11-Apr-2017 filed under Press Releases
With the Good Friday holiday coming up on 14 April 2017, traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy, particularly from Thursday, 13 April to Sunday, 16 April 2017. Travellers using the land checkpoints during this period can expect delays and should take note of this advisory.
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. The BioScreen system has been implemented at the passenger halls of our land checkpoints to capture the thumbprints of travellers. With security checks, traffic build-up is inevitable, especially when a large number of travellers use the checkpoints at the same time. To avoid a surge of travellers and vehicles seeking clearance at the land checkpoints, travellers are advised to adjust their travel plans if possible.
3. Travellers are also reminded to check and ensure that they are using their own passports with a remaining validity of six months or more before setting off on their journey. There have been instances of Singaporeans presenting wrong passports or passports which have been reported lost for immigration clearance. Such cases will lead to delays and cause inconvenience to the passport holders and other checkpoints users. These passports 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 the ICA within 14 days to prevent abuse by persons with ill-intent. Failure to surrender the recovered passport is an offence under the Passports Regulations and may be punished by a fine of up to $3,000 or imprisonment for up to 2 years, or both.
4. Motorists are advised to check the traffic situation at both land checkpoints before embarking on their journey. Travellers leaving Singapore by Woodlands or Tuas checkpoint 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.
For more Traffic Information:
a. Call the traffic information hotline at 6863-0117;
b. Tune in to the radio for the latest traffic conditions; or
c. Visit LTA’s One Motoring website (www.onemotoring.com.sg) or MyTransport.SG portal (www.mytransport.sg) to check the latest traffic conditions before embarking on your journey.
Clearance Efficiency Without Compromising Security
5. The ICA will continue to take necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security. We seek travellers’ understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak periods.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
11 APRIL 2017