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Advisory for Travels via The Land Checkpoints for Upcoming September School Holiday

            Traffic flow through Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints is gradually returning to pre-COVID-19 volume with more than 313,000 travellers clearing through both checkpoints per day over the recent weekend (26 to 28 August). This has surpassed the last highest weekend travel volume recorded during the National Day holiday (302,000 per day), as well as the June school holiday (278,000 per day), Vesak Day (224,000 per day) and Good Friday (149,000 per day) weekends.  

2.          ICA expects continued heavy traffic this coming weekend with the September school holiday period from 2 to 11 September 2022. Travellers should expect delays and are advised to adjust their travel plans, where possible, to avoid being caught in traffic congestion. We seek travellers’ understanding and cooperation to be patient, observe traffic rules, maintain lane discipline, and cooperate with officers on-site when using the land checkpoints. 

Traffic advice to travellers 

3.          At the peak of the September school holiday in 2019, travellers departing and arriving by car via the land checkpoints had to wait up to one and a half hours before they were cleared through immigration. 

4.          Travellers are advised to factor in additional time for immigration clearance and avoid the following peak hours from 2 to 11 September: 

Departing Singapore Arriving in Singapore
  • Fridays and Sundays 1800hrs to 2359hrs
  • Monday 1000hrs to 1200hrs
  • Saturdays 0600hrs to 0900hrs, 1800hrs to 2359hrs
  • Saturdays and weekdays 2200hrs to 2359hrs
  • Sundays 1800hrs to 2359hrs

5.          Travellers departing via Woodlands Checkpoint may also wish to note that the Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia has been conducting upgrading works on their arrival immigration car booths at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar since 6 June. During this period, booths that are undergoing upgrading will not be operational. 

6.          Before embarking on their journey, motorists are advised to check the traffic situation at the land checkpoints through the Land Transport Authority (LTA)’s One Motoring website or via the Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the BKE and AYE respectively. Motorists can also get updates on the traffic situation at both land checkpoints through ICA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as local radio broadcast on Money 89.3, Kiss92, One 91.3, Hao 96.3, UFM 100.3. 

Things to note for a smoother journey  

7.          To ensure a smooth immigration clearance and avoid undue delays, travellers are reminded to note the following:  

i) They should ensure their passport has a remaining validity of six months or more. 
ii) Singapore permanent residents who have renewed their passport will have to transfer their Re-Entry Permit (REP) to the new passport. Long-term pass (LTP) holders will need to notify ICA or the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of any change in their passport particulars.  
iii) All short-term visitors including in-principle approval holders are required to submit their Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC)[1] with health declaration within three days prior to their arrival in Singapore[2]
iv) Drivers of foreign-registered vehicles entering Singapore must have a valid Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP), LTA approval email and Autopass card. 

Comply with other requirements 

8.          Travellers are also reminded not to bring in prohibited items. Those bringing in dutiable or controlled items must proactively make declarations to our officers prior to being checked. 

9.          Departing travellers driving Singapore-registered cars are reminded to observe the “three-quarter tank” rule. Offenders may be issued with a composition sum of up to $500 or prosecuted in court. They will be turned back at the land checkpoints, and not allowed to proceed with their journey into Malaysia. 

Clearance efficiency without compromising security  

10.         ICA will take the necessary measures to facilitate immigration clearance without compromising security. Our checkpoint officers monitor traffic conditions in real-time, to ensure optimal deployment of resources. We also work with the Traffic Police to ensure road discipline at the critical junctions leading to the land checkpoints.  

31 AUGUST 2022  

[1] Available on ICA’s website ( or through the MyICA Mobile which can be downloaded for from either the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android). Submissions to the ICA through these platforms are free of charge.

[2] This also includes non-fully vaccinated Singapore residents and LTP holders, as well as all travellers who have travel history to any country/region in the Restricted Category in the past seven days. There are currently no countries/regions in the Restricted Category.