Expect delays at Tuas, Woodlands checkpoints during holidays: ICA

Woodlands Checkpoint. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

SINGAPORE — Travellers through the Woodlands and Tuas land checkpoints are advised to expect delays during the year-end school holidays period from Friday (15 November) to 31 December, as traffic flow is expected to be heavy.

In a media release on Wednesday, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that traffic build-up is inevitable with the increase in security checks on the large number of travellers, as its priority is to maintain security at the checkpoints.

It has advised travellers to factor the additional time needed for immigration clearance into their plans. They are also reminded to check and bring along their rightful passports with a remaining validity of six months or more.

Passports reported lost can no longer be used

ICA also said 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 punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail term of up to 10 years.

Passports that have been recovered must be surrendered to ICA within 14 days. Failure to surrender the recovered passport is an offence punishable by a fine of up to $3,000 and/or imprisonment for up to two years.

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 ICA officers prior to checks.

Foreign visitors can use SG Arrival Card service

As for foreign visitors, they are encouraged to submit their arrival cards online via the SG Arrival Card e-service on the ICA website or mobile application (available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store) for greater convenience.

They can submit the electronic arrival cards up to 14 days ahead of their arrival in Singapore, and do not need to fill up the paper-based disembarkation/embarkation card upon arrival. They will only need to produce their passports for immigration clearance.

ICA also warns motorists against queue-cutting at both land checkpoints during peak periods, as it can cause severe congestion and compromise motorists’ safety.

Motorists advised to check traffic situation

Motorists are advised to check the traffic situation at Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints through the One Motoring website or via the Expressway Monitoring and Advisory System installed along the BKE and AYE respectively. They can also check the ICA’s Facebook page for updates on the traffic situation at both land checkpoints.

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