06-Aug-2012 filed under Travel Advisory
With the National Day and Hari Raya Puasa holidays coming up on 9 August and 19 August 2012, traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy. Travellers intending to use the land checkpoints during the peak periods should take note of the following travel advisory.
Traffic is Expected to be Heavy at Both Checkpoints
2 Traffic volume at the two land checkpoints is expected to be high for the National Day period, from 8 August and will continue till 12 August. For the Hari Raya Puasa period, traffic build up is also expected from 17 August and the high traffic volume through the checkpoints is expected to last till 20 August 2012. Travellers using the land checkpoints during these periods can expect delays.
Travellers Have a Part to Play
3 To avoid a surge of people and vehicles seeking clearance at the land checkpoints, travellers are advised to adjust their travel plans if possible. With enhanced security checks, traffic build-up is inevitable, particularly when a large number of travellers use the checkpoints at the same time.
4 If you must travel during the peak periods and will be driving, you can play a part to ease congestion at the land checkpoints by maintaining lane discipline at all times. You are also encouraged to car-pool or make use of public transport. Singaporeans who are issued with the BioPass or are registered with the National Registration Office, are encouraged to use the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) lanes at the bus halls for immigration clearance. The eIACS allows you to clear immigration through automated lanes within 12 seconds at no additional cost.
5 Travellers are reminded to ensure that they are carrying their own passports before presenting themselves for immigration clearance at the checkpoints. The ICA has detected a number of cases where travellers presented the wrong passports for immigration clearance. This has affected clearance efficiency and caused inconvenience to other checkpoint users. In addition, travellers should also 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 http://www.ica.gov.sg.
6 Travellers leaving Singapore by Woodlands or Tuas Checkpoints will be able to know in advance the traffic situation from LTA’s Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the AYE and BKE respectively. You can also call the traffic information hotline at 6863-0117, listen to TrafficWatch on the radio or visit LTA’s One Motoring website (http://www.onemotoring.com.sg) to check the latest traffic conditions at the land checkpoints before embarking on your journey.
Security is our Utmost Concern
7 Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore’s security. The enhanced security checks are critical to our nation’s security. The ICA will put in every effort and continue to take the necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security. We seek your understanding and cooperation, as your security is our utmost concern.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
6 August 2012