Heavy traffic expected at land checkpoints over Hari Raya Puasa long weekend: ICA

Cars waiting to clear immigration at the Woodlands Checkpoint.
Cars waiting to clear immigration at the Woodlands Checkpoint.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Traffic flow at the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy over the Hari Raya Puasa holiday, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Wednesday (June 21).

Traffic is expected to be busy from Friday to next Monday and travellers using the land checkpoints during this period can expect delays, ICA said.

The BioScreen system has been implemented at the passenger halls of the checkpoints to capture the thumbprints of travellers, it added.

ICA reminded members of the public that with security checks, traffic build-up is inevitable, especially when a large number of travellers use the checkpoints at the same time.

It advised travellers to adjust their travel plans if possible.

Travellers were also reminded to check and ensure that they are using their own passports with a remaining validity of six months or more before setting off on their journey.

Cases of Singaporeans presenting wrong passports or passports which have been reported lost for immigration clearance have led to delays and inconvenience to the passport holders and other checkpoints users.

Lost passports can no longer be used for travelling even if they are found subsequently. These passports will be cancelled by ICA, and any attempt to use them is an offence.

Offenders maybe punished by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or jail of up to 10 years.

Passports that have been recovered must be surrendered to the ICA within 14 days.

Failure to surrender the recovered passport may be punished with a fine of up to $3,000 or imprisonment for up to two years, or both.

Motorists are advised to check the traffic situation at both land checkpoints before embarking on their journey.

For more traffic Information:

- Call the traffic information hotline at 6863-0117

- Tune in to the radio for the latest traffic conditions

- Visit LTA's One Motoring website (www.onemotoring.com.sg) or MyTransport.SG portal (www.mytransport.sg) to check the latest traffic conditions

The ICA said it will continue to take necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security.

"We seek travellers' understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak periods," it added.