Heavy traffic expected at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints on weekends during school holidays

A traffic jam along the Woodlands Causeway heading towards Singapore on Jan 22, 2014, near the Woodlands Checkpoint.
A traffic jam along the Woodlands Causeway heading towards Singapore on Jan 22, 2014, near the Woodlands Checkpoint.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Traffic is expected to be particularly heavy at both the Woodlands and Tuas land checkpoints between Singapore and Malaysia over the mid-year school holidays, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has said.

The school holidays start this Saturday (May 28) and end on June 26.

"Travellers intending to use the land checkpoints can expect delays," ICA said in a statement on Thursday (May 26).

ICA reminded the public that the BioScreen system has been implemented at the passenger halls of the land checkpoints to capture the thumbprints of visitors.

Traffic build-up is "inevitable" with security checks in place, ICA said.

"To avoid a surge of travellers and vehicles seeking clearance at the land checkpoints, travellers are advised to adjust their travel plans if possible," it added.

It also reminded travellers to ensure that their passports are valid before their journey. The passports must have a validity of six months or more.

Singaporeans have also presented passports that were previously reported as lost. These can no longer be used for travelling even if they are later found as they have been cancelled by the ICA.

The ICA also encouraged Singaporeans to carpool when using the land checkpoints.

Motorists leaving Singapore will be able to check the traffic situation using LTA's Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the AYE and BKE.

Singaporeans, Singapore permanent residents and long-term pass holders are encouraged to use the automated clearance gantries for immigration clearance.

Travellers should also make sure that they are not carrying illegal or prohibited goods. The list of controlled and prohibited items can be found on ICA's website (http://www.ica.gov.sg).

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