As the March school holiday approaches, traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy from Friday, 15 March 2019 to Sunday, 24 March 2019. Traffic is expected to be particularly heavy on weekends from 15 to 17 March, and from 22 to 24 March. Travellers using the land checkpoints during these periods 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, traffic build-up is inevitable, especially when large number of travellers use the checkpoints at the same time. Travellers are advised to adjust their travel plans where necessary.
3. Travellers are 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.
4. 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 land discipline at all times and cooperate with checkpoint officers to ensure a safe environment at the checkpoints.
5. 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
6. 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 arrival and departure traffic conditions and ensure optimal deployment of resources to handle peak-hour traffic. 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
13 MARCH 2019