The quarantine-free passage from the Maldives to Singapore via the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) for fully vaccinated travelers has been halted due to concerns about new the coronavirus variant, Omicron.
The VTL was established between the Maldives and Singapore on December 14. Under the VTL, travelers from Maldives with a vaccination certificate and a negative PCT test were permitted to enter Singapore without being quarantined.
In reaction to Singapore’s decision to temporarily suspend the VTL, the Maldives foreign ministry stated that Singapore has instructed the Maldives to stop issuing tickets for VTL flights beginning today at midnight and continuing until January 20th.
The Singapore government, according to the foreign ministry, has requested that tickets for VTL flights be reissued on January 21, but only at 50% capacity.
But those who purchased tickets on a VTL flight before 12:00 a.m. Singapore time today will be able to go to Singapore without being quarantined, according to the foreign ministry.
The foreign ministry emphasized that this is not a termination of the VTL, but rather a response to the new coronavirus variant, which would be reassessed as the situation develops