tangs Orchard, ION Orchard and Paragon, just to name a few and a never-ending array of dining and entertainment options.

You can spend the next day exploring Marina Bay Sands, where you can visit the ArtScience Museum and feast your eyes on the multitude of exhibitions that both highlight and celebrate art and science.

Or stroll across Helix Bridge to Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. where you can catch free public performances at their outdoor theatre or concourse. You can also purchase tickets to shows and performances held there that interest you.

Teach your kids about the history of Singapore at Singapore River where you can take a river cruise and enjoy the buzz of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay with stunning views to boot. The mouth of the river used to be the historic Port of Singapore way before Singapore gained independence and is where the city first started growing into the bustling metropolis it is today.

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There’s really so much more to see and do in Singapore, and we have to mention Chinatown, Arab Street, the numerous amazing museums and art galleries such as the National Gallery of Singapore and Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum plus Jewel at Changi with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. There is definitely much more this gem of a country can offer but we hope this list gets you off to a great start in your Singapore travel!

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