Heavy Traffic Expected at Land Checkpoints 4 – 14 Feb 2016

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Starts4 Feb 2016 (Thu)Ends14 Feb 2016 (Sun)
Location Land Checkpoints
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With the Lunar New Year holiday coming up on 8 February 2016, traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy.

Travellers intending to use the land checkpoints during the peak periods should take note of this advisory:

Traffic volume at the two land checkpoints is expected to build up from Thursday (4 February) and will continue till Sunday (14 February). About 430,000 travellers are expected to use the land checkpoints daily during the festive peak period.

Travellers can expect heavy departure traffic from 4 to 7 February while arrival traffic is expected to be particularly heavy from 9 to 14 February. Travellers using the land checkpoints during this period can expect delays.

Security at checkpoints remains the ICA’s top priority against any potential threats to Singapore. 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.

Travellers are reminded to check and ensure that they are using their own valid passports. There have been instances of Singaporeans presenting wrong or invalid passports for immigration clearance. Some of these cases include Singaporeans who had presented passports which were previously reported as lost.

Such cases will lead to delays and cause inconvenience to the passport holders as well as other checkpoints users. Passports which had been reported lost or stolen can no longer be used for travelling even if they are found subsequently. Lost or stolen passports will be cancelled by ICA, and any attempt to use the cancelled passports 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. Such 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 Act Regulations and may be punished by a fine of up to $3,000 or imprisonment for up to 2 years, or both

Useful Tips When Using the Checkpoints:

  1. Travllers are encouraged to car-pool where possible.
  2. Drivers should maintain lane discipline at all times.
  3. Eligible users (Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents and Long Team Pass holders) are encouraged to use the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) lanes at the bus halls for immigration clearance.
  4. Travellers are to ensure that they are carrying their own and valid passports before presenting them for immigration clearance at the checkpoints; and
  5. Travellers are to make sure that they do not bring unlawful or prohibited goods into or out of Singapore. The list of controlled and prohibited items can be found on ICA’s website http://www.ica.gov.sg

Motorists are advised to check on 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:

  • Call the traffic information hotline at 6863-0117;
  • Tune in to the radio for the latest traffic conditions;
  • Visit LTA’s One Motoring website (http://www.onemotoring.com.sg) or MyTransport.SG portal (MyTransport.SG) to check the latest traffic conditions before embarking on your journey.

The ICA will continue to take the necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security. ICA seeks travellers’ understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak period.

Other terms and conditions apply.

Event on 4 – 14 Feb 2016

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