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Land Checkpoints: Heavy Traffic Expected for the Upcoming Long Weekend and School Holidays

            With the upcoming long weekend and school holidays in September, heavy traffic is expected at both Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints in the lead-up to and during the period from 31 August 2023 (Thursday) to 11 September 2023 (Monday).

2.          As observed during the recent June school holidays, there was continuous heavy traffic at the land checkpoints with close to 250,000 departing travellers at the start of the holidays on 1 June 2023. During the weekend period of 16 June to 18 June 2023, more than 1.2 million travellers, averaging more than 400,000 crossings per day, used the land checkpoints. Those who departed by car had to wait up to three hours before they were cleared through immigration during peak periods.

3.          Travellers are thus advised to factor in additional waiting time for immigration clearance, especially over the weekends.

Things to note for a smoother journey

4.          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 installed along the BKE and AYE. Motorists can also get updates through ICA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as local radio broadcasts on Money 89.3, One 91.3, Kiss92, Hao 96.3, UFM 100.3.

5.          Travellers should ensure their passport has a remaining validity of at least six months. Singapore permanent residents who have renewed their passport will have to transfer their Re-Entry Permit to the new passport. Long-Term Pass holders will need to notify ICA or the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of any change in their passport particulars before their entry into Singapore.

6.          ICA works closely with the Traffic Police to ensure road discipline at the critical junctions and roads leading to the land checkpoints. Motorists should refrain from queue cutting as it can cause severe congestion and compromise the safety of other motorists. They are advised to observe traffic rules, maintain lane discipline, and cooperate with officers on-site. Errant motorists caught queue cutting will be turned back into Singapore.

7.          ICA seeks travellers’ understanding and cooperation to be patient, observe traffic rules, maintain lane discipline, and cooperate with officers on-site when using the land checkpoints.

28 AUGUST 2023