Expect heavy traffic, delays at Woodlands, Tuas checkpoints over the National Day period

Heavy traffic and delays are expected at the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas on Aug 5  and Aug 9.
Heavy traffic and delays are expected at the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas on Aug 5 and Aug 9. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - With National Day coming up next Tuesday (Aug 9), travellers can expect heavy traffic through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas, with heavy traffic and delays expected on Aug 5 for departures and on Aug 9 for arrivals.

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has issued an advisory with tips for travellers to plan their journeys when using the land checkpoints.

Traffic build-up is inevitable, especially when a large number of travellers use the checkpoint at the same time, said the authority.

To avoid a surge of travellers and vehicles seeking clearance, travellers are advised to adjust their travel plans if possible, said ICA.

Travellers are also reminded to check and ensure the validity of their passports as well as ensure that it belongs to them, as previous cases of wrong or invalid passports have led to delays. Passports that have been reported as lost are not permitted to be used for travelling even if they are found subsequently.

Motorists are advised to check the traffic situation at both checkpoints before starting their journey. They can find out about the traffic situation in advance through the Land Transport Authority's (LTA) Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System installed along the Ayer Rajah Expressway and Bukit Timah Expressway.

Traffic information is also available from the traffic information hotline 6863-0117 or LTA's One Motoring website or the MyTransport.SG website.

The ICA also advised travellers to carpool, maintain lane discipline, ensure that they do not bring unlawful or prohibited goods in or out of Singapore, as well as use the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System at the bus halls. This is for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders.

gyanhan@sph.com.sg