Traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy during the Deepavali holiday period from Friday, 25 October 2019 to Monday, 28 October 2019. Travellers using the land checkpoints during this period can expect delays and are advised to adjust their travel plans where necessary.
Travellers Have a Part to Play
2. Security at our checkpoints remains the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)’s top priority against any potential threats to Singapore. With security checks coupled with large number of travellers using the checkpoints at the same time, traffic build-up is inevitable and delays can be expected. Travellers should factor the additional time needed for immigration clearance into their plans.
3. Before setting off on their journey, travellers are reminded to check and ensure that they bring their rightful passports with a remaining validity of six months or more. During peak periods, ICA has encountered many instances of travellers turning up at the land checkpoints either with a wrong passport, or without a passport. Such cases will cause unnecessary delays, add to traffic build-up and inconvenience other travellers. ICA would also like to remind travellers that passports which have been reported lost 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 under the Passports Act and may be punished by a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment of up to 10 years, or both. Passports that have been recovered must be surrendered to ICA within 14 days. Failure to surrender the recovered passport is an offence under the Passports Regulations and may be punishable by a fine of up to $3,000 or imprisonment for up to 2 years, or both.
4. Travellers are also reminded not to bring in prohibited items such as firecrackers, “Pop-Pop” or chewing gum. If travellers bring in dutiable or controlled items such as eggs, meat products and potted plants, they should proactively make declarations to our officers prior to checks.
5. There were many instances of queue-cutting at both land checkpoints during peak periods. ICA advises against this as it can cause severe congestion and compromise motorists’ safety. Motorists are reminded to observe traffic rules, maintain lane discipline at all times and cooperate with checkpoint officers to ensure a safe environment at the checkpoints.
6. Before embarking on the journey, motorists are advised to check the traffic situation at Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints through the One Motoring website or via the Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the BKE and AYE respectively. Motorists can also check the ICA’s Facebook page for updates on the traffic situation at both land checkpoints.
Clearance Efficiency Without Compromising Security
7. The ICA will continue to take necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security. Our checkpoint officers will continue to monitor traffic conditions on a real time basis and ensure optimal deployment of resources. The ICA will also continue to work with the Traffic Police to ensure road discipline at the critical junctions leading to the land checkpoints. We seek travellers’ understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak periods.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
23 OCTOBER 2019