Heavy traffic at checkpoints expected for holidays, travellers advised to plan ahead

A Customs officer inspecting the boot of a car passing through the Woodlands Checkpoint, on Dec 21, 2015.
A Customs officer inspecting the boot of a car passing through the Woodlands Checkpoint, on Dec 21, 2015. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - Traffic at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints is expected to build up from Wednesday in anticipation of the Christmas and New Year holidays, and continue until next Sunday (Jan 3), the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Tuesday (Dec 22).

Travellers using the land checkpoints during this period can expect delays, and are advised to adjust their travel plans if possible to avoid a surge of travellers and vehicles seeking clearance.

They are also reminded to bring their correct passports for immigration clearance, as delays at the checkpoints can be caused by travellers using passports belonging to someone else, or those that are invalid, the ICA said. Between January and October this year, 622 Singaporeans were found using such passports at the two checkpoints.

These incidents included using passports that were previously reported as lost or stolen, an offence punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, a 10-year prison term or both.

Eligible users - Singaporeans, Singapore permanent residents and Long Term Pass holders - are encouraged to use the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System lanes at the bus halls for immigration clearance.

 
 

Other tips for using the checkpoints include car-pooling where possible, checking on the traffic situation beforehand and maintaining lane discipline at all times.

The ICA said that it will continue to take measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security, and seeks travellers' understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak period.

For more information, motorists can call the traffic information hotline at 686-30117, or visit the Land Transport Authority's One Motoring website at www.onemotoring.com.sg or MyTransport.SG portal for the latest traffic conditions.