Expect heavy traffic at Tuas, Woodlands checkpoints over Good Friday long weekend: ICA

Long lines of vehicles seen on the Causeway on the evening of Dec 18, 2015.
Long lines of vehicles seen on the Causeway on the evening of Dec 18, 2015. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - With the Good Friday holiday weekend coming up, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has advised travellers intending to use the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints to plan their journey carefully.

ICA said in a news release on Monday (March 21) that heavy departure traffic can be expected on Thursday (March 24) and on Good Friday, while arrival traffic is anticipated to be particularly heavy on Sunday (March 27).

Travellers can expect delays during this period, it added.

As security at the checkpoints remains ICA's top priority against any potential threats in Singapore, security checks and the subsequent traffic build-up are inevitable, ICA said.

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

Those leaving Singapore will be able to know in advance the traffic situation from the Land Transport Authority's (LTA) Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the AYE and BKE respectively.

More traffic information is also available via the traffic information hotline on 6863-0117, on the radio or through LTA's One Motoring website or MyTransport.SG portal.

"ICA 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 period," it said in the news release.

Useful tips when using the checkpoints:

  • Travellers are encouraged to car-pool where possible;
  • Drivers should maintain lane discipline at all times;
  • Eligible users (Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders) are encouraged to use the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) lanes at the bus halls for immigration clearance;
  • Travellers are to ensure that they are carrying their own and valid passports before presenting them for immigration clearance at the checkpoints;
  • Travellers are to make sure that they do not bring unlawful or prohibited goods into or out of Singapore. The list of controlled and prohibited items can be found on ICA's website.